Music Theory for the Music Professional
Most chapters address the application of theoretical concepts as they occur in both traditional and popular styles of music. If one principal theme is observed in this book, it is the idea that Western music has changed minimimally throughout the past several hundred years. While progressing through the chapters, the reader should come to realize that classical music is not as mysteriously complex as some think, and that popular-music practice is not significantly different from tradtional practice. A complete general knowledge of the many facets of musical materials will be gained through diligently reading the text, observing the examples, and completing the exercises. The reader should always rememeber that the component parts and principles of music, as we know it, have been in use for many centuries; over time, the elements and syntax of music have remained essentially the same.