All the practical skills students need to succeed as professional musicians-in a single pedagogical program.
The Musician's Guide to Aural Skills integrates all critical aural skills in a single teaching and learning program coordinated (chapter by chapter) with a companion text in theory and analysis. The two volumes, organized by skill type, contain a wide range of exercises and a diverse repertoire of real music-classical, popular song, film and TV themes, folk songs. There is absolutely no need for supplementary materials, and students are involved in creative music-making from the very beginning.
Volume 1 covers sight-singing, rhythm-reading, improvisation, and keyboard skills, corresponding to blocks of chapters in The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis, Second Edition. Students are able to acquire these essential performance skills at a pace that suits their own needs and abilities, with plenty of Listening Strategies to help them.
1000+ sight-singing melodies include preparatory exercises, author-composed concept études, and melodies from the literature, from all periods and in all styles—many of these ensemble excerpts in two, three, or four parts.
1000+ rhythm drills include basic patterns as well as graded rhythms for solo, duet, and trio. Guided individual and class improvisations encourage imaginative on-the-spot music-making.
These exercises provide a solid foundation in keyboard harmony and bring to life the harmonic models explained in The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis, Second Edition. Beginning with simple paradigms and extending through chromatic harmony, the exercises facilitate a spiral-based learning approach, allowing students to connect a new concept to the one they already know.