A Comparative Study of Selected Tests for Prediting Proficiency in Collegiate Music Theory

A Comparative Study of Selected Tests for Prediting Proficiency in Collegiate Music Theory

Date: August 1965
Creator: Perry, William Wade, 1931-
Description: The problem in this study may be stated as an analysis of the prognostic capability of scores on selected tests for the prediction of proficiency in music theory at the collegiate freshman level.
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Exploring the Private Music Studio: Problems Faced by Teachers in Attempting to Quantify the Success of Teaching Theory in Private Lessons through One Method as Opposed to Another

Exploring the Private Music Studio: Problems Faced by Teachers in Attempting to Quantify the Success of Teaching Theory in Private Lessons through One Method as Opposed to Another

Date: August 2006
Creator: McKnight, Michael
Description: I present strategies and methods for teaching fundamentals of music theory in the context of the private music studio through a variety of techniques and research. Beginning with a background in educational psychology, examples of behaviorist and cognitive teaching models are presented, and how each applies to teaching music is explained. Two detailed examples of actual lessons are presented, coupled with musical examples, to describe both the process and the concepts that can be presented. A qualitative experiment based upon the learning styles of three music students and the effect of different teaching styles when teaching the same concept is presented and discussed in detail.
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The Tone Clock: Peter Schat's System and an Application to His  Etudes for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 39

The Tone Clock: Peter Schat's System and an Application to His Etudes for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 39

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Date: December 2002
Creator: Petrella, Diane Helfers
Description: The scope of this study includes relevant background information on Peter Schat and his compositions and process, an explanation of the Tone Clock system and a detailed analysis of one of his compositions, the Etudes for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 39. The intent is to demonstrate how the Tone Clock naturally evolved from the practices of the Second Viennese School and how it relates to both new and existing modern music. The study is divided into five chapters. Chapter 1 presents a brief introduction to Peter Schat and the Tone Clock. Chapter 2 provides a more detailed biography of Peter Schat and traces the development and evolution of his compositional techniques, ultimately culminating in the Tone Clock. Chapter 3 provides a basic explanation of the Tone Clock itself, with demonstrations of various components through musical examples and illustrations. Chapter 4 is a detailed analysis of the Etudes for Piano and Orchestra, Opus. 39. Chapter 5 summarizes the results of the study, with special attention to the impact of the Tone Clock on performance from the perspective of the performer. The analysis of the Etudes was completed by using the Tone Clock as an analytical tool, aided by the composer's original ...
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Elements of Musical Composition; comprehending the Rules of Thorough Bass, and the Theory of Tuning.

Elements of Musical Composition; comprehending the Rules of Thorough Bass, and the Theory of Tuning.

Date: 1812
Creator: Crotch, William, 1775-1847.
Description: Manual describing musical composition for beginners. The manual is divided in 9 chapters and includes 479 musical examples engraved in 59 pages at the end of the book, as well as four plates with figures (plate no. II appears at the beginning of the book. The musical examples cover the following subjects: scales, intervals (diatonic and chromatic) and their inversion, counterpoint rules, harmonic progressions, use of non-harmonic tones (suspensions, passing notes, appoggiaturas, and upper-lower neighbor. It also includes several examples taken from Handel's "Dettingen Te Deum," "Messiah," and from Haydn's oratorio "Creation," among others.
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A Course in Keyboard Harmony Based on the Recitative Style and the Figured Bass

A Course in Keyboard Harmony Based on the Recitative Style and the Figured Bass

Date: August 1948
Creator: Thompson, George S. (George Sidney)
Description: The problem of this study is to present a course in keyboard harmony based on the recitative style and figured bass of great works of music which can be used in the teaching of beginning and advanced college music theory.
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Heritage and Innovation of Harmony: A Study of West Side Story

Heritage and Innovation of Harmony: A Study of West Side Story

Date: Spring 2006
Creator: Miller, Nathan
Description: Honors thesis written by a student in the UNT Honors College discussing West Side Story, its history, its contributors, and the innovative musical numbers therein.
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The Influence of Hindemith's Harmonic Theories on Das Marienleben, op. 27

The Influence of Hindemith's Harmonic Theories on Das Marienleben, op. 27

Date: August 1978
Creator: Kubitza, Jana L.
Description: This study attempts to show the relationship of Hindemith's harmonic theories and practice in the revision of Das Marienleben, op. 27. The study is based on Hindemith's The Craft of Musical Composition, commentaries on Hindemith's application of his theories, and analyses of Das Marienleben. Chapter One concerns Hindemith's contribution as a theorist, including a synopsis of his harmonic theories, and his application of the theories in his compositions. Chapter Two concerns Das Marienleben itself, including general information about the work and its revision, and an analytical comparison of its two versions. Chapter Three concludes that Hindemith made improvements in the new version in accordance with his harmonic theories through replacing ambiguous harmony with carefully controlled fluctuation and clearly defined tonalities.
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A Theory Placement Test for Students Transferring to North Texas State College School of Music

A Theory Placement Test for Students Transferring to North Texas State College School of Music

Date: August 1950
Creator: Reavley, Ruth
Description: The purpose of this thesis is to provide a standardized placement test for students transferring to the North Texas State College School of Music with previous college credit in theory. In order to make available to this school a test which may in part be conducted by a responsible person regardless of musical training, recorded and mimeographed exercises have been introduced in the proposed examination. Through use of the recordings and mimeographed forms the proposed test will be uniform in presentation to every student.
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The Published Writings of Ernest McClain Through Spring, 1976

The Published Writings of Ernest McClain Through Spring, 1976

Date: August 1977
Creator: Wingate, F. Leighton
Description: This thesis considers all of Ernest McClain's published writings, from March, 1970, to September, 1976, from the standpoint of their present-day acoustical significance. Although much of the material comes from McClain's writings, some is drawn from other related musical, mathematical, and philosophical works. The four chapters begin with a biographical sketch of McClain, presenting his background which aided him in becoming a theoretical musicologist. The second chapter contains a chronological itemization of his writings and provides a synopsis of them in layman's terms. The following chapter offers an examination of some salient points of McClain's work. The final chapter briefly summarizes the findings and contains conclusions as to their germaneness to current music theory, thereby giving needed exposure to McClain's ideas.
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A Survey of the Influence of Heinrich Schenker on American Music Theory and Its Pedagogy Since 1940

A Survey of the Influence of Heinrich Schenker on American Music Theory and Its Pedagogy Since 1940

Date: December 1974
Creator: Austin, John C.
Description: This study investigates the influence of the Austrian music theorist Heinrich Schenker on American music theory since 1940, including a survey of writings related to Schenker and theory textbooks displaying his influence. The Schenker influence on American music theory includes many journal articles on Schenker and his principal students. His methods are employed often in analytical discussions of various issues. In addition to numerous dissertations and theses written about Schenker, a number of textbooks are now based wholly or in part on his approach to musical understanding. The current trend towards accepting Schenker's theories is likely to continue as more people are exposed to his teachings.
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