WRITING AND TEACHING
Learning to Read Music
How to make sense of those mysterious symbols and bring music alive.
Whether you want to learn how to play an instrument, or just refresh your existing capability, whether you sing in a choir, or would simply like to follow scores while listening, this book will help you achieve your aim. It leads you carefully through the basics of pitch, rhythm, keys, scales, chords, and much more, building your knowledge chapter by chapter until you are able to read music with ease. The visual index of musical symbols laid out at the start will make clear the task at hand. Reference to common instruments and familiar tunes will help bring your learning to life, while self-testing and chapter summaries ensure that you develop and retain this new skill. By the end of the book, you will have come a long way. Your knowledge of music notation will be a pleasure to you, and a useful tool. As well as its practical applications for any performer, this book will give you insights into how music is put together. You will have the feeling of knowing the music from the inside.
Published by How To Books
3rd edition 2008
Pop Music: the Text Book
by Tony Bricheno, Peter Nickol and Julia Winterson
Pop Music is now a component of many courses in schools, colleges and universities; Pop Music: the Text Book has been written with the needs of these courses in mind. It traces the development of pop music through the twentieth century, investigating the influence of each generation upon the next. The forms and musical characteristics of different styles are identified, with profiles of some of the most influential musicians of each decade and a glossary of relevant musical terms. The book also includes extensive chapters on the development of music technology and examines the different roles of people working in the music industry, explaining the processes involved in making and selling a CD. Unlike many books on pop music, this one makes direct reference to the music throughout.
Published by Peters Edition
Editing and Proofreading Music
Peter Nickol teaches this course for the SfEP (Society for Editors and Proofreaders).
Using a wide variety of examples, it introduces the principles and techniques of editing and proofreading music: checking for visual and musical sense; marking up a music manuscript; understanding the needs of the music setter; considering the differences between book publishing and music publishing, and between different styles of notation as they are used for different types of music. The interaction of music notation with surrounding text is examined, whether in an academic or educational context. Participants must be able to read music.
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