Excellence in Theory is especially designed to creatively enrich the curriculums of beginning Instrumental, Choral, and General Music classes! It's all here - Theory and Ear Training, Notation, Composition, and History complete in three volumes.
Progressive Theory concepts and skills are reinforced and reviewed through both written and aural exercises. Ear Training examples and exercises are accessible by teach or student via the Kjos Multimedia Library at www.kjos.com. History pages come alive with vibrant colour images and comprehensive quizzes to help put events, styles, and details into perspective.
Separate Theory and History sections are presented offering multiple teaching possibilities. Theory and History can be taught together or separately depending on your class objectives and scheduling considerations. A Keyboard illustration, glossary, and blank manuscript pages are also included as convenient study tools.
The Theory section in Book Two begins with a review of concepts previously learned, then moves forward into more advanced lessons. Key signatures and the circle of fifths/fourths are introduced, and music reading progresses with new technique and expression markings. Students are introduced to challenging new rhythms, and melodic and harmonic intervals are explored. Each lesson is carefully reinforced through specific Review pages.
Ear Training continues to play a vital role in Book Two, with aural exercises appearing throughout the book wherever new theory concepts are learned. These aural exercises reinforce student understanding and immediately put new theory into practice.
The History section of Book Two presents more detail on each of the musical eras from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. Composers, performers, and important musical events are presented in the historical context of their day. A greater understanding of the historical context in which music was created sets the course for a lifetime of music appreciation.