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Sound Thinking: Developing Musical Literacy Vol. 2



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Sound Thinking: Developing Musical Literacy Vol. 2
By Philip Tacka and Micheal Houlahan
178 pages

Music education text which centers its philosophy around the Kodaly Concept (see also Sound Thinking 1, item  816655, available separately). Provides a sequenced curriculum and ideas for teaching songs. Contains more advanced rhythmic and melodic concepts, modal music, harmonic hearing, and guidelines for teaching listening and 20th century music through improvisation.



Part I Expanding the Tonal Repertoire

  • The Single Eighth Note and Its Use in American Folk Songs
  • Teaching Syncopation
  • Teaching Dotted Eighth and Sixteenth Combinations
  • Teaching high Do
  • Pentatonic Scales

The Diatonic Scale

  • Teaching Fa
  • Do Pentachord and Do Hexachord
  • Introducing the Flat
  • Teaching Ti
  • Introducing the Sharp Sign
  • Teaching T and Z
  • Altered Notes and Forms of the Minor Scale
  • Interval Practice


Part II Upper Level Concepts and Ear Training

Advanced Rhythmic Concepts

  • Introducing 4/4, 3/2 and 4/2 Meter
  • Changing Meter
  • Eighth and Sixteenth Notes as the Beat
  • Compound Time Signatures
  • Asymmetric Meters (7/8, 5/8, 5/4)

Introduction to the Modes

Musicianship Training for Older Beginners

  • Musical Units
  • Development of Musical Memory
  • Sight-Singing and Interval Practice
  • Dictation
  • Part Singing
  • Musical Units for the Older Beginner


Part III Other Musical Skills

The Development of Harmonic Hearing

  • The Teaching of Tonic, Subdominant and Dominant Chord Functions
  • Triads and Their Functions
  • Harmony and Form
  • Introducing Typical Harmonic Progressions
  • Modulation


Improvisation and Composition

  • Improvisation
  • Composition Using Twentieth Century Technique


Music Literature for Children’s Choir Appendix:

Index of Songs and Chants


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