Its finally here! After months of editing, checking and revising, level three of our Printable Music Theory Books series is now available.
This level is more comprehensive and more more detailed than we ever imagined it would be. The workbook weighs in at 88 pages of jam packed content for teaching music theory.
There are some major reasons why our music theory course is different to just about any other music theory books that you’ll find:
We don’t just write a theory book out of the experience of one author, using their experiences and knowledge. Most importantly we seek out the opinions and needs of the users of our products, and find out what it is that they are looking for in music theory materials. Before embarking on the writing process for this level we surveyed customers in detail about every aspect of what they are looking for from more advanced levels of Printable Music Theory Books.
After our initial drafts are written, we have a detailed consultation phase, where we invite two groups of people to look over our work for accuracy and relevance. Those two groups are Music Theory Experts (people who have degrees in high level music theory or experience working with one of the major examination boards) and customers who already use the product.
We pay these experts for their time and attention to do a detailed review. It is worth every cent, as we vastly improve the product between their review and final release.
After we’ve painstakingly dealt with every point that was brought up in the review, we then rewrite and check until we’re happy with it, and then we get it proofread again twice for accuracy.
Once again, a choice of European (stave, crotchet) or American (staff, quarter note) language styles are available, plus a choice between letter or A4 paper.
With these workbooks you have the choice of printing out only the parts you need. Therefore if something goes further than you need to teach, then you don’t have to use it. You can skip it and come back later. You can even pick and choose the worksheets you want to use and make up your own custom workbook.
At this level, because we have begun learning harmony we offer two sections that you can choose between, or do both. One on “traditional harmony” where the students will learn four part vocal style and perfect and plagal cadences, and one section on “piano style harmony”, where the students will learn to add chords to a simple melody for piano.
Lets have a look at each section of Level three in detail:
Section 1 – Pitch Reading
This section reviews what the students should already know from Levels one and two, and goes a little further with more ledger lines and accidentals. The concept of Enharmonic notes is introduced, along with Double Sharps and Double Flats, and most importantly the Alto Clef.
Section 2 – Rhythm Concepts
This section follows up on the enormous amount of rhythm content in level two, with more work on note values and time signatures, adding time signatures to rhythms, and firms up their knowledge on the grouping of notes and rests in different time signatures.
Section 3 – Intervals
In level three we review and consolidate the knowledge of major, minor and perfect intervals, plus introduce augmented and diminished intervals. Learning about intervals is very important, and helps their understanding of chords later on.
Section 4 – Keys and Scales
This continues learning the circle of 5ths, and helps the students know in detail all major keys up to 5 sharps and 5 flats, and minor keys up to 3 sharps or flats. Major, and all three forms of the minor scale are explained in detail, plus we cover major and minor pentatonic, whole tone and blues scales.
Section 5 – Chords
In this section we cover the structure of major and minor triads, plus learn about primary triads in major and minor keys. We also deal with inversions of triads, and introduce figured bass naming conventions. The dominant seventh chord is also introduced.
This section can be skipped if not wanting to teach traditional style harmony, however because the concepts of voice leading are still useful in whatever style of music you learn most students will not find it too daunting using the simple approach we have used.
One of our reviewers even said “I wish I had it explained this clearly when I was at college”!
This section covers four part vocal style in detail, plus the voicing of chords in four parts. We then cover how to write perfect and plagal cadences in detail, and give plenty of practice.
Section 7 – A modern approach to harmony
This section aims to get a student to be able to choose appropriate chords for a simple tune, using just chords I, IV, and V7. This will mean that they can choose appropriate chords for just about any “three chord wonder” tune! They will also learn a few keyboard accompaniment styles to go underneath their melody, and learn to voice them with smoothly flowing chords.
Section 8 – Transposition
This section follows up on the introduction to transposition in level two with more examples, plus explains how to transpose a chord chart. Students will also learn practical skills like how to transpose for Trumpet, Clarinet or Alto Saxophone.
Section 9 – General Knowledge
This section consolidates the previous knowledge and introduces a few new italian music terms, consistent with grade three level around the world.
“Fill in the blanks” for revision definitions and content.
Sometimes when students learn something, lets face it: it can go “in one ear, and out the other”!
We’ve all had situations where students have forgotten things that they should know! For this reason we have re-stated lots of definitions and explanations in this book that were covered in level one and two. However, we haven’t made it that easy for them! In our explanation boxes in level three there are lots of “fill in the blanks” boxes which require the students to fill in the answer. Don’t worry: we’ve provided the answers in the back of the book if they are working on their own and get stuck.
Better Manuscript Size for Students
We listened! One of the major things that teachers told us was that the manuscript size in levels one and two was too small for the students to write in easily. This we know is a major problem with lots of music theory materials. Therefore we set out to really find out what would work well for students, and we think we have made this book perfect to what the students will need.
Not only have we written the new book in this new optimized size we have also completely revised the workbooks from levels one and two with all new manuscript size. If you’ve purchased either of these books you can now go back to the members area and download a new version with improved manuscript size.
Quizzes now sequential with course
Another comment we had was that the multiple choice quizzes were drawn from all over the course, so all four of them really had to be used at the end, rather than part way through the course.
Therefore we thought: lets change it! We’ve now made it so that the multiple choice quizzes can be used throughout the course, in between the other assessments. Its a clear sequential process of working through the course with one assessment and then one quiz. The quizzes review previous sections, but don’t go past the level that they are currently at.
We are giving you fair warning – our prices have to increase in 2011!
$49.95 per level is really not very much to pay at all, when you consider that you are purchasing a lifetime printing license. We have seen similar printable materials sold for over $200 a level, and we really want to make it affordable for everyone. Therefore there will only be a small increase to cover our enormous development costs for these products.
However it is now available still at its 2010 price of $49.95. Don’t miss your chance to grab it at this price before January!
If you’ve ordered from us before just click here to login to the members area with your username and password. Then simply choose ‘Printable Music Theory Books Level Three’ from the drop down menu on your entry page.
If you haven’t ordered from us before click here to visit the printable music theory books page to review what is in all three levels. All three levels are available now for just $129.95. This is the lowest ever which will be offered! Next year the package will cost much more.