Higher Education

Foundations of Music and Musicianship, 3rd Edition

  • includes CD-ROM
  • David A. Damschroder University of Minnesota
  • ISBN-10: 0534595529  |  ISBN-13: 9780534595524
  • 336 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2002, 1992
  • © 2006 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $142.50



FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC AND MUSICIANSHIP, 3rd Edition is intended for a one-semester course in the basic elements of music, including rhythm, meter, intervals, scales, triads, chords, and chord progressions. In Part One, the author explains intervals, scales, and triads. In Part Two, he expands the discussion to include chords and chord progressions. The many activities in this book, along with the accompanying CD-ROM enclosed free with every new copy of this text, will help your students to soon be reading and making music from written notation. With David Damschroder's expert guidance, they'll learn the fundamental concepts of music theory not as a spectator, but as an active participant.

Table of Contents

1. Pitch: The Piano Keyboard. Rhythm: Quarter Notes and Half Notes in 4/4 Meter.
2. Pitch: Intervals and Triads in C Major. Rhythm: 2/4 and 3/4 Meters.
3. Pitch: The Keys of F Major and G Major. Rhythm: Rests.
4. Pitch: Three Minor Keys. Rhythm: Eighth Notes and Eighth Rests.
5. Pitch: Keys with Two through Four Sharps or Flats. Rhythm: Upbeats and Repeats.
6. Pitch: Five Interval Qualities. Rhythm: Compound Meters. Practice Midterm Examination.
7. Pitch: From Triad to Chord. Rhythm: Sixteenth Notes and Rests in Simple Meters.
8. Pitch: Chordal Inversion. Rhythm: Sixteenth Notes and Rests in Compound Meters.
9. Pitch: Chordal Analysis. Rhythm: Triplets.
10. Pitch: The Leading Tone in Chords and Scales. Rhythm: Syncopation.
11. Pitch: Chord Progression in Major Keys. Rhythm: Ties.
12. Pitch: Chord Progression in Minor Keys. Rhythm: Meters with Half-Note Beats.
Practice Final Examination.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"The strengths of this text are many. I find the prose and explanations to be exceptional in both writing style and clarity, a rarity in elementary music texts. The examples are well chosen and are based on tunes familiar to the majority of students: again, this is not always the case! On a more specific level, I am pleased with the way intervals are presented; they are tied exclusively to diatonic scales and not discussed as abstract pairs of pictures, which is infinitely more instructive to the student."

— Melissa E. Mann, University of Southern Maine

"This text strikes a balance between teaching goals for non-music majors as well as those for music majors who need thorough review; i.e., the text gets into harmonic analysis very much in line with what most college undergraduate music majors do."

— Paul Murphy, State University of New York—College At Fredonia

"I think my students will find the new edition even more user friendly—it explains things very clearly and moves forward at a more even pace. There is a good mix of exercises, examples, and helpful hints."

— Roger Zahab, University of Pittsburgh


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Student Supplements

CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 0534605311 | ISBN-13: 9780534605315)

The free CD includes more than 1,000 audio examples and exercises; musically shaped MIDI performances of all the musical examples in the text, rendered in rich timbres through Yamaha MidXtra soft-synthesizer technology; and interactive computer-based exercises to complement each chapter, including special tutorials for note reading and key signatures.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

David A. Damschroder

David Damschroder teaches music theory at the University of Minnesota. He is author of LISTEN AND SING (Schirmer) and the forthcoming AN ESSAY ON HARMONIC ANALYSIS.