Higher Education

Mastering Music Fundamentals: A Guided Step by Step Approach, 1st Edition

  • includes CD-ROM
  • Michael Kinney SUNY Broome Community College
  • ISBN-10: 0534618340  |  ISBN-13: 9780534618346
  • 500 Pages
  • © 2005 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $126.75



MASTERING MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS is a prescriptive, hands-on introduction to the fundamentals of music that assists the instructor in presenting the subject matter in a user-friendly format. The organization and presentation of the material in each chapter revolves around basic "principles" that the author explains and reinforces with numerous problems for students to solve. The book does not simply present music theory issues; rather, it guides students using a visual step-by-step process that anticipates and answers students’ questions. A CD-ROM, packaged free with every new copy of the text, includes additional exercises to increase mastery.

Table of Contents

1.The Tools of Music.
2. Rhythm.
3. Scales.
4. Key Signatures.
5. Modes.
6. Intervals.
7. Triads.
8. Harmonic Functions of Triads.
9. Transposition.

Efficacy and Outcomes


"This text could serve to increase student enjoyment, and promote friendly interaction with the instructor largely because students can move at their own pace. Students can go through this material ’step by step’ on their own. This approach promotes student ownership of the material, and reduces the need for the instructor to spend the class time ’lecturing.’

— Janice Wyma, Irvine Valley College

"The handiness of (the Review of Chapter) principles, along with their clarity is great. It made me wish my college text so many years ago had been that convenient. It’s like having that screwdriver in the kitchen drawer, as well as in the garage - handy!"

— Paul S. Carter, SUNY at Oneonta

"The text is extremely well-written and accurate with regard to tonal theory. The guided step by-step procedures for spelling and identifying music structures are excellent."

— Ken Bales, University of Nebraska at Omaha


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Student Supplements

Book-Specific CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 0534618367 | ISBN-13: 9780534618360)

AUTOMATICALLY PACKAGED WITH EVERY NEW COPY OF THE BOOK AND NOT AVAILABLE SEPARATELY. Bound into each copy of MASTERING MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS, the CD-ROM features hundreds of supplementary music samples paired with exercises and activities from the text. Additional interactive practice exercises keyed to each chapter of the main text focus on the basic skills and provide a more solid understanding of the elements of music. Immediate feedback within each exercise allows students to track their progress, and results can be emailed directly to their instructors.

List Price = $60.95  | CengageBrain Price = $60.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $45.50

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Michael Kinney

Michael Kinney is a professor of music and Chair of the Fine, Performing and Media Arts Department at SUNY Broome Community College. He was awarded the State University of New York¿s Chancellor¿s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Kinney is a published composer, active conductor and professional musician.