Theory for Today's Musician Workbook
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Theory for Today's Musician Workbook

Ralph Turek, Daniel McCarthy

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Ralph Turek, Daniel McCarthy

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Theory for Today's Musician, Third Edition, recasts the scope of the traditional music theory course to meet the demands of the professional music world, in a style that speaks directly and engagingly to today's music student. It uses classical, folk, popular, and jazz repertoires with clear explanations that link music theory to musical applications. The authors help prepare students by not only exploring how music theory works in art music, but how it functions within modern music, and why this knowledge will help them become better composers, music teachers, performers, and recording engineers.

This broadly comprehensive text merges traditional topics such as part writing and harmony (diatonic, chromatic, neo-tonal and atonal), with less traditional topics such as counterpoint and musical process, and includes the non-traditional topics of popular music songwriting, jazz harmony and the blues. The accompanying companion website provides interactive exercises that allow students to practice foundational theory skills. Written by experienced authors, both active classroom teachers for many years, Theory for Today's Musician is the complete and ideal theory text to enable today's student to accomplish their musical goals tomorrow.

Updated and corrected throughout, the Third Edition includes:

  • Expanded coverage of atonality and serialism, now separated into two chapters.
  • Broadened treatment of cadences, including examples from popular music.
  • Substantially rewritten chapter on songwriting.
  • Interactive features of the text simplified to two types, "Concept Checks" and "Review and Reinforcement, " for greater ease of use.
  • New and updated musical examples added throughout.
  • Charts, illustrations, and musical examples revised for increased clarity.
  • Audio of musical examples now provided through the companion website.

The accompanying Workbook offers exercises and assignments to accompany each chapter in the book. A companion website houses online tutorials with drills of basic concepts, as well as audio.

The paperback WORKBOOK is also paired with the corresponding hardback TEXTBOOK in a discounted PACKAGE (9780815371731).

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Chapter One
Assorted Preliminaries

Pitch Matters

A. Identify the modes and transpose each in the same clef to consist entirely of unaltered pitches (“white keys”).
Sample solution
B. Add the accidental(s) needed to create the specified mode. Be careful to observe the clefs. Do not change the first pitch.
C. Write the requested modes beginning on the given final, adding accidentals where needed. Then show the key signature needed to change the mode as indicated.
D. Identify the mode for each melody. Then, re-notate the melody on the blank staff, using the specified transposition and clef. (Note: If accidentals are present in the original version, they’ll be necessary in your transposition as well.)
E. Repeat the following two-measure melodic fragment, adding the accidentals needed to change the mode first to Lydian, then Mixolydian, then Dorian, then Aeolian, and finally Phrygian.
F. Identify the mode of each melody. In which of these is there a rather clear hypermeter? Place an “S” (Strong) and “W” (Weak) above the measures to show this larger-level accentual pattern.
1 “Scarborough Fair” (English folk song)
2 Adele Adkins: "Set Fire to the Rain"
3 Debussy: “String Quartet” op. 10 (first movement)
4 Danny Elfinan: "Simpsons" Theme
5 Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Jerry Lieber, and Mike Stollar: "On Broadway"
6 Kabalevslty: "Eighteen Pieces for Children," op. 27 (Sonatina)
G. For the following passages, identify the way the beat is divided (into two or three parts), the way beats are grouped (into measures of three or four beats), give the meter classification (assume that duple includes quadruple), and identify the hypermeter.
1 Traditional: "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes"
2 Ed Haley: "While Strolling Through the Park"

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Citation styles for Theory for Today's Musician Workbook
APA 6 Citation
Turek, R., & McCarthy, D. (2018). Theory for Today’s Musician Workbook (3rd ed.). Taylor and Francis. Retrieved from (Original work published 2018)
Chicago Citation
Turek, Ralph, and Daniel McCarthy. (2018) 2018. Theory for Today’s Musician Workbook. 3rd ed. Taylor and Francis.
Harvard Citation
Turek, R. and McCarthy, D. (2018) Theory for Today’s Musician Workbook. 3rd edn. Taylor and Francis. Available at: (Accessed: 15 October 2022).
MLA 7 Citation
Turek, Ralph, and Daniel McCarthy. Theory for Today’s Musician Workbook. 3rd ed. Taylor and Francis, 2018. Web. 15 Oct. 2022.