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Essentials of Music Theory Course

 Choose the Best Method for Your Music Students—2 Different Versions

We have two choices for learning the Essentials of Music Theory depending on your learning style—for ages 10 and up. [Read more…]

Essentials of Music Theory Teacher's Answer Key and Ear Training CDs 1 and 2.

Teacher Answer Key
Essentials of Music Theory
Print Version

Essentials of Music Theory Teacher's Answer Key and Ear Training CDs 1 and 2.

Student Books 1-3
Essentials of Music Theory
Print Version

Essentials of Music Theory software.

Software Version
Essentials of
Music Theory

Choosing the Best Method for Your Child

Why Take Music Theory in High School?

For college-bound music majors, it is better to take it during high school.

  • Music majors are typically required to take music theory as part of the degree requirement.
  • If you haven’t taken music theory and can’t pass the pre-test, you may be required to take a basic/remedial course.
  • These add to college expenses and may not count for credit.
  • Not having studied music theory could put you a semester behind because it is a prerequisite for other music courses.

Software Course

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Software Version 3
Essentials of Music Theory
By Andrew Surmani, Karen Farnum Surmani, and Morton Manus,
Publisher: Alfred Music
ISBN-13: 9780739068618

List $59.99

CLEARANCE $54.99

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Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory Software, Version 3 – CD-ROM Complete Student Version

This program is the new and updated software version 3 of Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory Software, Version 3 Complete Volume.

The Student Version is intended for use by one user at a time when you do not need to track the progress of other users. It is PC/Mac compatible.

Features of the software include narration and animation of music theory concepts through lessons, exercises, games, tests and eat training with recordings of a variety of acoustic instruments. There are randomized exercises, ear training and graded reviews for each unit. The glossary had musical terms and symbols with written definitions, pronunciations, and visual/aural examples.

All three volumes are included in the Essentials of Music Theory Software Complete. Topics included are:

Volume 1 (Lessons 1-25):

  • Treble & Bass Clefs
  • 4/4, 3/4 & 2/4 Time Signatures
  • Flats, Sharps & Naturals
  • Whole & Half Steps
  • Dynamic Signs, Temp Markings & Articulation
  • Up to Eighth Notes & Rests

Volume 2 (Lessons 25-50):

  • Major Scales
  • Key Signatures
  • Circle of Fifths
  • Intervals3/8 & 6/8 Time Signatures
  • Triads & V7 Chords

Volume 3 (Lessons 51-75):

  • 1st & 2nd Inversions of Triads
  • Figured Bass
  • Chord Progressions
  • Minor Scales & Triads
  • Modes
  • Harmonizing & Composing Melodies
  • 12-Bar Blues Chord Progression & Blues Scale
  • Basic Forms of Music

System Requirements

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP – Intel Pentium 3 1GHz or faster
  • Macintosh OS.4 – Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz or Power PC (G4 1GHz or faster)
  • 400MB hard drive space, 512MB RAM
  • Speakers or headphones

Ages 8 to adult

List $59.99

CLEARANCE $54.99

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Teacher’s AK and CDs

Essentials of Music Theory Teacher's AK and CDs for Books 1-3.

Teacher’s AK & CDs for Books 1-3
Essentials of Music Theory
Andrew Surmani, Karen Farnum Surmani, Morton Manus,
Publisher: Alfred Music
ISBN-13: 9780882849508

List $39.99

CLEARANCE $36.99

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Essentials of Music Theory Teacher’s Answer Key and Ear Training CDs 1 and 2 Combined (for Books 1-3)

This one Teacher’s Answer Key for Books 1-3 with the Ear Training CDs 1 and 2.

  • These have answers and ear training for all three books.
  • The Teacher AK has the student pages printed in full size with answers in a different font.
  • The ear training CDs will need to be shared.

The Essentials of Music Theory, an all-in-one course, is ideal for homeschoolers from early beginners to advanced students. It has concise lessons with short exercises, ear-training activities and review pages. No prior musical experience is required. You will need both the Teacher’s Answer Key and the Essentials of Music Theory Student Books 1-3 (9780882848976)

  • Book 1 has lessons on the music basics such as the staff, notes, treble clef, staff, ledger lines, various time signatures, rests, dynamic signs, flats, sharps, naturals, etc.
  • Lessons in Book 2 include tetrachords, major scales, flat scales, sharp scales, key signatures, chromatic scale, intervals, circle of fifths, more time signatures, triads, etc.
  • In Essentials of Theory Book 3, topics include triads, minor scales, chord progressions, modes, harmonizing, broken chords, composing a melody, blues scale, motive, phrase, etc.

Age 10-adult

List $39.99

CLEARANCE $36.99

Add to Cart.

Student Books 1-3

Essentials of Music Theory Complete Student Books 1-3.

Complete Student Books 1-3
Essentials of Music Theory
ISBN-13: 9780882848976

CLEARANCE $14.99

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Essentials of Music Theory Complete Student Books 1-3

Andrew Surmani, Karen Farnum Surmani, Morton Manus,
Publisher: Alfred Music

Purchase one set of Essentials of Music Theory Student Books 1-3 for each student. One student book 1-3 comes with the bundle.

Age 10-adult

Price $14.99

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