Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Music as a Language - Reading Together - The Teaching of Transposition

When teaching students how to transpose pieces, make sure you explain step-by-step how to do it.

Home gives us three benefits for knowing how to transpose:
  1. For the purpose of song accompaniment.
  2. As an aid to committing music to memory.
  3. As an infalliable test of a sound 'general' musical education. (loc 508)

Home recommends that students begin with simple transpositions, say transposing an easy melody from C major to G major.

"Altogether it will be seen that the study of transposition is opening a new window for them into the fairyland of music." (loc 528)

note: I'm reading this book from through my Kindle app, so quotations are shown by the location in the Kindle document.

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