Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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

Learning how to write music from dictation follows these steps:
  1. Begin with just two or three notes at a time.
  2. Progress to short musical phrases.
  3. Continue with simple melodies.
  4. Advance to two-part work, and focus first on intervals (and nail down those intervals).
  5. Proceed to the dictation of three-part chords.

One benefit of teaching music dictation is that "the memory is being trained as well as the ear." (loc: 359)

"All the notes of the scale are contained in one or other" of the tonic, dominant, and subdominant chords. The points then to "the first principles of harmonizing melodies." (loc: 373)

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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