Simply put, this book is amazing. It is amazing for those musicians who have a background in music, but for some reason, were never able to put everything together. I think my situation is similar to most:
I started music at age 6 on the violin. I had gotten good enough at it that by age 12 I decided to learn both the violin and the french horn simultaneously. By high school, I was good enough that I was receiving awards from various prestigious organizations like Lincoln Center, Juilliard Pre-College and the Inter School Orchestra (ISO). However, in college I realized that I had a passion for improvising and that I would like to try my hand at composing. I took what I had learned from all those years, at all the highly ranked schools, and you know what I found? That I couldn't even write a proper chord progression, let alone a cogent piece of music. There were just too many gaps in my education due to both poor instruction and lack of interest on my part. After all, most instrumentalists either don't care about the theory, or the sequence of courses they take aren't properly structured.
I decided that if I was going to make a go at this I should pay attention to those who came before me. It would be necessary to understand and compose in the classical idiom to understand where modern music was coming from.
I ended up taking a class at another big name institution. Towards the end of the semester the teacher was absent for some reason and we had a sub. It was Deborah Jamini. Where the teacher had failed to put the coursework together in an entire semester, she was able to sum up in the course of 45 minutes! So, I looked her up online and came across this book, which is pure gold.
Through the step-by-step, logically sequenced, cumulative instruction, I was able to learn the basic classical idiom in 6 months. And not only could I write a 4-part harmony, and a melody over a bass line, but I was even able to to take steps into impressionism, modal music and even jazz! Thanks to this book, I have an appreciation for the classical music of America. Something I never liked because I didn't really understand it. And it didn't stop there. Whenever I hear a piece of music on tv, I immediately recognize the devices, thanks to this book. It is amazing how much one learns in such little time.
I would laud her more, but I think you get the picture. If this is the first review you are reading, you should check out the first on the list. It details more of the nitty gritty and you should be able to check out some of the pages on the "Click to read more" as well. Although this book looks expensive, it clearly puts forth years of material that you would otherwise require several poorly written books to get the same education. Get this book now!!!