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Harmony in Practice Sheet music – 2 Sep 1999

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  • Sheet music: 288 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (2 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854728334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854728333
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 2 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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This is something that has been sorely needed! ... an excellent choice for A level and diploma students ... thorough (EPTA Piano Journal)

well laid out both in terms of its design and content ... as a very solid and thorough course in classical harmony this book really delivers (Music Teacher)

An aspect that places this book on a higher level than the traditional harmony textbook is the numerous exercises which are based on models from music literature and which cover a wide variety of textures. (South African Music Teacher)


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By A Customer on 15 Nov. 2003
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I am currently an A level student and I found this book highly useful, not only for my AS level music but also my ABRSM Grade 6 theory. It takes you from the very beginning with easy things such as naming chords through to harder topics such as Bach chorales and modulation. A great book to have to aid your studies.
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I use this book to teach theory to my higher level pupils, and it is really well written. It is the perfect companion for enriching and building upon the subject content from grade 6 to grade 8. Although there are many pages to cover and as a result the 'rules' can become diluted, it is an easily overcome issue, as you can just write out the main rules onto a separate document for future reference.

Overall, a fantastic book that I would recommend to any student or teacher alike. And what a bargain!
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This is an excellent tool for both studying and teaching HARMONY. Step by step it introduces the student to the chords, voice leading etc, all the things that would not get much attention in music theory exams up to Grade 5. It is also a great help for the music diploma candidates, who want to have a solid knowledge and experience in music harmony. Filled with examples and exercises, alongside with the answers book (to be purchased separately)this book makes teaching harmony an easy task.
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This is good book for learning about Harmony.

I found this book far easier to follow than some of the other more complicated and expensive Harmony
books out there.
It is in a workbook format, so you get lots of exercises, but be warned though, there
are no answers in this book. You have to purchase a separate book for this.

Some other reviewers have moaned about the lack of audio material for the examples.
While this is true, this obviously helps to keep the cost of the book down and the examples are
relatively short so they can easily be typed into notation software, which any modern
composer/musician should be using anyway. So not a problem.

Overall, an effective and easy way to learn about Harmony.
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This release from the big name associated with harmony studies, Anna Butterworth, comes attractively presented by the ABRSM. The book takes you from the beginning, teaching about the foundations of triads to the more complicated harmonic structures towards the end of the book.
The book is well written, researched and presented and is an absolute must for any music student at A Level and above. It is definitely a useful resource for degree level students.
I will certainly be adding this to my students' reccommended reading list.
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I teach music in Greece and our educational system is a little bit different from british.
I find it interesting to learn or teach harmony through examples and well known songs. I like the way book is written. But of course that's my opinion.
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I used the ABRSM Music theory in practice books (Eric Ball) to get to Grade 5, passing it easily. However, from grade 6 forwards they are much less useful, and I'd reccommend Anna Butterworth's book instead as your main tutor, although I agree with the first reviewer that the answer book is also worth having. Butterworth has published graded work books too - "Theory Workbook 6" (or whichever grade) which are excellent as testers for the knowledge learnt in Harmony in Practice, and have worked examples. There is a massive leap between grades 5 and 6 in music theory, and I feel Harmony in Practice is a better use of your time and money than the Music theory in Practice books that are good at lower grades.
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I am of the opinion as a
professional and well known piano pedagogue that whilst this text "sheds light" on the neglected subject of Tonal Harmony, this text cannot be compared / rivalled with the texts and amazing ancillary resources the USA has brought forth. In Butterworth's
book, there are no correlating sonic resources provided with the textual information which I feel is SO BAD! The examples quoted for learning are not sufficiently current knowing that there are so many different styles to choose from that will show clear evidence of the specific chord for study at the time, hence the reason why this text is in dire need for a revamp or laying to one side for the usage of more detailed and more current texts available NOW!

I advise all professing teachers to take note from Ralph Turek's wise quotation "If a student is not reachable, then they are not teachable!" His text cites totally up to date musical examples from the Flintstones, Leo Sayer etc as well as Brahms, Beethoven etc.... How can we expect to breed sound musicians when the majority of musicians CANNOT hear internally what is on a score?
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