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Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

DVD - 2007
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For anyone wanting to master music's language, being able to read musical notation is a necessity. But this course, as Professor Greenberg notes, is a basic course, designed to introduce you to music's language in a way that is similar to the way you learned your own native language, by "discovering and exploring musical syntax through our ears-- by learning what the parts of musical speech sound like--rather than what they look like on paper." By sidestepping the necessity to read music, these lectures represent an extremely rare opportunity in musical education--an opportunity to experience a solid introduction to music theory's basics in a way that is not technically intimidating, yet provides a substantial grounding in the fundamentals--Publisher.
Publisher: Chantilly, VA : Teaching Co., [2007]
Edition: Full screen edition
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781598032864
Branch Call Number: DVDN 780.7 G79884G 2007
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (approximately 720 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Greenberg, Robert 1954-
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Apr 13, 2017

Dr. Greenberg is great at explaining music. He's in a class with the Leonard Bernstein episodes, memorably on Omnibus in the 1950s, though here with much more useful background. If you are seriously into music, this is a must.

ukulele1 Feb 13, 2015

Mr Greenburg does an excellent job of revealing the fundamentals of music without any visuals. He keeps it simple and has a wicked sense of humor.

irenesk18 Mar 12, 2012

It looks like the NYPL only has Part 1 and that Part 2 is not available--that's really too bad! Part 1 is great, but I'd like to be able to see Part 2 also.


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