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Fundamentals, Function, and Form Student Workbook

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Publication Date: October 10, 2023

ISBN: 978-1-942341-89-5

Affiliation: SUNY Potsdam

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About the book

Students of tonal Western art music will find in this workbook a full set of exercises and activities to deepen and reinforce their understanding of music theory and analysis. The book begins with such rudimentary topics as rhythm, meter, and pitch and progresses through polyphony, chromatic harmony, and musical form. In addition to exercises tailored to each topic, the book features recurrent activities focused on four-voice part-writing (figured-bass/Roman numeral realization and melody harmonization) as well as score analysis, which become progressively more advanced as new concepts and skills are covered.

Included for analysis are over 500 excerpts drawn from the literature, almost all of which were composed by women and other underrepresented groups. The online version of the text includes embedded audio files for immediate aural reinforcement. Score excerpts and audio files are also available to download for use in class handouts and slideshows.

This workbook was designed to supplement Fundamentals, Function, and Form. Each chapter in the textbook has been given a corresponding chapter here so that students can move fluidly between the two. The exercises were also designed to be used independently from the textbook, by instructors who may prefer to use other texts and materials. Clear directions and examples are provided throughout, making the book equally suitable for self-guided learners.

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Ivette Herryman Rodriguez

A native from Cuba, Ivette Herryman Rodríguez holds a B.M in Music Composition from the Instituto Superior de Artes, in Havana, a M.M in Music Composition from Baylor University, and a M.M in Music Theory and D.M.A in Music Composition from Michigan State University.
Ivette’s music has been described as “absolutely exquisite” and “breathtakingly beautiful” (Kevin Noe-Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the UMKC Conservatory of Music). She is the composer of a bestseller piece for women’s choir, and the winner, among other awards, of a Cubadisco Special Award (2010), a Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition (2015), and a Chamber Music America Grant (2021).
Ivette’s most recent commissions include new works for Florida All-State Orchestra, Haven Trio, ConTempus Quartet, the Lantana Brass Trio from the University of North Texas, and Michigan State University’s Symphony Band.
Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where she teaches Theory, Aural Skills, and composition lessons.

Andre Mount

Andre Mount holds a PhD in music theory from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is currently an Associate Professor of Music Theory at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. He has presented in North America at annual meetings of the American Musicological Society, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (US Chapter), and the Society for American Music, as well as in Europe at the Keep It Simple, Make It Fast conference. His articles have been published in Music and the Moving Image, the Journal of Musicology, and the Journal of the Society for American Music. He has also contributed to projects intended for general readership including The Encyclopedia of American Music and Culture and maintains an OER site for musicianship training atThe Trained Ear.

Jerod Sommerfeldt

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Jerod Sommerfeldt is a composer and educator whose music focuses on glitch techniques, analog synthesizers, and digital audio artifacts. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Electronic Music Composition and Theory at the State University of New York at Potsdam Crane School of Music, and as director of the SUNY-Potsdam Electronic Music Studios (PoEMS).