Author's Name - Daniel Bakos
Steps to Music Theory, Part One, emerged from an extensive period of teaching music theory at the University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia, Jay Herath at Linus Books and through, of all things, NASCAR. It represents my approach and philosophy of introducing and developing students in music theory and the world it opens. A solid grounding in theory is essential, not only through knowledge of the subject but also through the ability to notate the material effectively. Basically, if you cannot write it, you do not know it. The writing or notating concept is an essential element of the text. The student is presented with information and exercise assignments follow in which to practice writing skills. The true demonstration of music theory knowledge is the ability to write and notate it.
The text is written in book format with many examples. Each chapter covers a specific collection of related material. All terms, definitions, and other pertinent information the student should know are in italics. The italicized terms, words, definitions, and procedures are important and the student should know and understand them thoroughly through memorization. A concise summary of the information appears at the end of each chapter.
As stated above a series of exercises for the student to master is included with each chapter. The exercises in Pdf 'format come with the purchase of the text and are downloaded to your computer from Linus Books. An excellent approach is to copy the exercise page and perform the work on the copied version. An exercise can be used as many times as needed using this approach. In a classroom setting the instructor can use the exercises for credit in any appropriate manner or format. The instructor also can edit provided exercises to meet the needs of students and the course more effectively. These additional files have spaces to formulate the necessary exercises the instructor wants to use in addition to those provided or as substitutes in certain situations. Space is provided on the exercise pages to add, subtract, and edit as necessary.
Much of the material contained in the text is general knowledge of basic elements of music theory. I have given credit to authors and music theorists appropriately and where information is based upon personal interaction, their writing and/or research. I will always be indebted to the pedagogical expertise of such brilliant theorists and composers as Dr. T. Scott Huston, Dr. William Poland, Dr. Burdette Green, Dr. Jeno Takacs, and artists Karin Dayas and Olga Conus.
- Teacher: Daniel Bakos