Finding Your Way Home

Methods for Finding Tonic

Authored by: Timothy Chenette

The Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy

Print publication date:  February  2020
Online publication date:  February  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138585010
eBook ISBN: 9780429505584
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This lesson plan explores methods for developing the seldom-discussed skill of determining the tonic of a passage of music. I define and comment on five approaches extrapolated from existing aural skills textbooks, demonstrate exercises designed for the first weeks of an early aural skills course, give suggestions for methods of assessment, and finally describe ways of working individually with students who have severe difficulty with this skill.

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