Advance praise for Impromptu From the Foreword by Evan Ziporyn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: "The games and exercises provided by the Impromptu software are nothing more or less than exercises in self-knowledge....The program is built on musical 'simples, ' Bamberger's term for the children's songs, common rhythms, etc., which are our musical common denominators and the building blocks of musical thought. The program is methodically organized around explorations of the ways in which music is organized: melodic structure, rhythm, and meter. Each set of tasks is designed to be of interest to any musical thinker, from the concertmaster to the grade-schooler. The reason for this is the essential lesson of Bamberger's work: that the depth of our musical thought is not related to the scope of our musical knowledge. We are all musical thinkers, although we use a variety of mental tools to do the work. "You can verify this statement simply by attending to your own thought processes as you work through the book. As you do, questions will continually emerge: Why does this version of this song sound better than that one? Why does this one feel more regular? These questions lead to more questions, and suddenly you realize that tunes you have known one's whole life-tunes that never seemed even remotely interesting-are endlessly fascinating and explorable."Vom Verlag:
Written for use as an introductory music fundamentals text or as an elements-based appreciation text, Developing Musical Intuitions is designed to help students become active and engaged music makers---listeners, performers, and creators---by teaching them how to reflect and build upon their own powerful musical intuitions and their existing understanding of musical culture. The book is packaged with an audio CD of listening examples and the groundbreaking software application Impromptu, which enables students to carry out projects in which they discover and build their own understanding of the universe of music.
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