The Fundamentals of Music: First Year of a Study Course in Music Understanding, Adopted by the National Federation of Music Clubs

The Fundamentals of Music: First Year of a Study Course in Music Understanding, Adopted by the National Federation of Music Clubs

The Fundamentals of Music: First Year of a Study Course in Music Understanding, Adopted by the National Federation of Music Clubs

The Fundamentals of Music: First Year of a Study Course in Music Understanding, Adopted by the National Federation of Music Clubs

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Never before was the interest in serious music study more manifest than now. The women of our music clubs through their National Federation are earnestly seeking to become intelligent appreciators of the best in music and are replacing desultory work with a program of serious study of the essentials of music culture. Music lovers everywhere are demonstrating that they are no longer content with a superficial knowledge of music, and the forward movement in music in our schools is of great significance and promises much for the musical future of America.

No sequential course of study covering several years of systematic work has heretofore been available and this need is now for the first time being met in the Course of Study in Music Understanding of which this book is the initial volume.

The author's problem has been to present in as non-technical a manner as possible those essential aspects of music that may well be called fundamental. The topics discussed lay the foundation for a truer understanding of music and prepare the reader for the study of the books that follow in this carefully planned Course of Study.

The fundamentals of music are not at all abstruse and if this manual helps to clarify popular understanding of them and at the same time increases the number of discriminating listeners to music's message of beauty, its purpose will have been fulfilled.

The Author wishes to acknowledge his very large debt to the man who planned every detail of the Course of Study in Music Understanding--William Arms Fisher. His exceptionally constructive and helpful criticism is responsible for many improvements both in the general plan and in the various details of the text; and the large number of appropriate and beautiful illustrations that his wide experience enabled him to suggest have greatly enriched the volume.

Oberlin, Dec. 12, 1923 . . .

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