Music theory workbooks in eleven levels for violin, viola, cello, and bass

 

Description of Levels

This description of some of the new material introduced in each volume can assist you in selecting the appropriate level.  Every book also includes material from previous levels. 

Three practice tests conclude each volume, helping to reinforce knowledge gained at that level.  Questions?  E-mail: info@coremusictheory.com

 

Preparatory Level:  Parts of the instrument; the staff; note and rest values including quarter, half, and whole; time signature 4/4; pitches and finger numbers, focusing on the upper strings; half and whole steps; accidentals; steps and skips; scales; key signatures; basic signs and terms; ear training including melodic direction, basic rhythms, dynamics, and articulations.

Level 1:  Repeats; eighth notes and rests; pitches and finger numbers, focusing on the lower strings; half and whole steps in more depth; time signatures 2/4 and 3/4; key signatures up to 2 sharps; signs and terms including basic tempo markings, dynamics, slurs, and ties; ear training including steps and skips, crescendo and decrescendo.

Level 2:  1st and 2nd endings; sixteenth notes and rests; intervals (2nds and 3rds); triads and arpeggios; signs and terms including articulations (staccato, accent, fortepiano), tempo (fermata, ritard, a tempo, Allegro, Andante), and dynamics; ear training including scales and triads.

Level 3:  D.C. al Fine, D.S. al Fine; dotted quarter and dotted half notes and rests; expanded pitch range; notes and finger numbers in 3rd position (violin/viola) or 2nd and 4th position (cello); time signature 2/2; intervals (2nds to octaves); major and minor triads; key signatures up to 2 sharps and 2 flats; order of sharps and flats; signs and terms including bowstrokes and articulations (détaché, tenuto, sforzando), tempo (rallentando, accelerando, più mosso), ornaments (trill); ear training including intervals (2nd, 3rd, 5th, and octave)

Level 4:  Measure repeat; note repeat; dotted eighth notes and rests; notes and finger numbers focus on notes above 1st position; pickup/upbeat; time signature 6/8; perfect and major intervals up to an octave; key signatures, scales, and triads up to 3 sharps and 3 flats; circle of 5ths; relative minor keys; minor scale forms; signs and terms including bowstrokes (spiccato, marcato), tempo (Moderato, Adagio), ornaments (turn), music history, other terms; ear training including intervals (4ths), major and minor scales and triads, and comparing two pitches.

Level 5:  D.C. al Coda, D.S. al Coda; triplets; dotted whole notes and rests; violin upper register, viola treble clef, cello tenor clef; enharmonics; minor intervals; key signatures in all major keys, and minor keys up to 5 sharps or flats; inverted triads; chord function; primary triads; scale degrees: tonic, subdominant, and dominant; time signature 3/8; signs and terms including bowstrokes (portato, louré), tempo (Presto, Vivace, Allegretto), ornaments (mordent, grace note, appoggiatura), other terms; ear training including intervals (6ths and 7ths) and meter.

Level 6:  Expanded pitch range; cello treble clef; diminished and augmented triads; root position triads in minor keys (tonic and subdominant); root position cadences in major keys (authentic and plagal); time signature 9/8; ornaments with accidentals; signs and terms including bowstrokes (collé, martelé, sautillé), tempo (Largo, Lento, Andantino), and other terms (such as harmonic, loco, octava, simile, and more); two composers from each era of music history; double sharp and double flat.

Level 7:  Thirty-second notes and dotted sixteenth notes; key signatures in all major and minor keys; augmented intervals; inversions of major and minor triads using figured bass; root position secondary triads in all major keys; root position primary triads in all minor keys; root position cadences in major keys (half); time signature 3/2; signs and terms including bowstrokes (flautando, sul tasto, sul ponticello) and other terms; three composers from each era of music history; sections of a symphony orchestra.

Level 8:  Thirty-second note triplets; chromatic scales; diminished intervals; inversions of diminished and augmented triads using figured bass; root position primary and secondary triads in all major and minor keys; root position dominant seventh chord; scale degrees in minor keys; root position cadences in major keys (deceptive); characteristics of the Baroque and Classical eras of music history; irregular meter (5/8, 5/4, and 7/8); expanded signs and terms for bowstrokes, tempo, and ornamentation (with nachschlag); ear training including all minor intervals.

Level 9:  Sixty-fourth note; double-dotted notes and rests; inversions of primary and secondary triads in all major and minor keys using figured bass; inversions of dominant seventh chords using figured bass; other seventh chords in root position (major, minor, half-diminished, and diminished); complete a basic major chord progression such as I-IV-V7-I; bass clef for violin and viola; characteristics of the Romantic and 20th/21st Century eras of music history; characteristics of Baroque suite movements; signs and term including bowstrokes (jeté, sautillé arpeggio) and other terms (hemiola, modulation, syncopation, artificial harmonic, sotto voce, and more).

Level 10:  Whole tone scales; intervals larger than an octave; inversions of all seventh chords using figured bass; secondary dominant chords; complete a basic minor chord progression such as i-iv-V7-i; cadences in major and minor keys in inversions; score reading; characteristics of the Impressionism movement; expanded signs and terms including bowings, form, and other terms; ear training including all augmented and diminished intervals, and distinguishing between music of different eras.

Answer Key:  Answers to every question in the books (from Preparatory Level through Level 10) are in a single volume for each instrument.  This enables teachers to quickly correct assignments during a lesson, or for a parent or student to correct the work.