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Music notation A South African guide by Christine Lucia

Music notation A South African guide


Music notation A South African guide by Christine Lucia

Music notation: a South African guide presents a new and uniquely South African approach to learning about staff notation - especially for musicians who are educated in the tonic solfa system. As they work through the book, learners build up an understanding of each aspect of notation by experiencing it as music. Tonic solfa is used in the earlier chapters to help learners relate the sounds to the concepts. In addition, the free CD offers 99 music clips played on a keyboard, illustrating some of the examples of notation given in the book. The book is aimed at mature school pupils and adult learners whose first language may not be English. However, it will be useful to students of music from any sector of society, whether they are enrolled in a formal course or want to find out more on their own. Each chapter is devoted to particular aspects of notation. Most of the chapters are built around a piece of music generally familiar to South Africans. Because South Africa has a strong vocal and choral culture, examples are often drawn from the choral repertory. The book and CD include many examples of South African music, as well as samplings of classical western music from all eras, and jazz. Examples and exercises are drawn from this rich representation, and by means of self tests learners steadily become confident in reading and writing music in staff notation. They will also build up a strong knowledge of how music works, by seeing the structures of a wide range of music from diverse cultures in South Africa.

About the Author

Christine Lucia retired from Wits University in 2007 and is now Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University. She is the author of The World of South African Music: A Reader (2005)

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Publication date

28th February 2012


Christine Lucia

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Unisa Press


239 pages


Theory of music & musicology



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