MATH IN MOTION: FIRST STEPS IN MUSIC THEORY (TEXT)

Fun music theory fundamentals that use math as a foundation

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Music is not only something to be heard, but also something to be read. When written down, music is a language with a mathematical structure and unique symbolism. Through music notation, composers are able to pass a song along to musicians that they may never meet. Math in Motion introduces students to the symbols and structures, to both the math and the names, that enable one to read the language of music. From the basics of pitch, rhythm, and meter to the final goal of chord analysis in an actual song, Math in Motion contains a wealth of principles for an introduction to music theory and notation that will extend far beyond the single semester in which it is studied. Structured according to the rhythms of the Challenge III seminar, each chapter contains instruction in music theory followed by four days of practicing what was learned in the chapter.

  • 11 x 8.5 softcover, spiral bound consumable textbook
  • 296 pages
  • Second edition, © 2017

What families are saying:

"We knew at the outset that the study of music theory would involve harmony. But when students made connections between music theory and the things they already knew, they found an unexpected type of harmony. It was a beautiful testimony to the integration that God has built into the universe." —Chelly Barnard, Challenge tutor and CC team member

Errata sheet for the second edition available here.

Additional supporting documents available here.

Frequently asked questions available here.

To view and download the first two chapters for free, click here.