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Music Theory Books

Hand picked music theory books, music theory ebooks, music theory apps and more. Please select a music theory book category from below or view our general top picks below for music theory books.


Music Theory Books for Guitar

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Music Theory Books for Piano


Music Theory Books for Percussion

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Music Theory Books for Brass

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Music Theory Books for Flute

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Music Theory Books


Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory: A Complete Self-Study Course for All Musicians (1 Music Theory Book & 2 CDs)

This practical, easy-to-use self-study course is perfect for pianists, guitarists, instrumentalists, vocalists, songwriters, arrangers and composers, and includes ear training CDs to help develop your musical ear. In this all-in-one theory course, you will learn the essentials of music through 75 concise lessons, practice your music reading and writing skills in the exercises, improve your listening skills with the enclosed ear training CDs, and test your knowledge with a review that completes each of the 18 units. Answers are included in the back of the Music Theory book for all exercises, ear training and review.


Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory, Complete (Lessons * Ear Training * Music Theory Workbook)

Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory is designed for students of any age, whether listeners or performers, who want to have a better understanding of the language of music. In this all-in-one music theory course, you will learn the essentials of music through concise lessons, practice your music reading and writing skills in the exercises, improve your listening skills with the available ear-training CDs (sold separately), and test your knowledge with a review that completes each unit.


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory, 2nd Edition

A music theory book that hits the high note …
This updated and expanded edition of The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Music Theory breaks down a difficult subject in a simple way—even for those who think they have no rhythm or consider themselves tone deaf. With clear, concise language, it explains everything from bass-clef basics to confusing codas. This new edition includes:
-A brand-new CD
-A comprehensive ear-training section
-Musical examples of intervals, scales, chords, and rhythms
-Aural exercises so readers can test their ear training and transcription skills


Hal Leonard Pocket Music Theory Book: A Comprehensive and Convenient Source for All Musicians

Following in the footsteps of the popular Hal Leonard Pocket Music Dictionary , this handy pocket-sized Music Theory book is the most contemporary music theory book on the market! A step-by-step guide to harmony and theory for every musician, it includes thorough, yet to easy-to-understand analysis of: intervals, rhythms, scales, chords, key signatures, transposition, chord inversion, key centers, harmonizing the major and minor scales, extended chords, modulation and much more. Packed with info from the Harmony & Theory course at Musicians Institute!


Basic Music Theory, 4th ed.: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music

What do all those lines and squiggles and dots mean? Basic Music Theory takes you through the sometimes confusing world of written music with a clear, concise style that is at times funny and always friendly. The book is written by an experienced music teacher using methods refined over more than twenty years in schools and in his private teaching studio. Lessons are fun, well-paced, and enjoyable. Whether you’re a beginner of any age, whether you’re an experienced player who wants to bone up on your theory, or whether you teach music and need a fun way to do it, you’ll find this Music Theory book valuable and will refer to it again and again.


Music Theory For Dummies, with Audio CD

Grasp the concepts needed to compose, deconstruct, and comprehend music
Whether you're a student of music or a music lover, Music Theory For Dummies presents you with essential information on how to read, write, and understand music, as well as helpful hints on composing, arranging, and creating original melodies, harmonies, and chords.

Music Theory For Dummies gives you a friendly, unintimidating overview of the material covered in a typical college-level course and makes music theory easy to understand. It includes updated information on current teaching techniques; the newest music examples and genres; information on mastering major and minor scales, using intervals, and recognizing pitches and clefs; the lowdown on rhythms, tempo, dynamics, and navigation; how to transcribe the music you hear and transposing it to other keys; harmonizing and accompanying melodies; composing and arranging for voices and instruments; performing your own music; and much more.

Audio CD includes musical excerpts played on a variety of instruments
Makes learning music theory as enjoyable as it is useful
Tracks to a typical college-level music theory course
Don't get discouraged by the seemingly complicated written structure of musical theory. With Music Theory For Dummies, understanding music has never been easier!


Berklee Music Theory Book 1 (Book/Cd) 2nd Edition

(Berklee Methods). This essential method features rigorous, hands-on, "ears-on" practice exercises that help you explore the inner working of music, presenting notes, scales, and rhythms as they are heard in pop, jazz, and blues. You will learn and build upon the basic concepts of music theory with written exercises, listening examples, and ear training exercises. The included CD will help reinforce lessons as you begin to build a solid musical foundation. Now available with an answer key!


Practical Theory Complete: A Self-Instruction Music Theory Course

A combination text and Music Theory workbook in three volumes. All areas of music theory are covered in a concise and practical manner and each level contains 28 lessons.


The Music Theory Handbook

This concise music theory book offers comprehensive coverage of main topics in music theory. Instructors can elaborate on the material as appropriate to their course, while students can learn and review technical information without having to digest lengthy analyses and explanations. Unbiased and flexible, this music theory book can be used as a primary or reference text. Topics include species and tonal counterpoint, instrumental ranges and transpositions, and a glossary of forms. Each major section ends with suggestions for analysis and further reading.


Music Theory for Computer Musicians

Many DJs, gigging musicians, and electronic music producers understand how to play their instruments or make music on the computer, but they lack the basic knowledge of music theory needed to take their music-making to the next level and compose truly professional tracks. Beneath all the enormously different styles of modern electronic music lie certain fundamentals of the musical language that are exactly the same no matter what kind of music you write. It is very important to acquire an understanding of these fundamentals if you are to develop as a musician and music producer. Put simply, you need to know what you are doing with regard to the music that you are writing. Music Theory for Computer Musicians explains these music theory fundamentals in the most simple and accessible way possible. Concepts are taught using the MIDI keyboard environment and today's computer composing and recording software. By reading this music theory book and following the exercises contained within it, you, the aspiring music producer/computer musician, will find yourself making great progress toward understanding and using these fundamentals of the music language. The result will be a great improvement in your ability to write and produce your own original music!


Berklee Music Theory Book 2 (Book/Cd) 2nd Edition

(Berklee Methods). The second in a two-volume series based on over 40 years of music theory instruction at Berklee College of Music. This music theory book focuses on harmony, including triads, seventh chords, inversions, and voice leading for jazz, blues and popular music styles. You'll develop the tools needed to write melodies and create effective harmonic accompaniments from a lead sheet. This revised edition includes an answer key for all exercises and lessons to check your progress.


Harmony and Theory: A Comprehensive Source for All Musicians (Essential Concepts (Musicians Institute).

(Musicians Institute Press). This music theory book is a step-by-step guide to MI's well-known Harmony and Theory class. It includes complete lessons and analysis of: intervals, rhythms, scales, chords, key signatures; transposition, chord inversions, key centers; harmonizing the major and minor scales; and more!


Music Theory (HarperCollins College Outline Series)

Elementary Acoustics and the Properties of Sound, Music Notation, Intervals and Scales, Chords, Symbolization, Expression Marks and Foreign-Language Terms, Tonality and Key Feeling, Melody Writing, Four-Part Vocal Texture (SATB), Chord Connection, Chord Choice, Harmonizing a Melody, Nonharmonic Tones, Seventh and Ninth Chords, Altered Chords and Chromaticism, Solving Figured Bass, Analysis and Score Reading, Foreign-Language Names for Orchestral Instruments, Range and Transposition of Orchestral Instruments, Homophonic Forms.

Also includes Illustrations, Diagrams, Review Questions, Exercises, Bibliography, and Full Index.


Barron's AP Music Theory Books with MP3 CD, 2nd Edition

In-depth preparation for the AP Music Theory exam features:

Two full-length practice tests (both aural and non-aural sections included)
All questions answered and explained
Helpful strategies for test-taking success
In-depth review chapters covering music fundamentals, harmonic organization, harmonic progression, melodic composition and dictation, harmonic dictation, visual score analysis and much more

An included MP3 CD provides aural skill development prompts for both practice tests' aural sections, as well as material that complements exercises and examples in the subject review chapters.


Music Theory Workbook - For All Musicians

This Music Theory Book is a self-study course with illustrations and examples for you to write and check your answers. Topics include: major and minor scales; modes and other scales; harmony; intervals; chord structure; chord progressions and substitutions; and more. This music theory workbook contains essential backbone concepts for working musicians. These are the things you must know. It may take a year to work through and thoroughly understand and memorize all that is in this music theory book - and a lifetime to perfect it. But that's okay: You will own this valuable resource and have it for handy reference.


Music in Theory and Practice, Volume 1 with Audio CD

This best-selling music theory book text gives music majors and minors a solid foundation in the theory of music. It strengthens their musical intuition, builds technical skills, and helps them gain interpretive insights. The goal of the text is to instruct readers on the practical application of knowledge. The analytical techniques presented are carefully designed to be clear, uncomplicated, and readily applicable to any repertoire.

The two-volume format ensures exhaustive coverage and maximum support for students and faculty alike. Volume I serves as a general introduction to music theory while volume II offers a survey of the theoretical underpinnings of musical styles and forms from Gregorian Chant through the present day. The supplemental instructor's materials provide clear-cut solutions to assignment materials. Music in Theory and Practice is a well-rounded music theory book that integrates the various components of musical structure and makes them accessible to students at the undergraduate level.


Edly's Music Theory For Practical People - Third Edition

Unique, conversational and sometimes humorous, this is a music theory book people will actually want to read! Presented in a full-color format with illustrations, charts, diagrams and workbook exercises, Edly's Music Theory for Practical People applies to all instrumentalists and singers, from teens to adults. Topics include: notation, natural & chromatic alphabets, scales, keys & key signatures, intervals, chords, ear-training, and much more. This third edition also features new advanced topics, such as: voicings, chord extensions & alterations, voice leading, reharmonization, melodic harmonization, and harmonic analysis. This music theory book transforms the topic that music students love to hate into something they can't help but enjoy!


Composition for Computer Musicians

You might be extremely knowledgeable about the software that you use, have a good understanding of your own genre, and even have a good basic understanding of music theory. However, this does not necessarily mean that you can write effective music tracks. You need another kind of knowledge as well - the knowledge of composition. This friendly music theory book explains the basics of composing songs and music on the computer using any music using any music creation and recording program, whether you choose Reason, Live, Cubase, Logic, Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Finale, Sibelius, FL Studio, SONAR, or anything else. It's not as hard as it sounds, and this book eases the learning curve so you'll be making music in no time. You'll quickly learn how to program rhythm and drums, create basslines and melodic leads, and use FX and samples. You'll also learn about mixing and mastering your track and distributing it to a mass audience. Composition for Computer Musicians explains it all while showing you the basics of music theory throughout so you'll be sure you're not just making noise on the computer - you're using your computer to make professional-sounding music.


Tonal Harmony: With an Introduction to Twentieth Century Music

For nearly two decades Tonal Harmony has been the leading music theory text for the two-year theory curriculum for music majors. Used at nearly 800 schools, Tonal Harmony has been consistently praised for its practicality and ease of use for student and instructor alike. The straightforward approach is supported by well-chosen examples and thoughtful exercises, and the total presentation is compatible with differing teaching styles and theoretical points of view. In addition, a set outstanding ancillaries, which include a collection of audio examples on CD (for both the text and music theory workbook) and an extensive Instructor's Manual, round out the comprehensive teaching package.


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Composition

Write the songs that make the whole world sing.
A step-by-step guide to writing music, this music theory book shows musicians how to compose simple chord progressions and melodies, and leads them through more advanced compositional techniques and musical forms. Designed for composers of all types of music, it includes instruction on composing stand-alone melodies, using different scales and modes, themes and variations, orchestration, and composing for film, theater, and videogames.
-Perfect complement to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music Theory and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Songwriting
-Includes a comprehensive glossary of musical terms, as well as an appendix of various computer-based composition tools
-Easy-to-use oversize trim


The Everything Reading Music Theory Book: A Step-By-Step Introduction To Understanding Music Notation And Theory

Read and play music in no time!
Have fun learning to read music with this easy-to-follow music theory guide. The Everything Reading Music Theory Book has all it takes for you to quickly master and appreciate the fundamentals of music notation and theory so you can read and understand music like a pro. Filled with hundreds of examples and a bonus CD bringing the essential lessons to life, this is the all-in-one music theory handbook you need to learn fast!

Get the skills you need to read music like an expert with:

Detailed descriptions of how to understand rhythm, rests, meter and time
The key to reading expression markings, dynamics and other essential symbols
How to form scales, chords, intervals, key signatures and other vital theory topics
Chord progressions in all keys from basic to advanced progressions
Demystification of instrument transpositions
Instrument ranges, common foreign language terms and much more
Applications to all instruments and every style of music
Sheets of music can be intimidating - music is another language! But The Everything Reading Music Theory Book has all you need to speak fluently.


Music Theory: A Practical Guide for All Musicians

Get the rock-solid fundamentals of rhythm, pitch and harmony with this easy-to-use music theory book/CD pack. Learn the universal language used by all musicians, regardless of instrument. Includes concise, detailed explanations, illustrations and written exercises with a full CD of examples and practice drills. This book will teach you how to: construct scales, chords and intervals * identify major and minor key centers and common chord progressions * accurately play various rhythm feels and figures * learn the basic principles of form and compositional analysis in this music theory book.


Essentials of Music Theory: Ear Training CDs 1 & 2 Combined (for books 1-3)

Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory is designed for students of any age, whether listeners or performers, who want to have a better understanding of the language of music. In this all-in-one music theory course, you will learn the essentials of music through concise lessons, practice your music reading and writing skills in the exercises, improve your listening skills with the available ear-training CDs (sold separately), and test your knowledge with a review that completes each unit.

The Ear-Training CDs include recordings of acoustic instruments to be used with the Student Books in the series. These Ear-Training CDs correlate with Volume 1-3 (Complete) of the Student Books.

The complete line of Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory includes Student Music Theory Books, a Teacher's Answer Key, Ear-Training CDs, Double Bingo games, Flash Cards, Reproducible Teacher's Activity Kits, and interactive software for students and teachers in private study, studio and network environments.


The Jazz Music Theory Book

Endorsed by Jamey Aebersold, James Moody, Dave Liebman, and others, The Jazz Music Theory Book presents all the information any student of jazz needs in an easy-to-understand, yet thorough, manner. For intermediate to advanced players, and written by one of the acknowledged masters of jazz, it is used by universities around the world.


The Elements of Music: Melody, Rhythm, and Harmony

An elegant primer on the principles and theories of music.

This innovative music theory book presents the elements of music by building upon the long-known fundamentals of acoustics, proportion and relationship--a kind of musical metaphor. In combination with novel graphics and symbols, the principles behind melody, rhythm, and harmony come alive, along with those of Western musical notation. From intervals, triads, and the circle of fifths to major/minor keys and modulation, Dr. Martineau presents a splendid primer on music theory for the novice and professional alike.


A Geometry of Music: Harmony and Counterpoint in the Extended Common Practice (Oxford Studies in Music Theory)

How is the Beatles' "Help!" similar to Stravinsky's "Dance of the Adolescents?" How does Radiohead's "Just" relate to the improvisations of Bill Evans? And how do Chopin's works exploit the non-Euclidean geometry of musical chords?

In this groundbreaking work, author Dmitri Tymoczko describes a new framework for thinking about music that emphasizes the commonalities among styles from medieval polyphony to contemporary rock. Tymoczko identifies five basic musical features that jointly contribute to the sense of tonality, and shows how these features recur throughout the history of Western music. In the process he sheds new light on an age-old question: what makes music sound good?

A Geometry of Music provides an accessible introduction to Tymoczko's revolutionary geometrical approach to music theory. The music theory book shows how to construct simple diagrams representing relationships among familiar chords and scales, giving readers the tools to translate between the musical and visual realms and revealing surprising degrees of structure in otherwise hard-to-understand pieces.

Tymoczko uses this theoretical foundation to retell the history of Western music from the eleventh century to the present day. Arguing that traditional histories focus too narrowly on the "common practice" period from 1680-1850, he proposes instead that Western music comprises an extended common practice stretching from the late middle ages to the present. He discusses a host of familiar pieces by a wide range of composers, from Bach to the Beatles, Mozart to Miles Davis, and many in between.

A Geometry of Music is accessible to a range of readers, from undergraduate music majors to scientists and mathematicians with an interest in music. Defining its terms along the way, it presupposes no special mathematical background and only a basic familiarity with Western music theory. The music theory book also contains exercises designed to reinforce and extend readers' understanding, along with a series of appendices that explore the technical details of this exciting new theory.


Music Composition For Dummies

Want to turn that haunting tune in your head into an awesome sound in your ear? You can! Music Composition For Dummies demystifies the process of composing music and writing songs. It guides you through every step of writing your own music, from choosing the right rhythm and tempo to creating melodies and chord progressions and working with instruments and voices.
In this fun and practical music theory book, you’ll learn how to match keys and chords to the mood you want to convey, work a form without limiting your creativity, and hammer out a musical idea, even when your mind is drawing a blank. You’ll find out how to create popular songs, classically structured pieces, and even film, TV, and video game soundtracks. And, you’ll learn what you need to know about music composition software, including Finale, Sebelius, Pro Tools, and more. Discover how to:

Preserve and organize your musical ideas
Work with established chord progressions or create your own
Develop great rhythms
Select the right instruments
Find melodies in your head, your instrument, and the world around you
Use major and minor scales
Work with modes and moods
Build melodic motifs and phrases
Use the circle of fifths to harmonize
Write for multiple voices
Make a demo recording
Filled with creative exercises to build your composing skills, Music Composition for Dummies is the resource you need to get that melody out of your head and into the world.


Basic Materials in Music Theory: A Programmed Approach (12th Edition)

This classic, self-paced, auto-instructional introduction to music fundamentals allows students to work independently through a programmed format, allowing instructors to concentrate on the more creative aspects of their course. Basic Materials of music: time and sound; notation of pitch; time classification, note and rest values; time signatures; intervals; basic scales; major scales; minor scales; key signatures; triads. For music theory students.


Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory: Version 3.0: Lessons, Ear Training, Assessment: Complete

The award-winning theory software, Alfred's Essential's of Music Theory, is now available in a new and updated Version 3! This software features a fresh new interface and more activities to teach students everything they need to know about music theory. The Student Version includes narration and animation of music theory concepts through lessons, exercises, games, tests and ear training with recordings of a variety of acoustic instruments to motivate students while strengthening musical skills. The program includes randomized exercises, ear training and graded reviews for each unit. A complete glossary of musical terms and symbols with written definitions, pronunciations and visual/aural examples is also included. The Student Version is intended for use by one user at a time, and is ideal for private study or when tracking progress for other users is not necessary. Appropriate for ages 8 to Adult. PC/Mac compatible.


Hearing and Writing Music: Professional Training for Today's Musician (2nd Edition)

A self-training manual as well as a classroom text, this music theory book is a complete step-by-step course to develop the musician's ability to hear and notate any style of music. Personal training, thoery and exercises produce techniques which are combined in an integrated craft which may be applied to composition, orchestration, arranging, improvisation and performance.


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Music Theory Apps

Simple Songwriter shows chord names and cord numbers. Works well with the diatonic harmony chart
Pocket Harmony Circle of Fifths
Cordion lets you play chords with just one finger

Poly Chord is a award winning chord player


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This Software is fantastic to create music


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iZotope Studio is great for mastering.


Live lets you track fast and maintain the flow of a session.


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