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Exploring Theory with Practica Musica

This book is available for download with Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. Apple Books on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later.


This multi-touch music fundamentals textbook offers the student a complete learning experience, combining traditional text content with live music examples and ending each chapter with an interactive quiz. Beginning with the basics of notation, the book assumes no prior knowledge – yet it progresses to more advanced topics such as chord progressions and voice-leading. Exploring Theory can be used either alone or in conjunction with the computer program Practica Musica, which contains a set of interactive activities coordinated with the book. The latest version of the book coordinates with the new iPad app Musica Touch™ which contains ear training and theory activities along with music writing tools.

What's New in Version 1.6

Minor corrections and updates


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Customer Reviews

an essential introduction to music theory

i’m an only a few chapters into this book, and have come to it after having a read a few other fine texts, but this book is the clearest introduction to music theory that i have encountered. the multimedia features such as the image galleries, sounds and videos push it in a class of its own because many more examples of the concepts can be displayed in a very efficient matter.

it is also full of very interesting background on the historical development of music theory. for example the origins of the flat, sharp, and natural symbols are given and they are delightful.

i am extremely grateful to the author for producing this excellent work.

How to find the book

In response to the question from traveler123: this is an iBook, so you'll find it at the iBooks store. You can search for the full title, or "Exploring Theory" or "Music Theory." It also appears in the Music section if you choose the Textbooks category at the store. - Customer support, Ars Nova.

Exploring Theory with Practica Musica
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  • Free
  • Level: Grades 9-17
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Music
  • Published: Feb 07, 2013
  • Publisher: Ars Nova Software
  • Seller: Ars Nova Software, LLC
  • Print Length: 225 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.6
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, or an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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