The Language of Music Revealed (REVISED)

A Real Easy Way for ANYONE to Learn to Read and Write Music

by Barry Araújo Kolman There are millions of self-taught musicians in this world. Some can’t read a stitch of music and can only play by ear. If this describes you and you want to learn how to read and write music in a step-by-step, easy to follow fashion, you have come to the right place. Knowing the fundamentals of music will make playing even more fun. This book is also designed for all those non-musical types who are taking a college music fundamentals course and don’t have a clue about what is going on. This book will come to your rescue. Music professors teaching such a course will find this text perfect for their students. Just reading about music fundamentals won’t do much for you. You’ve got to jump in and begin to write music. At the end of each chapter, there are exercises for you to do to see if you’re catching on. Informational (occasionally entertaining) icons in the left margin guide you along as you learn to read and write music.

Barry Kolman describes his useful, well-written book as: “a real easy way for anyone to learn to read and write music.”….this book is a good text that makes the subject anything but dry. Kolman’s inventive writing keeps the material interesting. I find this book to be useful for adult beginners and suggest that music teachers keep it on hand. Even advanced students sometimes need a few pointers and exercises on music theory.

Maria Nockin

(Mar/Apr 2014) of Fanfare Magazine

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The Origins and Early History of American Wind Band Music

by Barry Araújo Kolman My book traces the origins of American Wind Music. During the half century following the end of the American Revolution, a period of time referred to by some as the Federal Era ,  many instrumental instruction books, called tutors, were published by American printers.  Samuel Holyoke, Oliver Shaw, Joseph Herrick, and Ezekiel Goodale are typical authors of these publications. Included in these early American primers were the first wind ensemble pieces written by composers living in the new Nation. These tutors record the change in the instrumentation of bands in this period from the Harmoniemusik ensemble typical of Mozart’s time (usually two each of oboes, clarinets, bassoons, and horns) to an ensemble with more brass, like that called for in the “Kennebec March” found in Goodale’s tutor. Most of these instrumental collections contain new pieces, such as Herrick’s “Jolley’s March”, Shaw’s “Governor Arnold’s March and Air”, and “Kennebec March”.  These simple marches and dances mark the true beginning of indigenous instrumental ensemble music in America. Hard Cover Edition WP_000141


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EL LENGUAJE DE LA MÚSICA, AL DESCUBIERTO: Un Método Tan Fácil Que Cualquier Persona Es Capaz  De Aprender A Leer Y Escribir Música.

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