Music Reference

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  1. Music and How it Works: The Complete Guide for Kids
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    DK Children / 2020 / Hardcover
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Take a visual journey through the world of music and the science behind it!

The book looks at music throughout history, beginning with the first known melody from the Fertile Crescent and covering modern music phenomena, from K Pop to hip-hop. Instruments and genres from across the world are featured, with "playlists" of key pieces encouraging kids to look up pieces to hear for themselves. STEAM spreads delve into the psychology and math behind music, from how it affects our mood to how it can improve our minds.

96 pages, hardcover.

  1. Hal Leonard Pocket Music Dictionary
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    Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation / Trade Paperback
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Here's the most contemporary music dictionary on the market! Conveniently divided into three main sections: The Dictionary of Music Terms defines over 2,000 music terms concisely, including notation and theory terms, instruments and terms used in pop music, electronic music and the music business; The Dictionary of Musicians provides more than 400 capsule biographies of composers and other musicians; and Reference Charts give instant, at-a-glance summaries of the essentials of music, encompassing instrumental and vocal ranges, notation signs and symbols, and scales, modes and key signatures. 240 pages.

  1. Piano Chord Dictionary Mini Music Guide
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    Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. / 2013 / Trade Paperback
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Alfred Music presents this Mini Music Guide Piano Chord Dictionary, an easy-to-follow reference guide for all pianists and keyboard players. Includes 600 unique chords and voicings for all 12 keys, with clear diagrams, music theory review, sections on voice leading and melody voicing, and more.

  1. Essential Dictionary of Music
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    Lindsey Harnsberger
    Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. / 1997 / Trade Paperback
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Bach to Zappa, Banjo to Xylophone, this handy dictionary features definitions and pronunciations of musical terms; composer biographies; sections on music theory, notation, and transposition; instrument listings; and more. 336 pages, softcover from Alfred.

  1. The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 6th Ed.
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    Tim Rutherford-Johnson
    Oxford University Press / 2013 / Trade Paperback
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Now available in paperback and with over 10,000 entries, the Oxford Dictionary of Music (previously the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music) offers broad coverage of a wide range of musical categories spanning many eras, including composers, librettists, singers, orchestras, important ballets and operas, and musical instruments and their history. Over 250 new entries have been added to this edition to expand coverage of popular music, ethnomusicology, modern and contemporary composers, music analysis, and recording technology. Existing entries have been expanded where necessary to include more coverage of the reception of major works, and to include key new works and categories, such as multimedia.

Entry-level web links are listed and regularly updated on a dedicated companion website, expanding the scope of the dictionary. The dictionary now also includes two useful appendices, one listing French, German, and Italian musical terms with their English translations, and an abbreviations list for letters commonly used in musical scores and musical writing.

The Oxford Dictionary of Music is the most up-to-date and accessible dictionary of musical terms available and an essential point of reference for music students, teachers, lecturers, professional musicians, and music enthusiasts..

  1. Essential Dictionary of Music Notation
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    Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. / 1996 / Other
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Essential dictionary for musicians and music students, an excellent reference resource in convenient size, is is the most practical and concise source for music notation.
Easy to use dictionary format, concise text with bold illustration, keywords and concepts are highlighted. Covers more than 75 topics; helpful whether you are using a pencil or a computer. 5.5" x 4".

  1. Essential Songwriter's Rhyming Dictionary
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    Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. / Trade Paperback
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Acclaimed by the New York Times as "part muse, part quick reference," this pocket-sized dictionary is an easy-to-use tool geared specifically toward the contemporary songwriter. A concise collection of the most-often used words in popular music, the simple format allows for fast reference, while the 15,000 entries provide more than ample rhyming options. 304 pages, softcover.