Nelson Higher Education

Higher Education

Foundations of Music, 7th Edition

  • includes CD-ROM
  • Robert Nelson
  • Carl J. Christensen
  • ISBN-10: 0495565938
  • ISBN-13: 9780495565932
  • 320 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2003, 2000
  • COPYRIGHT: 2009 Published
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About the Product

This versatile text provides a detailed introduction to fundamental musical concepts while remaining clear, concise, and accessible, even for non-majors. FOUNDATIONS OF MUSIC, Seventh Edition, combines a well-written, engaging text with an outstanding interactive CD-ROM that includes 168 different drills, exercises, demonstrations, and explorations. The same disc contains audio tracks of many of the examples from the text, ranging from a symphony orchestra to a jazz combo. This innovative package provides exceptional flexibility for classroom use while fully supporting self-paced learning, making musical training enjoyable and effective for students of all backgrounds.


  • Extensive drills cover all of the basic rudiments of music in great depth, allowing for progressive skill building and making it easy to focus practice and reinforcement. Topics include note and rest shapes; pitch naming; the piano keyboard; and key signature, scale, interval, and chord identification.

  • Notation exercises offer ample opportunities for students to hone their abilities by working with scales, intervals, and chords.

  • Rhythmic practice exercises provide a unique opportunity to combine analysis and performance skills through interactive activities that invite students to use the computer keyboard to tap a rhythm displayed on the screen and then evaluate their performance.

About the Author

Robert Nelson

Robert Nelson teaches music theory and composition at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. A composer in residence and music director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival for 17 seasons, he also has received numerous commissions for compositions and arrangements for the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

Carl J. Christensen

Carl J. Christensen holds B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. He teaches instrumental music and music theory at Hartnell College in Salinas, California. Prior to accepting the position at Hartnell, he was principal trombonist of the Mexico City Philharmonic. He is conductor of the Monterey Bay Symphony and Monterey Opera and is a frequent guest conductor of orchestras in Guatemala and Argentina.

Table of Contents

1. Sound.
2. The Notational System.
3. Simple Meter.
4. Scales.
5. Compound Meter.
6. The Minor Mode.
7. Other Scales.
8. More on Rhythm and Meter.
9. Intervals.
10. Chords and Harmony.
11. Simple Forms.
12. Looking at Music.
13. Topics for Enrichment and Further Study.

New to this edition

  • The updated CD-ROM provides invaluable demonstrations of timbre, dynamics, and articulations--melodies in the text are displayed on the computer screen to be played using a variety of timbres, with and without dynamics and articulations. A portion of Beethoven's Egmont Overture can also be heard while the orchestral score is displayed.
  • Counting practice exercises display and play melodies from the text with an optional "click track" to mark the location of each beat. Students can also adjust the tempo of the playback to suit their individual needs.
  • Several modules demonstrate how meter is established by allowing the student to hear the metronome, bass, chords, or melody separately or in various combinations. The notation of each example is printed in the text and displayed on the computer screen.
  • Students can explore melodic and rhythmic composition by notating a rhythmic or melodic phrase for the computer to play back. They can also print out a hard copy.
  • The text includes numerous exercises, problems, and examples reflecting a diverse range of musical genres and styles, including abundant selections from popular music. This emphasis on practice and variety allows students to hone their skills while maintaining broad reader appeal.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

eBank Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495567922 | ISBN-13: 9780495567929)
Instructor's Edition (with CD-ROM)  (ISBN-10: 0495566926 | ISBN-13: 9780495566922)

Student Supplements

CD-ROM  (ISBN-10: 0495565946 | ISBN-13: 9780495565949)