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Musicianship and music theory concepts


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Musicianship and music theory concepts

Music Library resources for musicianship and music theory

SmartMusic Classic (only available until August 31, 2020)
The Music Library (MDML) provides SmartMusic Classic software, which is installed on laptops and iPads that can be borrowed by Music students. Also available for loan are 2 SmartMusic USB vocal microphones for use with this program. Students with SmartMusic Classic subscriptions can sign in to their account on any of the MDML Retina laptops or iPads to use the software.

Students who do not have a SmartMusic Classic subscription are limited to using Retina Mac 4 and Retina Mac 5, which have SmartMusic Practice Room subscriptions installed. Note: Reserving these laptops in advance is strongly recommended as they are in high demand. Those wishing to use the Practice Room subscriptions must use their MakeMusic account and then sign into the SmartMusic program with that account and an internet connection. 

Resources on reserve
The Music Library's reserve collection includes several print and audio resources for musicianship and music theory training. Please ask for these materials at the 4th-floor service desk.

Helpful websites for musicianship practice

Good Ear
An easy-to-use introduction to intervals, triad qualities, scales, short progressions, and diatonic and chromatic pitches. Exercises
Covers rhythmic and melodic dictation (1 and 2 voices), intervals, chords, progressions, and scales. Although more complicated than Good Ear, Teoria offers more options and advanced exercises.

eMusicTheory: Free resources
Topics: note identification on the musical staff and on various instruments (piano, guitar, strings), rhythmic dictation, key signatures, intervals, scales, triads and 7th chords, and diatonic harmonies. eMusicTheory takes a little time to load and set options, but it has a variety of customizable exercises.

Helpful websites for music theory concepts
Lessons and exercises on music theory fundamentals, basic harmony, and voice leading. Tutorials
Lessons and exercises on intervals, scales, chords, diatonic and chromatic harmony, and musical form. also offers animated analyses of short musical pieces.

Location and contacts

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Music Library Staff
Elizabeth Wirth Music Building
3rd floor - 527 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1E3


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Cathy Martin
527 Sherbrooke St. W, A-317, Montreal, QC, H3A 1E3

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