Fundamentals, Function, and Form: Theory and Analysis of Tonal Western Art Music
“[This book] provides its readers with a comprehensive study of the theory and analysis of tonal Western art music. Mount begins by building a strong foundation in the understanding of rhythm, meter, and pitch as well as the notational conventions associated with each. From there, he guides the reader through an exploration of polyphony—the simultaneous sounding of multiple independent melodies—and an increasingly rich array of different sonorites that grow out of this practice. The book culminates with a discussion of musical form, engaging with artistic works in their entirety by considering the interaction of harmonic and thematic elements, but also such other musical dimensions as rhythm, meter, texture, and expression.”
Introduction to Music Appreciation
by Bethanie Hansen, David Whitehouse, and Cathy Silverman. This book “is about listening, appreciating, understanding, and discussing music. It explores the history, aesthetics, and criticism of Western music for an enhanced understanding of the topic.
Open Music Theory x CUNY
A free, open-source, online textbook remixed from Open Music Theory. The resources in this edition have been designed to support music theory courses at York College/CUNY.
Understanding Music: Past and Present
“An open Music Appreciation textbook co-authored by music faculty across Georgia. The text covers the fundamentals of music and the physics of sound, an exploration of music from the Middle Ages to the present day, and a final chapter on popular music in the United States.”
Class Piano I
“[This] educational channel covers the following key topics: beginning keyboard technique, sight-reading, transposition, scales, arpeggios, chords, harmonization, & improvisation. […] [E]ach video comes with closed captions, brief descriptions, suggestions to related videos, and chapters (“show more” under the video description).”
Introduction to Music (Saylor Academy)
“This course provides an introductory survey of the Western classical tradition, exploring music both as a phenomenon of sound and culture. The focus of this course is the development of aural skills that lead to an understanding and appreciation of music.”
Sound Reasoning: A New Way to Listen
By Anthony Brandt. “Sound Reasoning is designed to help you listen. This course encourages you to be self-reliant–to get up close to the music, without mediation or interference. The course assumes little or no prior musical background. The ability to read music is not required. A minimum of musical terminology will be invoked. When it is necessary, all terms are defined in a glossary easily accessible by hyper-link. Most importantly, musical examples are interpolated directly into the text, making it easy to evaluate all the concepts that are introduced.”
Open audio & additional OER
Free Music Archive
“An interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads directed by WFMU”
“We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. Put simply, our mission is to set music free.”
Open Goldberg Variations
“The Open Goldberg Variations (Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 988), played by Kimiko Ishizaka on a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial piano, are free to download and share. They are governed by the Creative Commons Zero license, which means that they are a part of the public domain, and every use of them is allowed.”
Music theory website by José Rodríguez Alvira. Peer reviewed web site by MERLOT and recipient of 2006 MERLOT Classic Award in music.