Aural Culture Based on Musical Appreciation Rhythmic Excercises & Songs For Sight-singing

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1.—The present little book is intended for the use of the pupil, it is absolutely necessary that the teacher should possess and use a copy of Part II of the work in its complete form, in which will be found the various Musical Dictation Tests, the Pianoforte accompaniments to the Rhythmic Exercises and Songs, and the music for the Appreciation lessons, together with the letterpress, giving full directions as to the use of the book.
2.—In order to obtain the best results the pupil must work systematically, even if only for a few minutes each day. When an instrument is being studied the necessary few minutes can be profitably taken out of the practice time. This, instead of retarding instrumental progress owing to an apparent reduction in time, will be found to accelerate it, because of the greater and keener aural attention it enforces.
3.—It is advisable (in view of home-preparation) that pupils should provide themselves with (1) an MS. music book (2) a G pitch-pipe (French Normal Diapason pitch) (3) a " Miniature Modulator " No. 1.* The pitch-pipe, if used in the right way, will soon impress the absolute pitch of the sound C, while the Modulator will teach the pupil the scales and assist him to improvise, modulate and transpose, besides doing all that is possible in the driving home of the realization of any sound in connexion with its symbol.
4.—For purposes of reference the French Time-names are set out in Appendix B; this has been found desirable from the experience of many pupil*
5.—It will be noticed that included in the present book are certain additional exercises not to be found in the complete version of the work. Such exercises are however based upon matter contained therein, and are intended to afford supplementary practice upon the subjects of the various Steps.
* MS. Music books, C Normal Diapason pitch-pipes, and Miniature Modulators may be obtained from Joseph Williams. Limited, 32, Great Portland Street, W.
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