Ars Nova Practica Musica 6
Practica Musica is the most complete and thorough music theory and ear training tutor available for your Mac or PC. With more than 80 customizable activities, Practica Musica is the choice of thousands of schools, colleges and conservatories worldwide.
•Easy to navigate. Practica Musica 6 has a new look - its 225 learning activities are organized into a book-like table of contents that helps you to find the activities that are right for you. You can locate a learning activity by topic, by name, or take a guided course. Click on the name of any activity to read a brief description the material it covers.
•Includes new 3rd edition of Exploring Theory with Practica Musica. The digital 3rd edition of Exploring Theory is revised and expanded, with many new music examples presented as movies within the pages.
•A complete course. Practica Musica 6 covers not only a wide range of topics but also a wide range of difficulty: everything from the most basic starting exercise to advanced topics. Learn to hear the materials of music, learn to read and understand music notation, study melody construction, voiceleading, and harmonization. By combining the software with the included textbook and its music examples you can go as far as you like.
•Interactive. OK, it was always interactive. This is what the computer is good for! Do you want to learn to hear the difference between different chords? Practica Musica will tell you when you're on the right track. Want to learn how to write melody by ear? Practica Musica can invent endless examples for you to practice with, and tell you when you get them right. It can even perform sophisticated tasks for an advanced student: pointing out errors when writing a chorale in 4 parts, for example.
•Includes notation tools. The "composition" activity provides basic notation tools that are perfect for doing a school assignment: write a melody, a chorale, a duet - and you can hear it, print it, save it, even export it as a MIDI file.
•For home or school. The included textbook helps you to progress on your own. If you're using Practica Musica in a school environment your class will have access to our online WebStudents system for storing progress reports or music assignments and communicating with your instructor.
•New 'Fat Keys' keyboard option. Most activities don't require a full keyboard. Now you have the option of using a shorter keyboard with extra wide keys that are easy to see and play. There's also an "enharmonic" (split keys) fat keyboard and even a new lefthanded fretboard.
•Compatibility with the latest systems. Practica Musica 6 runs on Macintosh computers with OS 10.4 or later (including Lion), and on Windows computers with WinXP, Vista, or Win7. For Windows computers we recommend connecting an external "MIDI" sound device if you're interested in doing real-time rhythm tapping activities; for activities that don't involve playing notes in time the built-in sound is enough. On Macs the built-in sound is all you need even for rhythm tapping, though you can connect an external device if you want to.
Practica Musica 6 Customizable Activities
•HEARING PITCHES: Repeat Pitches, Absolute Pitch, Custom Absolute Pitch, Mistuned Notes
•SCALES AND KEY SIGNATURES: Scales, Custom Scales, Spelling Scales, Scale Ear Training, Custom Scale Ear Training, Degrees, Key Signatures, Building Key Signatures, Tonics
•READING PITCHES: Lines and Spaces, Single Pitches, Reading Treble Clef, Reading Bass Clef, Reading in Keys, Reading Accidentals, Pitch Reading, Custom Pitch Reading, Transposed Pitch Reading, Custom Transposed Pitch Reading, Custom Vertical Reading, Custom Library Pitch Reading
•READING AND WRITING PITCHES: Transcribe Alto C, Tonal Transposition, Real Transposition
•PITCH DICTATION: Grow Melody Pitch Dictation, Progressive Pitch Dictation, Pitch Errors, Pitch Dictation, Library Pitch Dictation, 2-Part Pitch Dictation, 4-Part Pitch Dictation, Dictation with Chords, 4-Part Pitch Dictation with Chords, Atonal Dictation, Custom Atonal Dictation, 2 Part Atonal Dictation, Custom 2 Part Atonal Dictation
•READING AND WRITING RHYTHM: Begin Reading Rhythm, Rhythm Matching, Placing Barlines, Writing Rhythm, Reading Syncopation, Reading Triplets, Rhythm Reading, 2-Part Rhythm Reading, Rhythm Dictation, Library Rhythm Dictation, Custom Rhythm Matching, Custom Rhythm Reading, Tricky Rhythm Tapping
•PITCH AND RHYTHM TOGETHER: Pitch-Rhythm Reading, Custom Sight Reading, Pitch-Rhythm Dictation, Library Full Dictation
•CHORDS, SINGLE: Recognizing Triads, Building Triads, Chord Playing, Chord Spelling, Chord Ear Training, Hearing Chord Inversions, Recognizing 7ths, Building 7ths, Spelling Secondary Dominants, Chords in Context, Visual Chords, Custom Ear Chords, Custom Chord Playing, Custom Chord Spelling, Custom Visual Chords, Spelling Augmented 6th Chords
•CHORD PROGRESSION: Recognizing Primaries, Hearing Altered Chords, Chord Progressions, Library Chord Progressions, Dictation with Chords, Custom Chord Progressions
•INTERVALS: Identify Steps, Wholestep and Halfstep, Octaves, Interval Playing, Interval Spelling, Interval Ear Training, Identifying Intervals, Speed Intervals, Building Intervals, Visual Intervals, Custom Visual Intervals, Custom Ear Intervals, Interval Series, Custom Interval Series
•KEYBOARD FAMILIARITY: The Keyboard, Pitch Matching, Custom Pitch Matching, Custom Vertical Reading
•MELODIC DEVELOPMENT: Shaping Melody, Tonal Sequencing, Real Transposition, Tonal Transposition
•VOICE-LEADING: Chorale Writing, Non-Harmonic Tones, Realize Roman Numerals
•MISCELLANEOUS (WRITING, PLAYING, LISTENING): Examples, Chapters 1-5, Examples, Chapters 6-9, Examples, Chapters 10-13, Meter Examples, Modal Melodies, Class Music, Active Listening, Rounds
•WRITING MUSIC (NOTATION TOOLS): Melody Writing, Composition, 4-Part Writing, 2-Part Writing, Orchestra Writing with transposing staves
Each of the above activities can be customized to meet the needs of a specific individual or curriculum -- instructors can even create their own activities for inclusion in their students' activities folders.
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