840 Examples of Melodic Dictation

Author: Douglas, Darrell
Countless texts exist to teach the organization and analysis of harmony and melody; however, there are only a few texts that teach a student how to write harmonic dictation, and none that teach a student to write melodic dictation drawing on the melodic practice from the last five centuries. This text will train even the least able student to write dictated melodies accurately by presenting simple conjunct examples to advanced melodies using 20th century practices. The 840 examples are carefully organized into twelve chapters. Each chapter has an introduction that explains the specific new melodic material the student will encounter in the chapter's dictation. The melodies in each chapter will be integrated with those already learned. This repetition and integration will enable the student to remember and write melodies in an organized way. Softcover spiral-bound for easy use.


This integrated set of music theory books is the only publication that combines sight and sound for the instruction of elementary harmony. The beginning student is taught to partwrite with skill and, above all, to hear what he/she has written. No other texts currently marketed offer this integration. The exercises are well-structured in presentation to include most of the necessary information to prepare the student for examinations for graduate school, teacher's accreditation, and the graduate record examinations, music theory section. The texts are also a preparation for Schenkerian analysis. The books have been refined in twenty-seven years of teaching and are proven to work on advanced high school and college level students.

Table of Contents

Chapter Headings include: Simple Conjunct Melodies (major and minor); Simple Meters (major and minor); Minor Scales; Compound Meters; Modulation to Nearly Related Keys; Modulation to Other Keys; Chromatically Altered Tones; Distant Modulations; Basis of Melodies.