Volume 2, the third in The Young Musician’s Series set, was written to introduce students to the basic concepts of melody in music.
It begins with an orientation to the essential nature of a melody. This is followed by an explanation of motifs, the equivalent of a word in music. Volume 2 then advances into an presentation and description of phrase, the musical equivalent of a sentence. Details about musical form comprise the next lesson. An exploration of musical shapes follows. Next, there is an extensive look at the history of melody. Finally, a look at expressive facets of a melody round out the material of this volume.
As with all volumes in this series, each lesson in Volume 2 includes a Review of prior lesson data, a statement of current Lesson Goals, intermittent and final Lesson Reviews, a post-lesson Quiz and independent Projects based on the current lesson’s data. There are numerous illustrations and music examples, which are both appealing and a learning aid.