Reading, Writing and Rhythmetic

the ABCs of Music Transcription

by Roberta Radley


Ear player, schooled musician, or somewhere in between — this book will improve your ability to transcribe music, and help you make the connection between the music you hear and what it looks like on the page.

This book defines a step-by-step process, the “ABCs,” toward achieving the goal of seeing what you hear, and hearing what you see. A simple formula is used for this process:

  • Listening (ear training) +
  • Analysis (brain training) =
  • Successful Transcription

Throughout this book you will participate in a variety of listening, singing, playing, reading and composing activities, all designed to prepare you for the ultimate goal of writing down musical ideas — creating a finished transcription.

The heart and soul of this book is transcribing “real music” examples. Throughout the book you'll be working with over 300 songs from almost every musical genre.

Teachers will find hundreds of pages of helpful ideas here that will augment your ear training instruction.

Sample Tracks


Endorsements

Every music student and teacher must have Roberta Radley's new book. She takes a pragmatic approach to developing sight-singing, transcriptions, and rhythm in a variety of styles. This book is effective, fun, and a fine contribution to the literature.”
— Matt Marvuglio Dean, Professional Performance Division, Berklee College of Music


Roberta Radley is currently the Assistant Chair of the Ear Training department at Berklee College of Music. A Berklee graduate herself, she has been a member of the faculty since 1976. Her accomplishments as an educator earned her the “Outstanding Achievement in Music Education” award from the College. She has taught a wide range of ear training classes, using innovative methods to help students hear music more analytically, and to inspire students to develop their own unique musical voice. Ms. Radley is also the author of the much-celebrated book The Real Easy Ear Training Book, published by Sher Music Co.