Music Fundamentals

Welcome to the companion website for Music Fundamentals: A Balanced Approach, Second Edition by Sumy Takesue.

We are hosting a range of materials to help you use this unique and exciting book. We hope they will prove helpful, whether you're studying or teaching, familiar with reading music, or learning the basics for the first time.

Click on the above tabs to access the following materials:

  • For the Student
    • Music Theory Trainer, by Sumy Takesue and interns from Rochester Institute of Technology, which has interactive drills coordinated with the book. Exercises begin with pitch reading, and continue with tapping and listening to rhythms. Other topics include triads, intervals, ear training, and scales. After completing an exercise, scores can be emailed to your teacher or printed out. Need assistance with an exercise? Click on the Help button at the bottom of the page.
    • Flashcards to review concepts and note-reading skills in music theory.
    • Note: You will need Adobe Flash installed on your computer, which many of you already have. It can be downloaded at no charge at

  • For the Instructor
    • A downloadable Instructor´s Manual, which will offer additional exercises, ideas on using the book, and more. Instructors should fill out the password request form.

We hope you'll enjoy using Music Fundamentals: A Balanced Approach and its interactive website to help you learn to read and understand music.

Let us know what you think!

Sumy Takesue, Author

Constance Ditzel, Senior Editor