Our textbook for the Kalamazoo College theory sequence will be changing, starting with the MUSC 105 classes in Fall 2018 and Winter 2019. The new book is The Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony (picture is an amazon link):
Slide-a-note for the beginning note readers.
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For later theory sequences, it’s great to get a small MIDI keyboard for class, composition assignments, and any other notation assignments. Here are some of my suggestions, which are all plug and play with a usb connection and some sort of audio software:
The Novation Launchkey is a solid option, compact, and great for Ableton Live. This will also work with all notation software.
The iRig Keys line from IK Multimedia has a plethora of options, and the cool thing is, they all work on iOS, so you can use your iPhone or iPad as the audio driver for these slightly-more-high end devices.
If you want to get two-hands on a mini controller, but sacrifice backpack portability, the Alesis V49 is a great option.
Other great little MIDI keyboards are linked below: