Decoding Sound: Music Analysis for the Secondary School


BREAKING NEWS for 2020!!

Decoding Sound will be available in two versions for the 2020 school year so contact your school bookseller now to put it on your booklist!
Print + Digital (eBook) version: RRP: $29.95, ISBN: 978-0-6480793-2-3
Digital (eBook) only version:  RRP: $24.95, ISBN: 978-0-6480793-3-0

The definitive text book for music performance analysis

Decoding Sound: Music Analysis for the Secondary School is a brand new eBook and a simplified and engaging approach to music performance analysis.

  • Interactive eBook with audio links to all music examples
  • Structured in a clear, logical, progressive and simplified way
  • Includes FREE access to Decoding Sound Digital Resources Library


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Decoding Sound Digital Resources Library
FREE with any purchase of Decoding Sound 1st Edition
As an introductory offer, Decoding Sound (1st Edition) eBook includes FREE access to the Decoding Sound Digital Resources Library on the DSMusic website.
This includes sample answers for all questions in the book, downloadable and printable templates of answering charts and tables, and much more!


  • The Elements of Music
  • Expressive Outcomes
  • The Elements in Depth
  • Question Answering Techniques
  • Focus on Comparison
  • Practice Questions
  • Appendices – word lists for the elements and the expressive outcome

Each chapter includes:

  • Definitions of terms
  • Discussion of concepts and their application in music performance
  • Detailed analysis examples and fully written out sample answers
  • "Your Turn" activities after every example to build confidence and question answering skills


Sample pages: