I got this one several years ago, I think as a sort of makeweight when buying a couple of second-hand books from America, and I hadn't really read it until this weekend (even now I'm not quite half way through it) The author does counsel against dipping into it, and I've found that sound advice - each chapter seems to need the previous, or you'll misunderstand what he's saying.
I don't think it's readily available in this country, so I'm not sure if I'll find anyone on here who's read it to tell me what they think about it .
I have to say I don't think it's about a load of essentially wrong things that we are al feeding to our little beginners; I opened it in a slightly defensive mood, thinking "doesn't this man realise that you tell half-truths to young children because the whole truth in one go is too complicated?" - an obvious one being that a crotchet is a one-beat note - I'm so tired of hearing about that one; if my child is old enough, I can generally slip in the words "usually" and "these days" somewherre, but let's face it, we have a pulse which we hear one beat at a time, and the default (nowadays...) is that it's represented by a crotchet.
No, this book is more about misconceptions which we and possibly our teachers, have concerning some aspects of music theory. As to "lies", I think in many cases it's not that the teacher doesn't know, just that it's not been seen to be necessary to elaborate further on the simplification, so often we come to our own conclusions later on.
It's not a new book (1994), and it has mixed reviews; many of these are about the style, which you either liike or you don't (some didn't even like being called "grownups" on the cover), some that it is too much oriented to unaccompanied jazz choral singing, and one or two negative ones say it's a load of BS without, I notice, being specific. On balance, though, there are more good than bad reviews.
I was enjoying it for an obvious reason, that it confirmed, or agreed with, many of the things I've been thinking and saying. The first helf is about pitch, first about tuning and accoustics, and then about scales. The second half, I haven't got on to yet, is about rhythm. It deals with quite a lot of the controversial theory questions we discuss a lot on these forums: compound time and minor scales being two of the more recent. So it's a pity it's not more easily avbailable, though Amazon says there are a few to be got cheap (plus steep postage) from the US; I don't know if any of them have found their way to book sellers over here.
The chapter headings are like, for example:
Lie #5: Singing scales and melodies is the best way to begin developing a musical ear, Truth: Developing accuracy in melodic tuning greatly depends on a sense of harmonic relationships
Lie #5: An interval is the distance between two pitches. Truth: an interval is a qualitative perception of consonance
Lie #8: The minor mode is the Aeolian mode inherited from the Medieval church modes. Truth: The minor mode is a "color" modification of the major mode
Lie #8: There is a wide variety of meters. Truth: There are four basic metric structures
17 chapters in all
I'd say I've lready found several things in here where I know the truth and I've taught what he describes as the "lie" because as a first step, it's simplest. If it becomes necessary later, I'll usually say "you remember when I told you xyz? Well, that's only half the story". So I don't see the book as slamming into music teachers and teaching at all, but rather a way of checking up on your own misconceptions. It's definitely not a beginners' book!
I'd be interested to find anything similar which can be got over here. Not looking for a basic theory book (I have loads of those already) but something that systematically debunks ways in which we've been thinking.