Théory Complète De La Musique by Jacques Chailley and Henri Challan is a really complete method for beginning musicians. This first volume of a series of two covers the nine first chapters of the method.
I. Different elements of music
II. Music writing and symbols
IV. Intervals elements
VI. Theory of Tonality [1/2]
VII. Theory of Tonality [2/2]
VIII. Tonality application
IX. Additional music symbols
Really focused on theory and including some exercises, this book will be a better fit for mature music beginners.
Henri Challan was a French composer and professor at the Paris Conservatoire who won the Grand Prix de Rome and who has wrote many music analysis.
Jacques Chailley was a musician and Deputy Director of the Paris Conservatoire.