Connect Music, a new web-based assignment and assessment platform, gives students the means to better connect with their coursework, with their instructors, and with the important concepts that they will need to know for success in Music Appreciation. Instructors can assign listening exercises online and see the results of student work in their gradebook.Experience Music is an innovative approach to the fundamental challenges of the music appreciation course. With its unique listening structure, students experience one piece of music three times within each chapter. This is a more effective means for students to develop stronger listening skills, greater understanding, and explore music of all kinds. The third edition of Experience Music continues its commitment to providing outstanding learning tools and listening guides through Connect Music. This ground-breaking digital solution streams all the program’s music within animated listening guides and is paired with interactivities helping students effectively develop lifelong listening skills while instructors achieve course goals and improved outcomes.
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Katherine Charlton Calkins teaches in the music department at Mt. San Antonio College where she spent eight years on the all-college general education committee and then served as chair of the music department for the following ten years. During a yearlong sabbatical in 2007-2008 she studied women composers and compiled biographies, recordings, and listening guides, which she made available to her colleagues to help them add more women to their music appreciation and history classes. As a performer, she has a degree in classical guitar from California State University at Fullerton. She toured in Southern France and Tuscany, playing lute with an early music group led by her late, first husband Andrew Charlton and his friend Gloria Ramsey, both well known in the field of early music. Calkins also played percussion and toured in Japan with the CSUF Wind Ensemble. She got her M.A. in music history and has continued with further graduate study in that same field. As a teacher, she started the guitar program at Mt. San Antonio College, where she continues to teach music history, music appreciation, and history of rock music. Her first book, Rock Music Styles: A History, is now out in its sixth edition, published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Experience Music is her second book.
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