Crossroads: Popular Music in America

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For introductory, general education pop-music courses intended for students who have no prior musical training; courses on American Popular Music. Innovative, lively, and contemporary in focus, this comparative study of the multicultural music of the United States explores the five broad groups that constitute American society. With its blended approach; strong contemporary focus; and coverage of a wide variety of musical styles-from folk music, to banda.

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Crossroads celebrates the diversity of American music through coverage of a wide spectrum of musical styles, including folk music, the blues, jazz, Cajun and Zydeco music, and a variety of currently popular musics including rock and roll, rap, salsa, and Tejano.

Providing the tools to better understand and appreciate the multicultural complexity of American music, each music is discussed in three stages: 1) the roots in the ethnic traditions of a specific immigrant group, 2) the development into a uniquely American music, and 3) the evolution into new forms that retain their vitality and relevance in contemporary society. Crossroads provides both detailed musical analysis, and a discussion of the historical and social content in which these music genres developed.

Also available from Prentice Hall, a Crossroads Compact Disc contains many of the recordings discussed in the text.

About the Author:

Dr. Elizabeth F. Barkley is a classical pianist who holds a BA and an MA from the University of California, Riverside and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1999, she was named a Carnegie Scholar by the Pew Charitable Trusts and is consequently one of two national higher education scholars working on issues of the scholarship of teaching and learning in the discipline of music. As a Carnegie Scholar, she has been invited to give presentations at numerous institutions and national conferences, including the national and international conferences of the College Music Society. Her other teaching honors include being named California's 1998 Higher Education Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and receiving the Hayward Award for Educational Excellence, the Center for Diversity in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Faculty Award, her campus' President's Special Achievement Award, and Innovator of the Year by her district in conjunction with the National League for Innovation. She is the author of several articles on the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as author and co-author of two other textbooks on music history and literature.

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