Listening to Music: Critical Review Guide

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This book provides the foundation for development of one's knowledge of music. It concentrates on "listening" skills in order to increase music appreciation and demystify the concert-going experience. The musical process, the materials of music, the common style periods of music, adjunct music, and audience power.

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Dr. Jay Zorn is the Chairman of the Music Education Department at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, and a past president of the California Music Educators Association. For 30 years, Dr. Zorn has focused on training music educators, teaching music appreciation to thousands of students, and developing new, courses .designed to appeal to the expanding cultural diversity of student populations.

June August is a playwright whose works have been produced in New England, California, Florida, and off-Broadway. She has been the Editorial Director of the Education Division of Walt Disney Productions and Director of Public Information for the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music. In addition, June is a writing consultant and trainer for Fortune 500 companies throughout North America.

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Perhaps the words that best describe Listening to Music are accessible and reader friendly. The information and the music are accessible; the language and presentation are reader-friendly. According to one reader, "It's a book you can't get lost in."

The Fourth Edition of Listening to Music has been substantially shaped by its advocates: those instructors across North America who have been using it successfully in the classroom as a framework for their courses. Their reactions and opinions, along with those of their teaching assistants and students, are represented in the Fourth Edition.

Among the most popular features have been the composer's biographies. As a result, this edition includes more than 60 biographies, complete with lists of principal works and their dates. Other additions provide more opportunities for enhancing instruction by introducing diversity and critical thinking issues.

The art of teaching music appreciation has many dedicated and passionate practitioners, all sharing the belief that music is a vital component of a civilized society. Listening to Music continues to be a dynamic and still-evolving tool for the study of music in its historical and social contexts.

A close reading of the Table of Contents will clarify the exact sequence of instruction.

Part 1. The Musical Process opens with ways of listening to music, then offers a guide for attending a concert

  • where to buy tickets
  • how to prepare for the performance
  • how to interpret the printed program
  • what orchestra members, soloists, and conductors do
  • when to applaud.

Further discussions include explanations of typical performing media.

Part 2. The Materials of Music is a multimedia presentation of the elements of music and the introduction of basic concepts and terminology. By allowing students to self-pace their learning, the presentation frees valuable class time for in-depth instruction and discussion.

Part 3. The Common Style Periods in Music progresses chronologically from Gregorian Chant to the present. The music examples chosen to illustrate the style periods have proven their effectiveness over years of actual class use and are representative of today's concert programming. Instruction is reinforced with detailed listening guides and listening insights.

Part 4. Adjunct Music highlights diversity issues in American popular music, Broadway musical theater, music for the movies, and music of world cultures. The chapter covering popular music has been significantly expanded for the Fourth Edition.

We have expanded coverage of key topics in a number of areas:

  • becoming a musically active concertgoer (audience development)
  • exploring the contributions of music to film
  • appreciating the important cultural diversity that led to the creation and development of Broadway Musicals
  • understanding the impact of popular music over the decades.

A continued feature of the Fourth Edition is the inclusion of Challenge Your Expertise activities in each chapter. These questions stimulate critical thinking and encourage thorough reading of the chapters.

The Fourth Edition is coordinated with two exciting supplements for the student: Prentice Hall's exclusive Companion Website™ that accompanies Listening to Music offers unique tools and support that make it easy for students and instructors to integrate this online study guide with the text: www.prenhall.com/zorn

We are also proud to offer the Critical Review Guide to the supplements program. Packaged at no additional cost to the student, this 96-page manual contains chapter review material and activities designed to promote critical thinking about music.

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