Excursions in World Music, 6th Edition

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9780205012855: Excursions in World Music, 6th Edition

Explore the relationship between music and society around the world
 
This comprehensive introductory text creates a panoramic experience for beginner students by exposing them to the many musical cultures around the globe.  Each chapter opens with a musical encounter in which the author introduces a key musical culture.  Through these experiences, students are introduced to key musical styles, musical instruments, and performance practices.  Students are taught how to actively listen to key musical examples through detailed listening guides.  The role of music in society is emphasized through chapters that focus on key world cultural groups.
 

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“The chapter opening immediately drew me in to extent that I went straight to YouTube and began watching and listening to footage of the Cat Island festival from 2007.”

Professor David Moskowitz, University of South Dakota

 

“The introduction is spectacular, especially components such as "basic assumptions" and "universals"; also box on "transmission" and summary points. The colored boxes, coded for listening or important items and issues, are truly a "plus", as are the end-of-chapter references to further readings and listening.”

Professor Patricia Campbell, University of Washington

 

“I was very impressed with the quality of this book.  The information was concise, easy to read, but most importantly, touched on important issues in ethnomusicology that cut across cultures.”

Professor Jay Keister, University of Colorado, Boulder

 

“The writing is engaging, the listening guides are helpful (and not overly detailed), all the writers are knowledgeable.”

Professor Stephen Blum, CUNY Graduate Center

 

“The introductory sections of most chapters help to engage the students and make them feel like a part of each culture. The chapters generally have clear explanations of a culture's musical style (especially Indonesia, China, Japan, India, the Middle East, and Latin America). Having chapters written by different specialists helps to keep the student's interest because of the individual approaches taken.”

Professor John Robison, University of South Florida

 

“I like how the authors introduce and define musical terminology and concepts into the text as they are being talked about, rather then segregating these materials to separate chapters. This allows the instructor to talk about these terms and concepts 'in context.' I also like the straight-forward style of narrative that, at the same time, does not shy away from introducing complex problems.”

Professor Peter Marsh, California State University, East Bay

 

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