Lies My Music Teacher Told Me

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A number of musical misconceptions are explored and exploded in this humorous and lucid discussion of the relation between the human perception of music and traditional systems of music education. Drawing on his extensive background in the music world, the author marshals an informal yet rigorous logic to guide the reader through the practical experiences and careful thinking that led him to his conclusions. Updated and refined in the light of reader feedback and more recent thinking, nagging questions such as Why does formal musical training seem not to pertain to musical success? and Why is there such a dramatic disparity between what one is told about music and how one actually experiences it? are re-addressed. Seekers of musical truth stand to profit from this light-hearted assault on the more nebulous assumptions of the musical community.

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Gerald Eskelin is a conductor, singer, composer, writer, and teacher. He is the author of The Sounds of Music: Perception of Notation and Natural Ear Training. He has received two Grammy nominations for recordings by the L.A. Jazz Choir, which he founded in 1980. Prior to his 30-year tenure as a professor of music at Pierce College in Los Angeles, he taught at the University of Southern California and the California Institute of the Arts. He lives in Woodland Hills, California.

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"We should always be grateful for books—on any subject—that force us to take a new angle of vision, to interpret familiar things in a fresh way. Dr. Eskelin's amusing and instructive dissertation does that, and much more."  —Steve Allen, entertainer and TV personality

"Lies shows in profoundly understandable terms how to fine-tune one's musical sensibility."  —Alan Paul, The Manhattan Transfer

"Eskelin's lighthearted first-person approach makes the book very readable. Students of all levels could certainly learn something from this material but it would also interest music educators and even music theorists."  —Music Educators Journal

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