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Resonances: Engaging Music in its Cultural Context

Resonances: Engaging Music in its Cultural Context

Resonances: Engaging Music in Its Cultural Context offers a fresh curriculum for the college-level music appreciation course. The musical examples are drawn from classical, popular, and folk traditions from around the globe. These examples are organized into thematic chapters, each of which explores a particular way in which human beings use music. Topics include storytelling, political expression, spirituality, dance, domestic entertainment,...

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Anna Grau Schmidt
Anna Grau Schmidt (Librarian)
8 weeks ago
This is an open textbook suitable for music appreciation courses. Instead of taking a chronological approach, the organization is thematic, and while Western art music is well represented, it is not the sole focus of the book, making this appropriate to broad introductory music courses, rather than courses specifically on Western music history or "world musics." The content is accessible and high quality, with multiple authors contributing specialized sections. The ebook is available free in PDF form, or can be purchased in print form, so students can engage with it in their preferred format. The book includes many illustrations, maps, etc., and links to external sources like YouTube for listening both embedded in the PDF and as QR codes, making it easy to listen on a mobile device while reading the print book. There are also listening charts for select examples, and instructors can request resources including Powerpoints slides, test banks, and learning objectives, making this a full replacement for an expensive textbook and CD set.
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