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Music on the Move

Music on the Move

Music is a mobile art. When people move to faraway places, whether by choice or by force, they bring their music along. Music creates a meaningful point of contact for individuals and for groups; it can encourage curiosity and foster understanding; and it can preserve a sense of identity and comfort in an unfamiliar or hostile environment. As music crosses cultural, linguistic, and political boundaries, it continually changes. While human...

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Anna Grau Schmidt
Anna Grau Schmidt (Librarian)
1 year ago
Music on the Move is an open textbook suitable to courses such as "world music" and other introductory music courses. Many of the chapters could also be used independently in the context of courses on specific musical traditions, such as African American music. Instead of taking a chronological or geographic approach, which is typical in music history and ethnomusicology texts, Fossler-Lussier approaches her subject thematically, with some more specific "case studies," with chapters on aspects of music media, migration, etc. The writing is accessible for non-major audiences, and clearly introduces sophisticated concepts like authenticity and mediation. It introduces the study of musics of the world as a field of scholarly inquiry, rather than a succession of stylistic features and genre names. The ebook is easy to navigate; sound recordings and notated musical examples are often accessible from within the page. In some cases, links redirect the reader to a Spotify page or other external source for the music, and it is not always 100% clear what the reader needs to do to access the music in these cases.
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