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For courses in Music Appreciation taken by non-majors.Using unique, interactive Listening Activities and focusing equally on American and European, popular and classical music styles, this text helps students learn how to listen to music-any kind of music-more actively, and to articulate their observations clearly and persuasively. An absence of musical notation, an accessible writing style, an abundance of stimulating visuals, and in-depth coverage of each style easily draw those with no musical background into the rich and varied world of music they are likely to encounter both in and out of concert halls.
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  • Paperback | 366 pages
  • 213.36 x 276.86 x 15.24mm | 816.46g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130304409
  • 9780130304407

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PERSPECTIVES ON MUSIC...Balances classical and American popular music, with whole chapters dedicated to the Blues, Jazz, Rock, and Latino musicProvides dozens of interactive Listening Activities, pedagogically designed to gradually deepen students' listening skillsFeatures self-contained styles chapters, giving instructors greater flexibility to move or omit chapters according to the needs of their classLEARNING RESOURCESA two-CD compilation Illustrating the music discussed in the text.For the instructor, a "Teacher's Resource Guide" written by the author, filled with classroom suggestions and tips on the use of the Listening Activities.For the student, a "Companion Website" ( written by the author, with dozens of audio files as pedagogical aids, practice quizzes, and an extensive on-line glossary."Custom Repertoire Compact Disc." Contact your local Prentice Hall representative for more details.
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Table of contents

I. Elements. 1. Introduction: Learning to Listen. 2. Rhythm. 3. Pitch and Melody. 4. Harmony and Texture. 5. Timbre and Instrumentation. 6. Form and Other Elements. II. Styles. 7. The Blues. 8. Jazz. 9. Rock. 10. Latino Music. 11. Intermezzo: Introduction to Art Music. 12. Eighteenth-Century Music. 13. Nineteenth-Century Music. 14. Twentieth-Century Classical Music. 15. Music Combined with Other Arts. Epilogue.
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About Donald C. Meyer

Donald C. Meyer, associate professor of music at Lake Forest College in Illinois, is a musicologist, an electronic music composer, and an award-winning teacher. He received his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of California at Davis in 1994 with a dissertation entitled The NBC Symphony Orchestra. He is the author of articles on American cultural history and rock music and is composer-in-residence for the Taz-Wood Dance Company in Peoria, Illinois.
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