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One of the most successful new texts in Music Appreciation in over a decade, Experience Music provides an innovative approach to the fundamental challenge of the music appreciation course: the development of real listening skills in each student. With its unique three-part chapter structure in which one piece of music is experienced three times over the course of the chapter, the text offers a fresh, exciting, and more effective way to help students appreciate and understand great music of all kinds.
This second edition has been carefully revised to build upon and refine the text's highly effective approach through extended pedagogy, more focused features, and new and updated Listening Guides.
A program of well-crafted supplementary materials continues to serve the needs of students as well as instructors using the text. Each new text is packaged with a set of two audio CDs featuring key works addressed in the text and Online Learning Center; additional musical selections are also available for optional purchase. This edition moves the content of the companion CD-ROM to the Online Learning Center, providing open access for all students to the many activities and exercises. Within the text itself and in the online components, Experience Music provides the tools that help students listen more actively and appreciatively.
Katherine Charlton Calkins is returning to the position of chair of the music department at Mt. San Antonio College in fall, 2008, after having had a full-year sabbatical to study music by women composers. As a performer, she has a degree in classical guitar and has toured in Southern France and Tuscany playing lute with an early music group with her late, first husband Andrew Charlton. She also played percussion in the California University at Fullerton Wind Ensemble when they toured in Japan. She got her M.A. degree in music history and has continued with further graduate study in that same field. As a teacher, she started the guitar program at Mt. San Antonio College in 1974, where she continues to teach music history and appreciation. She began to teach a course in the history of rock music in the early nineteen-eighties and decided to try writing her own book because she did not really like any that were available at that time. That book, Rock Music Styles: A History was published in its first edition in 1990 and is now out in its fifth edition, published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education. Her second book, Experience Music, also published by McGraw-Hill, will be out in its second edition summer of 2008.
Robert Hickok is Professor Emeritus of Music (Choral Conducting) from the University of California, Irvine.