An Introduction to Music Studies

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Why study music? How much practical use is it in the modern world? This introduction proves how studying music is of great value both in its own terms and also in the post-university careers marketplace. The book explains the basic concepts and issues involved in the academic study of music, draws attention to vital connections across the field, and encourages critical thinking over a broad range of music-related issues.

Covers all main aspects of music studies, including topics such as composition, music theory, opera, popular music, and the economics of music.

Provides a thorough overview of a hugely diverse subject, from the history of early music to careers in music technology, giving a head start on the areas covered in a music degree.

New to "neume"? Need a reminder about "ripping"? Glossaries give clear definitions of key musical terms.

Chapters are carefully structured and organized enabling easy and quick location of the information needed. Each chapter contains:

a chapter preview presenting a clear and concise introduction to the topic

a bullet list of key issues, showing at a glance the aims and content of the chapter

a chapter summary at the end of the chapter, providing a useful revision tool

a list of key discussion topics to help broaden thinking on the subject.

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"...The attractive volume is appropriate and interesting to readers of all ages and educational attainment. I find the book to be most fascinating...This very good book is well printed, accessible and interesting to read...I can recommend this book for general readership very strongly." -Geary H. Larrick
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521603805
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/12/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 310
  • Sales rank: 453,264
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

J. P. E. Harper-Scott is Lecturer in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Jim Samson is Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations

Features of this book: a guide

Introduction J. P. E. Harper-Scott Harper-Scott, J. P. E.

Pt. I Disciplines

1 Music history Jim Samson Samson, Jim

2 Music theory and analysis Rachel Beckles Willson Willson, Rachel Beckles

3 The sociology of music Katharine Ellis Ellis, Katharine

4 The psychology of music John Rink Rink, John

5 Music aesthetics and critical theory Andrew Bowie Bowie, Andrew

Pt. II Approaches to Repertoire

6 World musics Henry Stobart Stobart, Henry

7 Early music Stephen Rose Rose, Stephen

8 Opera David Charlton Charlton, David

9 Concert music Erik Levi Levi, Erik

10 Jazz Andrew Bowie Bowie, Andrew

11 Popular music Elizabeth Eva Leach Leach, Elizabeth Eva

12 Music in film and television Julie Brown Brown, Julie

Pt. III Music in Practice

13 Musical performance Tina K. Ramnarine Ramnarine, Tina K.

14 Composition Julian Johnson Johnson, Julian

15 Music technology Brian Lock Lock, Brian

16 The economics and business of music Nicholas Cook Cook, Nicholas


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