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Today's music appreciation student needs access to The World of Music. This popular text begins with the more familiar repertoire of American folk, religious, jazz, ethnic, and popular music before introducing students to music from around the globe and Western classical music. David Willoughby's friendly writing style and detailed listening guides help students hone their listening skills, investigate new cultures, and develop a solid foundation for a lifetime of musical appreciation.
New musical selections, appearing as Listening Guides in the text or online, include Music of the American Indian, "Rabbit Dance;" Wu Man, "Shanghai Blues;" and Carrie Underwood, "Don't Forget to Remember Me."
Separate chapters on religious and folk music update and split the coverage of these two musical genres, making the presentation more manageable and the text more flexible.
An additional online chapter, Chapter 14, Twenty-First Century Perspectives, provides a current exploration of music from around the world.
A new edition of the survey text instructing students in the infinite variety of music using a global perspective. Willoughby (Susquehanna U.) develops listening skills and music appreciation by studying folk, jazz, world music, and the classics up to John Cage. It's a user friendly approach supplying some technical terms but emphasizing description, identification, and relational concepts. The appendices note composers, acoustics, instrument listings according to tone, and describe Western notation. The music referred to by the text must be purchased separately. A two-CD or cassette set with 50 examples or a five-CD set with 104 examples are reportedly available. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)