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    Resonances: Engaging Music in Its Cultural Context

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    Esther Morgan-Ellis, University of North Georgia

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    Last Update: 2024

    ISBN 13: 9781940771311

    Publisher: University of North Georgia Press

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Deborah Nemko, Professor of Music, Bridgewater State University on 6/28/21

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    Reviewed by Dawn McConkie, Professor of Music, Emporia State University on 5/14/21

    I enjoyed this new way of presenting material for a music appreciation class- chapters 1 and 13 are particularly refreshing and informational. read more

    Reviewed by Micaela Baranello, Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas on 1/24/21, updated 2/2/21

    Resonances is an impressive introduction to music textbook which offers us the tools we need to update this often tradition-bound course. That it is open access makes it even better! I look forward to adopting it the next time I teach our... read more

    Reviewed by Dirk Olson, Adjunct Instructor - Colorado Film School - CCA, Community College of Aurora on 8/12/20

    A good song needs a memorable hook and so does a book. The text snared me the moment I was encouraged to listen to and view URL links that offer examples of junkyard "music”, piano interpretations of a subway and more. The text offers creative... read more

    Table of Contents

    • Contributions and Acknowledgments
    • How to Use this Book 
    • Unit 1 - Music as a Field of Practice and Study
    • Unit 2 - Music for Storytelling
    • Unit 3 - Music for Entertainment
    • Unit 4 - Music for Political Expression
    • Unit 5 - Functional Music
    • Unit 6 - Evaluating Music
    • Appendices

    Ancillary Material

    • Ancillary materials are available by contacting the author or publisher.
    • About the Book

      Resonances: Engaging Music in Its Cultural Context offers a fresh curriculum for the college-level music appreciation course. The musical examples are drawn from classical, popular, and folk traditions from around the globe. These examples are organized into thematic chapters, each of which explores a particular way in which human beings use music. Topics include storytelling, political expression, spirituality, dance, domestic entertainment, and more. The chapters and examples can be taught in any order, making Resonances a flexible resource that can be adapted to your teaching or learning needs. This textbook is accompanied by a complete set of PowerPoint slides and learning objectives.

      About the Contributors


      Dr. Esther Morgan-Ellis is the author of Everybody Sing!: Community Singing in the American Picture Palace (2018). Her work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, and she has presented papers and lecture-recitals at national conferences. Dr. Morgan-Ellis currently serves as Managing Editor for the Journal of Popular Music Studies. Dr. Morgan-Ellis is also a professional cellist and appears regularly with regional orchestras. At UNG she teaches music history, world music, music in Appalachia, and cello, and she directs the orchestra in Dahlonega.

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