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Resonances: Engaging Music in Its Cultural Context

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Esther Morgan-Ellis, University of North Georgia

Copyright Year: 2020

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

Unit 1 - Music as a Field of Practice and Study

  • Chapter 1: Music in Human Life
  • Chapter 2: The Elements of Music

Unit 2 - Music for Storytelling

  • Chapter 3: Music and Characterization
  • Chapter 4: Sung and Danced Drama
  • Chapter 5: Song
  • Chapter 6: Stories without Words

Unit 3 -  Music for Entertainment

  • Chapter 7: Listening at Public Concerts
  • Chapter 8: Listening at Home and at Court

Unit 4 - Music for Political Expression

  • Chapter 9: National Identity
  • Chapter 10: Support and Protest

Unit 5 - Functional Music

  • Chapter 11: Music for Spiritual Expression
  • Chapter 12: Music for Moving

Unit 6 - Evaluating Music

  • Chapter 13: What is Good Music?

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  • About the Book

    Welcome to Resonances: Engaging Music in Its Cultural Context! Although this book is intended primarily for use in the college music appreciation classroom, it was designed with consideration for independent learners, advanced high school students, and experienced musicians. That is to say, it includes enough detail that expert guidance is not required and is written using broadly-accessible language. At the same time, it addresses advanced topics and positions music as a serious object of study.

    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.

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