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    Music Appreciation: History, Culture, and Context

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    Bonnie Le

    Francis Scully

    Steven Edwards

    Publisher: LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Diane Phoenix-Neal, Associate Professor, James Madison University on 11/27/23

    I found the content effective and easy to understand in all areas. Following the timeline of Western European history helps the students to contextualize the music they are learning about. Sometimes the text appeared to overreach in its efforts to... read more

    Table of Contents

    • Preface
    • Introduction
    • I. Music Fundamentals
    • II. History of Western Music before 1600
    • III. History of Western Music after 1600
    • IV. Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries
    • V. Listening to Genres
    • VI. Music of Louisiana, the Americas, and the World
    • Appendix A
    • Appendix B: Checklist for Accessibility
    • References

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    About the Book

    Music makes us human. Every culture on earth has music. In fact, every human society extending back into prehistoric times has had music. Most of us are surrounded by music. We use it to enhance our mood and to regulate our metabolism, to keep us awake and help us go to sleep, as background to accompany the work, study, exercise, and relaxation that fills our days. But it is precisely when music steps out of this background and asks for our attention, engages our memory and our expectations, that it becomes a fundamentally artistic endeavor. Music is a sonic response to a question that’s not really about sound at all, but rather is historical and social. The study of music is the study of human thought, experience, and history. This course is about the musical imagination. It’s how to think about music, but it’s also about music as a mode of thinking. (inspired by Michael Hays, Professor of Architectural Theory at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design: Welcome to The Architectural Imagination (

    This textbook was created as part of the Interactive OER for Dual Enrollment project, facilitated by LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network and funded by a $2 million Open Textbooks Pilot Program grant from the Department of Education. This project supports the extension of access to high-quality post-secondary opportunities to high school students across Louisiana and beyond. This project features a collaboration between educational systems in Louisiana, the library community, Pressbooks technology partner, and workforce representatives. It will enable and enhance the delivery of open educational resources (OER) and interactive quiz and assessment elements for priority dual enrollment courses in Louisiana and nationally. Developed OER course materials will be released under a license that permits their free use, reuse, modification and sharing with others.

    The target audience for this project and this textbook are dual enrollment students. Dual enrollment is the opportunity for a student to be enrolled in high school and college at the same time. A dual enrollment student receives credit on both their high school and college transcripts for the same course.

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    Bonnie Le

    Francis Scully

    Steven Edwards

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