3rd Edition

Music: A Social Experience

By Steven Cornelius, Mary Natvig Copyright 2022
    408 Pages 220 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    408 Pages 220 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    By taking a thematic approach to the study of music appreciation, Music: A Social Experience, Third Edition demonstrates how music reflects and deepens both individual and cultural understandings. Musical examples are presented within universally experienced social frameworks (ethnicity, gender, spirituality, love, and more) to help students understand how music reflects and advances human experience. Students engage with multiple genres (Western art music, popular music, and world music) through lively narratives and innovative activities. A companion website features streaming audio and instructors' resources.

    The third edition includes:

    • A chapter on Black American music
    • A revised and developed chapter on gender and sexuality
    • A dozen additional Listening Guides, with an emphasis on contemporary popular music
    • Over 100 new full-color images
    • Updated teacher and student resources on the book’s companion website
    • Expanded content throughout, highlighting the social, cultural, and technological changes since publication of the previous edition

    The culmination of thirty years of experimentation in the music appreciation classroom, this third edition of Music: A Social Experience continues to empower lifelong musical learning by engaging students and readers on their own terms.

    MUSIC FUNDAMENTALS / Chapter 1: Musical Foundations / Chapter 2: Listening to Music / Chapter 3: Four Listening Examples / MUSICAL IDENTITIES / Chapter 4: Music and the Life Cycle / Chapter 5: Black American Music / Chapter 6: Music and Gender and Sexuality / Chapter 7: Music and Spirituality / MUSICAL INTERSECTIONS / Chapter 8: Music and Politics / Chapter 9: Music and War / Chapter 10: Music and Love / MUSICAL NARRATIVES / Chapter 11: American Musical Theater / Chapter 12: Music and Film / Chapter 13: Music and Dance / Chapter 14: Music in the Concert Setting / Chapter 15: Music and Technology


    Steven Cornelius is Senior Lecturer at University of Massachusetts Boston.

    Mary Natvig is Professor of Music History at Bowling Green State University.