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2nd Edition

Music: A Social Experience

ISBN 9780415789332
Published August 9, 2018 by Routledge
360 Pages 157 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

By taking a thematic approach to the study of music appreciation, Music: A Social Experience, Second 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.

New to this edition:

  • Two additional chapters: "Music and the Life Cycle" and "Music and Technology"
  • Essay questions and "key terms" lists at the ends of chapters
  • Additional repertoire and listening guides covering all historical periods of Western art music
  • Expanded instructors’ resources
  • Many additional images
  • Updated student web materials
Visit the companion website:

Table of Contents

Music Fundamentals

Chapter 1: Experiencing Music

Chapter 2: Listening to Music

Chapter 3: Three Listening Examples

Musical Identities

Chapter 4: Music and the Life Cycle

Chapter 5: Music and Ethnicity

Chapter 6: Music and Gender

Chapter 7: Music and Spirituality

Musical Intersections

Chapter 8: Music and Nation

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 and Concert

Chapter 15: Music and Technology

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Steven Cornelius is Lecturer in Music at University of Massachusetts Boston.

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