What in the World is Music? is an undergraduate, interactive e-textbook that incorporates more than 300 video and audio links to music from around the world. The text investigates the nature and meaning of music as a universal human practice, while providing students with strong points of connection to the ways it affects their own lives. Merging the study of Western music tradition along with the ethnomusicological approach to non-Western music, and with a range of examples from both, What in the World is Music? explores how humans organize and experience sound, and the contexts in which music takes place.
What in the World is Music? is set within a thematic framework that highlights similarities across cultures and examines shared musical practices.
This Routledge interactive textbook package, 978-1-138-79025-4, includes a printed book to supplement the online e-text, which is also available as a stand-alone under ISBN 978-1-315-76430-6.
Please view this informercial video, featuring the authors: https://www.routledgetextbooks.com/textbooks/9781138790254/infomercial.php
Introduction Part 1: The Foundations of Music 1. What Is Music? 2. What Is Music Made Of? 3. Where Does Music Come From? The Origins of Music 4. What Is Music For? The Functions of Music Part 2: Music and Identity 5. Music and Individual Identity 6. Music and Group Identity 7. Music and Hybrid Identity 8. Music and Oppositional Identity Part 3: Music and the Sacred 9. Sacred Chant and Sacred Song 10. Sacred Embodiment and Sacred Enactment 11. Sacred Space and Sacred Time Part 4: Music and Social Life 12. Bardic Traditions 13. Musical Theater and Film 14. Music in Public Spaces