3rd Edition

World Music CONCISE A Global Journey

By Terry E. Miller, Andrew Shahriari Copyright 2023
    368 Pages 225 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    368 Pages 225 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    World Music CONCISE: A Global Journey, Third Edition, explores the diversity of musical expression around the world, taking students across the globe to experience cultural traditions that challenge the ear, the mind, and the spirit. Based on the Fifth Edition of World Music: A Global Journey, this Third CONCISE Edition maintains the text’s familiar travel theme and strong pedagogical framework to serve as an introduction to the many and varied world music traditions, condensing the number of travel "sites" from 69 to 44. These sites are carefully selected from the existing compilation to be representative of all continents and regions.


    • Easy-to-follow chapter structure, organized by geographic region
    • Listening Guides, detailed maps, and hundreds of colorful photos
    • Coverage of an eclectic blend of world musics, including both popular and traditional music
    • A robust companion website with audio examples, flashcards, quizzes, and video links—ideal for online coursework

    Used in classrooms around the globe, World Music: A Global Journey is an internationally acclaimed and best-selling textbook with a student-friendly approach. This Third CONCISE Edition is a fundamental resource for exploring world music and culture.

    1 Before the Trip Begins: Fundamental Issues; 2 Aural Analysis: Listening to the World’s Musics; 3 Cultural Considerations: Beyond the Sounds Themselves; 4 Oceania: Australia, Hawai’i; 5 South Asia: India, Pakistan; 6 Southeast Asia: Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Northeast Thailand, Indonesia (Java and Bali); 7 East Asia: China, Mongolia, Japan, Tibet; 8 The Middle East: Islam and the Arab World, Iran, Egypt, Israel; 9 Europe: Spain, Russia, Scotland, Ireland, Georgia; 10 Sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana, Zimbabwe, Senegal, South Africa; 11 The Caribbean: Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba; 12 South America and Mexico: Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico; 13 North America: Canada and the United States


    Terry E. Miller is Professor Emeritus of Ethnomusicology at Kent State University and specializes in the musics of Thailand and Laos. He co-edited the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music volume on Southeast Asia.

    Andrew Shahriari is Professor of Ethnomusicology at Kent State University, as well as Coordinator of Online Courses and Graduate Studies in the School of Music. He is author of Popular World Music, Second Edition, also by Routledge.