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  • Title: Understanding Music: Past and Present
  • Author/Editor(s) N. Alan Clark (Author), Thomas Heflin (Author), Jeffrey Kluball (Author)
  • Publisher: University System of Georgia (USG); eBook (Creative Commons Licensed)
  • License(s): CC BY-SA 4.0
  • Hardcover/Paperback: 316 pages
  • eBook: HTML and PDF
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940771331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940771335
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Book Description

The benefits of music in our lives are increasingly acknowledged by researchers and scientist. As human beings, we have taken the existence of music for granted and rarely think critically about music and its purpose. Perhaps for this reason, such critical thinking about music is sometimes perceived as difficult.

Understanding Music: Past and Present is an open Music Appreciation textbook co-authored by music faculty across Georgia. The text covers the fundamentals of music and the physics of sound, an exploration of music from the Middle Ages to the present day, and a final chapter on popular music in the United States.

This book creates a roadmap from some of the earliest known origins of music to modern day. This linear approach allows the reader to trace the history and evolution of music through the ages. It is designed to grow the reader's appreciation of music through improved understanding and listening skills, allowing the reader to develop his or her own informed opinions and express them.

About the Authors
  • Pamela Sachant, University of North Georgia
  • Peggy Blood, Savannah State University
  • Jeffery LeMieux, College of Coastal Georgia
  • Rita Tekippe, University of West Georgia
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