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An Introduction to Music Studies

J. P. E. Harper-Scott, Jim Samson, Rachel Beckles Willson, Katharine Ellis, John Rink, Andrew Bowie, Henry Stobart, Stephen Rose, David Charlton, Erik Levi, Elizabeth Eva Leach, Julie Brown, Tina K. Ramnarine, Julian Johnson, Brian Lock, Nicholas Cook
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  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521603805


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  • Why study music? How much practical use is it in the modern world? This introduction proves how studying music is of great value both in its own terms and also in the post-university careers marketplace. The book explains the basic concepts and issues involved in the academic study of music, draws attention to vital connections across the field and encourages critical thinking over a broad range of music-related issues. • Covers all main aspects of music studies, including topics such as composition, opera, popular music, and music theory • Provides a thorough overview of a hugely diverse subject, from the history of early music to careers in music technology, giving a head-start on the areas to be covered on a music degree • New to 'neume'? Need a reminder about 'ripping'? - glossaries give clear definitions of key musical terms • Chapters are carefully structured and organized enabling easy and quick location of the information needed

    • Outlines the major benefits of studying music at degree level and covers the diverse approaches and topics a music student can expect to encounter on their course
    • Glossaries provide clear definitions of key terms in music studies
    • Textboxes contain concise summaries of essential information and present illustrative case studies to clarify important themes
    • The RHUL Music Department has been ranked as the No. 1 Music department in the country (and joint No. 2 department of any kind, including sciences, in the whole country)
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    'We can confidently say that when music students are unsure about their pathways between Western or non-Western music or high art or popular culture, acoustic composition or music technology, this book could guide them into making the right decision. … Given that various options of studying music have been suggested in this volume, we simply cannot think of any better way to inspire the younger generation than to read An Introduction to Music Studies! … helpful for music academics, if or when they become unsure about their lecturing and/or tutoring strategies. … this book is the best way to learn the viewpoints of internationally renowned authors on various aspects of music studies. … We highly recommend An Introduction to Music Studies as a crucial item for music students and music academics to buy and that it should be essential stock in libraries of the universities and conservatoires.' Academici

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521603805
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Features of this book: a guide
    Introduction J. P. E. Harper-Scott
    Part I. Disciplines:
    1. Music history Jim Samson
    2. Music theory and analysis Rachel Beckles Willson
    3. The sociology of music Katharine Ellis
    4. The psychology of music John Rink
    5. Music aesthetics and critical theory Andrew Bowie
    Part II. Approaches to Repertoire:
    6. World musics Henry Stobart
    7. Early music Stephen Rose
    8. Opera David Charlton
    9. Concert music Erik Levi
    10. Jazz Andrew Bowie
    11. Popular music Elizabeth Eva Leach
    12. Music in film and television Julie Brown
    Part III. Music in Practice:
    13. Musical performance Tina K. Ramnarine
    14. Composition Julian Johnson
    15. Music technology Brian Lock
    16. The economics and business of music Nicholas Cook.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Appreciation of Music
    • Commercial Music/Careers in Music
    • Elementary Music Methods
    • Enjoyment of Music
    • Experiencing Music
    • Exploring Music
    • Freshman Class Voice
    • Great Musical Masterworks
    • Intro to Methodology and Bibliography
    • Intro to Music Literature
    • Intro to Music Studies
    • Introductin to Music
    • Introduction to Music
    • Introduction to Music ll
    • Introduction to Musical Studies
    • Introduction to Teaching
    • Introduction to the Study of Music
    • Introduction. to Music Education
    • Liberal Arts Foundations for the Musician
    • Listening and Music Enjoyment
    • Listening to Musics of the World
    • Music Appreciation
    • Music Appreciation ; American Music
    • Music Appreciation; Music Theory
    • Music History I & ll
    • Music Literature and History ll
    • Music Seminar
    • Music Theory I
    • Music as Social Experience
    • Music in Society
    • Music in Your Life
    • Perspectives in Music
    • Profession of Music
    • Psychology of Music
    • Ranger Connection
    • Sound and Score
    • Twentieth-Century Music
    • Your Career in Music
  • Editors

    J. P. E. Harper-Scott
    J. P. E. Harper-Scott is Lecturer in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London.

    Jim Samson, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Jim Samson is Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London.


    J. P. E. Harper-Scott, Jim Samson, Rachel Beckles Willson, Katharine Ellis, John Rink, Andrew Bowie, Henry Stobart, Stephen Rose, David Charlton, Erik Levi, Elizabeth Eva Leach, Julie Brown, Tina K. Ramnarine, Julian Johnson, Brian Lock, Nicholas Cook

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