Music Listening Today

Music Listening Today

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Now available in a Compact Second Edition, Charles Hoffer's best-selling MUSIC LISTENING TODAY teaches students to enjoy all types of music--taking them beyond superficial listening while developing their knowledge of musical styles, forms, and genres. This affordable, brief, chronological survey of music begins with a chapter that emphasizes the reasons for learning about music. The chapter also offers suggestions for improving listening skills and using the 89 "Listening Guides" presented throughout the text.

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Nov 06, 2017

A good many chapters fill this book and disc kit. The writing a bit dry, but the end of chapter sections with a grey box about a piece of music that exemplifies a type or style of music are really great. Unfortunately, the kit I borrowed had only two discs (there are a further four that would cover the material in the book), useful for only the first quarter or so of the book. The book's coverage is definitely not politically correct: its very European and Western in its emphasis, with token mentions of musical traditions outside of it. I suppose if it were four times longer, for global coverage, and with, say, thirty discs, one would have a comprehensive introduction to humans' musical traditions.

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