Thinking Musically Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

ISBN-10: 0195136640

ISBN-13: 9780195136647

Edition: 2003

Authors: Bonnie C. Wade

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Thinking Musically is the central volume in the Global Music Series. Designed for undergraduates and general readers with little or no background in music, it incorporates music from many diverse cultures--including the Americas, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Europe--and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure--covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present--and comes with an audio CD of musical examples discussed in the text. The case studies can be used in any combination with Thinking Musically to provide a rich exploration of world musical cultures. Visit for a list of case studies in the series. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each study. Thinking Musically discusses the importance of musical instruments, describing their significance in a culture's folklore, religion, and history. It explores fundamental elements of music--including rhythm, pitch in melodic and harmonic relationships, and form--and examines how they vary in different musical traditions. The text considers the effects of cultural influences such as gender and ethnicity on the perception, interpretation, and performance of music. It also looks at how the forces of nationalism, acculturation, and westernization can affect musical traditions. Many of the musical examples are coordinated with material in the case studies. Thinking Musically includes activities designed to build critical listening and individual study skills and is packaged with an 80-minute CD that features selections from a wide variety of musical cultures. Also available: Thinking Musically and Teaching Music Globally Package (2 books + CD; ISBN 0-19-517143-8) Thinking Musically is also available in a package with Teaching Music Globally, by Patricia Shehan Campbell, a second framing volume in the Global Music Series. Essential for anyone teaching beginning students about the world's musical cultures, Teaching Music Globally describes pedagogical techniques for classes from K-12 to university level and offers a wealth of learning experiences.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/18/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Bonnie Wade earned her B.Mus. from Boston University in 1963, her M.A. in ethnomusicology from UCLA in 1967, and her PhD in ethnomusicology from UCLA in 1971. She taught at Brown University until 1975, when she moved to to the University of California Berkeley, where she is professor of music.  

CD Track List
Thinking about Music
Music Makers
In Terms of Sound
Calling Something "Music"
Musical Values
Music and Textual Meaning
Music as Text
Oral and Aural Transmision
Written Transmission
Thinking about Instruments
Instruments as Objects
Ideas about Types of Instruments
Ideas about Particular Instruments
Spiritual Associations
Associations of Gender and Sexuality
Cultural Status
Aesthetic Value
Item of Technology
Timbre and Aesthetics of Sound
Instruments in Music
Instrumental Capacity
Ideas about Ensemble
Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Sound Ideals
Musical Roles
Thinking about Time
Irregular Durations
Rhythm for the Text Alone
Organizing Time into Units
Duple and Triple Meters
Simple and Compound Meters
Additive Meters
South Indian Tala
Southeast Asian Colotomic Structure
North Indian Tala
Middle Eastern Rhythmic Modes
Korean Changdan
African Polyrhythm
Music in the African Diaspora
Thinking about Pitch
Pitch Names
Setting the Pitch
Who Sets the Pitch
Pitch Placement
Thinking Horizontally
Naming Intervals
The Chromatic Scale
Diatonic Scales
The "Oriental" Scale
Number of Pitches in an Octave
Pitch Functions
Thinking Vertically
Tone Clusters
Naming Vertical Intervals
Dissonance and Consonance
Functional Harmony
Thinking Horizontally and Vertically
Performing One Melody
Solo and in Unison
Interlocking Parts
Performing One Melody with Another Part
Melody and Drone
Performing Multiple Melodies
Melody and Ostinato
Thinking about Structure
Improvising and Composing
Putting Something Significant First
North Indian Instrumental Form
Sonata Form
Telling the Story
Music for the Moment
Contrasting Instrumentation
Through-composed Music
Strophic Form
Responding to the Context
Expectation for Audience-Performer Interaction
The Need for Intra-ensemble Interaction
The Ritual Context
A Series of Changdan
Call and Response
Music and Movement
Coming to the end
Aesthetic choice and intellectual play
Contrasting Rhythmic Modes
Contrasting Melodic Modes
Social Values
Thinking about Issues
Music and Culture Contact
A Focus on Influences
A Focus on Boundaries
The National Community
Other Groups
Transcending Boundaries
The Mass Media
The Local
Thinking about Fieldwork
Picking a Project
Planning the Project
Doing the Project
Finishing the Project
Glossary of Musical Terms
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