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Charles Hoffer's best-selling MUSIC LISTENING TODAY is a brief, approachable, modular, and complete course solution that develops students' listening skills, providing them with the framework they need to understand and appreciate different styles, forms, and genres of music. A comprehensive, optional set of online resources -- featuring Active Listening Guides, music downloads, an interactive eBook, and more -- provides students with the tools they need to excel in your course. MUSIC LISTENING TODAY includes discussions of dozens of familiar and lesser-known musical selections, all carefully chosen for their "teachability". Students have several options for obtaining recordings of the music covered within the text. A two-CD set covers the selections that you are most likely to use within the classroom, and is included in the book at no additional charge; an optional 4-CD package completes the set of music selections that is mentioned within the book. All musical selections are also available online in streaming form and as downloads, within the optional set of CourseMate resources. Online Active Listening Guides -- available for all pieces in the book -- teach listening skills via highly-visual, graphical representations of the music's progression, accompanied by examples and commentary. Other web tools provide access to an complete, interactive eBook, an Engagement Tracker, biographical sketches, musical terms, interactive quizzes, links to related websites, and more.

Charles Hoffer, University of Florida, Gainesville

Charles Hoffer is Professor of Music at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He formerly taught at Indiana University, served as president of the Music Educators National Conference, and is an established author of books and articles about music.
  • NEW "Listening Practice" questions in each chapter help students to develop their listening skills and prepare for exams.
  • NEW Musical works covered, including a choral work by the SOWETO Gospel Choir from South Africa, Beethoven's "Pathetique" Sonata, the first movement of Bach's Branderburg Concerto No. 5, Bernard Hermann's music from "Psycho," Crumb's "Ancient Voices of Children," and a contemporary work from China that combines elements of both old and new Chinese music.
  • NEW Active Listening Guides within the optional online environment have been updated to include more information and to provide a better overall learning experience, increasing their effectiveness as an interactive study tool.
  • NEW downloadable music option makes it easier than ever for students to load music onto their MP3 players and cell phones.
  • Historical timelines, placed at the beginning of each of the book's 8 parts and richly illustrated with period art, enable students to place the chronology of music within its cultural and historical contexts.
  • Listening Guide headings provide date of work, as well as reminders about such elements as genre, form, medium, and tempo. Listening Guide timings are easy to follow, with track numbers and track-by-track times (as on CD players) immediately adjacent to commentary and Listening Guide descriptions have been made even easier for students with no musical training.
  • Special charts, describing the features of a period's music, appear in the last chapter for each part that covers music history, summarizing the major changes in the elements of music during each period.
  • Glossary terms are boldfaced in the text, to underscore their importance while students are reading and studying.
  • Downloadable Active Listening Guides provide visual representations of the progression of each work, all perfectly synchronized with the music. As an arrow moves along the work, musical examples and commentary appear at just the right moment. Replaying any section of the work is as easy as a click of the mouse. These tools also give students live access to biographical sketches, musical terms, interactive "Practice Listening Quizzes," and links to related websites.
  • Every copy of this text includes two free audio CDs at no additional cost. These include a complete core listening program of 32 selections that covers the entire text. Music downloads and streaming music are available within the optional CourseMate learning environment.
  • 43 concise chapters provide instructors with the flexibility to tailor the course to suit the needs of a wide variety of students and can be read in one sitting.
  • Margin notes -- as many as 5 or 6 per page -- help to accelerate student comprehension.
  • The book offers coverage of popular music as well as a substantial sample of music from different cultures around the world.
  • Short composer biographies and informational boxes offer cultural and social background that enriches the musical selections.
1. Music Listening and You.
2. Rhythm.
3. Melody and Harmony.
4. Dynamics, Timbre, and Organization.
5. Orchestral Instruments.
6. Other Musical Instruments.
7. Early Western Music, 500 B.C.-A.D. 1200.
8. Late Medieval Music, 1100-1450.
9. Renaissance Music, 1450-1600.
Part III: BAROQUE MUSIC, 1600-1750 .
10. The Baroque Period.
11. Oratorio and Cantata.
12. Opera in the Baroque.
13. Baroque Instrumental Music: Suite and Sonata.
14. Baroque Instrumental Music: Concerto and Fugue.
Part IV: CLASSICAL MUSIC, 1750-1820.
15. Classicism and Classical Music.
16. Sonata Form.
17. The Concerto.
18. Classical Opera.
19. Chamber Music.
20. Piano Sonatas.
21. The Symphony and Beethoven.
Part V: ROMANTIC MUSIC, 1820-1900.
22. Romance and Romanticism.
23. Early Romantic Music.
24. Romantic Piano Music.
25. Program and Ballet Music.
26. Romantic Opera.
27. Romantic Instrumental Music.
28. Nationalism.
29. Music in the Twentieth Century and the Future.
30. Impressionism and Post-Romanticism.
31. The Mainstream.
32. Primitivism and Expressionism.
33. Neoclassicism and Tone Row Music.
34. Concert Music in the United States.
35. New Sounds and New Techniques.
36. Early American Music.
37. Popular Music and Jazz Before 1950.
38. Popular Music Since 1950.
39. Music for Stage and Film.
40. Folk and Ethnic Music.
41. Folk Music of Europe and the Americas.
42. Music of Africa and the Middle East.
43. Music of Asia.

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