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A Concise and Friendly Guide to Music History 3rd Edition

Sheryl K. Murphy-Manley, Ph.D.

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The text presents a concise list of composers and famous music literature from the various periods of music history. Additionally, the text contains explanations of musical forms, genres, and musical styles from all periods. The third edition text include discussion of jazz history and world music.

Sheryl K. Murphy-Manley, Ph.D.,

Sheryl K. Murphy-Manley earned a Bachelor of Music Education and Masters of Music in Conducting from Sam Houston State University. In 1996, she earned her Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Texas at Austin where she taught in the undergraduate music department for four years as an Assistant Instructor and in the Continuing Education Program for ten years as a lecturer. In addition to her choral conducting, she also has a background in instrumental music and has taught studio flute for 15 years. She is a contributor to the newest edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, edited by Stanley Sadie, and has written three articles (¿Alessandro Scarlatti,¿ ¿Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,¿ and ¿Johann Adolf Hasse¿) for the Reader¿s Guide to Music: History, Theory, and Criticism, edited by Murray
  • This book contains an extensive list of composers, including their dates and primary accomplishments. It is a quick reference that is useful for musicians, students, and educators. General information that is most often needed quickly by musicians can all be found easily in this one concise book.
  • Musical styles and forms are presented and explained in a clear and easy-to-understand manner. Rather than reading through difficult explanations of musical terminology, the reader can readily find easy-to-understand definitions and descriptions of musical forms, genres, styles, and terminology.
  • The book includes a discussion of each musical time period and its treatment of the musical elements (melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, etc). This information is presented in a summary manner so that the reader can quickly grasp the sort of music and its style that was common in each of the time periods.
  • The second edition includes a brief survey of some of the world's music cultures outside of the traditionally studied Western Cultures. Today, students and teachers alike are required to have general knowledge of non-Western music. Chapter 5 of this book presents the reader with a general survey of some of the most popular world-music cultures that are studied in education today.
  • The new second edition includes a summary section on jazz and related styles. Educators and students are often required to know basic information about the Blues, jazz, and related styles. This book offers a quick and useful summary.
  • An index of terms and composers has been added. The index facilitates quick access to the information in the book.

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