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Music Listening Today, Cengage Advantage Edition 5th Edition

Charles Hoffer

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2012, 2009, 2005
  • 432 Pages


Charles Hoffer's MUSIC LISTENING TODAY: ADVANTAGE EDITION, 5th Edition 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. The text 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 in the text. A comprehensive, optional set of CourseMate resources--featuring Active Listening Guides for all pieces in the book, music downloads, an interactive eBook, and more--provides students with the tools they need to excel in your course. A 2-CD set covers the selections that you are most likely to use within the classroom, and is included with the print book at no additional charge; an optional 4-CD set completes the set of music selections mentioned in the book. All musical selections are also available online in streaming form and as downloads as part of the optional set of CourseMate resources (separate Sony Music Download Card is required for the 4-CD download option). Other CourseMate tools provide access to a complete, interactive eBook, the Engagement Tracker online instructor gradebook, 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 include a choral work by the SOWETO Gospel Choir from South Africa, Beethoven's "Pathetique" Sonata, the first movement of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, Bernard Hermann's music from "Psycho," and Crumb's "Ancient Voices of Children."
  • 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 options make 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 eight 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 the date of the 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 the commentary. Listening Guide descriptions have been made even easier for students with no musical training.
  • Special charts that describe the features of a period's music appear in the last chapter for each part that covers music history. The charts also summarize the major changes in the elements of music during the period.
  • Glossary terms are boldfaced in the text to underscore their importance while students read and study.
  • Active Listening Guides on the CourseMate learning environment 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. Additional tools on CourseMate provide live access to biographical sketches, musical terms, interactive "Practice Listening Quizzes," and links to related websites.
  • Every print copy of this text includes a 2-CD set at no additional cost. The set contains a complete core listening program of 32 selections that are incorporated throughout the text. All music is available in streaming form within the optional CourseMate learning environment.
  • Forty-three concise chapters, each of which can be read in one sitting, provide instructors with the flexibility to tailor the course to suit the needs of a wide variety of students.
  • Margin notes--as many as five or six 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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engage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero is a flexible, online system that allows you to: author, edit, and manage test bank content from multiple Cengage Learning solutions, create multiple test versions in an instant and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom or wherever you want Start right away! Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero works on any operating system or browser. No special installs or downloads needed. Create tests from school, home, the coffee shop – anywhere with Internet access What will you find? Simplicity at every step. A desktop-inspired interface features drop-down menus and familiar, intuitive tools that take you through content creation and management with ease. Full-featured test generator. Create ideal assessments with your choice of 15 question types (including true/false, multiple choice, opinion scale/likert, and essay). Multi-language support, an equation editor and unlimited metadata help ensure your tests are complete and compliant. Cross-compatible capability. Import and export content into other systems.

4-CD Set

ISBN: 9781285840437
This set of CDs provides recordings of the 59 additional pieces not included on the 2-CD set/Music Download Card automatically packaged with the text.

CourseMate with MindTap Active Listening Guides, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781285840420
Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study tools, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Use the Engagement Tracker to monitor student engagement in the course and watch student comprehension soar as your class works with the printed textbook and the textbook-specific website. An interactive eBook allows students to take notes, highlight, search, and interact with text-specific embedded media. Resources include Active Listening Guides, streaming music, optional music downloads (Sony Music Download Card required, available separately), quizzes, and more.

PowerLecture™ DVD

ISBN: 9781133316442
The perfect assistant to your course, this DVD includes customizable PowerPoint® slides, listening questions, and the ExamView® Testing System, which makes it easy to create your own tests. Although initially created for MUSIC LISTENING TODAY, Comprehensive 5th Edition, the DVD is also ideal for this Advantage Edition because the content of the two textbooks is the same.


4-CD Set

ISBN: 9781285840437
This set of CDs provides recordings of the 59 additional pieces not included on the 2-CD set/Music Download Card automatically packaged with the text.

CourseMate with MindTap® Active Listening Guides, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access

ISBN: 9781285840420
The more you study, the better the results. Make the most of your study time by accessing everything you need to succeed in one place. Open the interactive eBook, take notes and practice quizzes, download musical selections to your MP3 player or phone (Sony Music Download Card required, available separately), access streaming music, and use the integrated audio and visual environment within the Active Listening Guides to gain a deeper understanding of the musical concepts presented in the chapters.