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In the fall of 2015, a collection of faculty at liberal arts colleges began a conversation about the challenges we faced as instructors: Why were there so few course materials accessible to undergraduates and lay readers that reflected current scholarly debate? How can we convey the relevance of studying music history to current and future generations of students? And how might we represent and reflect the myriad, often conflicting perspectives, positions, and identities that make up both music’s history and the writers of history?

Here we offer one response to those questions. Open Access Musicology is a collection of essays, written in an accessible style and with a focus on modes of inquiry rather than content coverage. Our authors draw from their experience as scholars but also as teachers. They have been asked to describe why they became musicologists in the first place and how their individual paths led to the topics they explore and the questions they pose. Like most scholarly literature, the essays have all been reviewed by experts in the field. Unlike all scholarly literature, the essays have also been reviewed by students at a variety of institutions for clarity and relevance.

These essays are intended for undergraduates, graduate students, and interested readers without any particular expertise. They can be incorporated into courses on a range of topics as standalone readings or used to supplement textbooks. The topics introduce and explore a variety of subjects, practices, and methods but, above all, seek to stimulate classroom discussion on music history’s relevance to performers, listeners, and citizens.

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  1. Title page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Member Institution Acknowledgments
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  1. Preface
  2. Daniel Barolsky (Editor) and Louis Epstein (Associate Editor)
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Daniel Barolsky, Editor and Louis Epstein, Associate Editor
  3. pp. ix-x
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  1. Cracking the Code: What Notation Can Tell Us About Our Musical Values
  2. S. Andrew Granade
  3. pp. 1-30
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  1. Ancient Mesopotamian Music, the Politics of Reconstruction, and Extreme Early Music
  2. Samuel Dorf
  3. pp. 31-60
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  1. An Intermedia Approach to Seventeenth-Century English Popular Song Culture
  2. Sarah F. Williams
  3. pp. 61-84
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  1. Instrumental Music in Early Seventeenth-Century Italy: Instruments as Vehicles of Discovery
  2. Rebecca Cypess
  3. pp. 85-104
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  1. MacDowell's Vanishing Indians
  2. Dan Blim
  3. pp. 105-130
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  1. Jenny Lind and the Making of Mainstream American Popular Music
  2. Julia Chybowski
  3. pp. 131-150
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  1. Listening to Music History
  2. Nathan C. Bakkum
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ISBN
9781643150222
Related ISBN(s)
9781643150215
MARC Record
OCLC
1281934154
Launched on MUSE
2021-11-03
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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