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Ethnomusicologists believe that all humans, not just those we call musicians, are musical, and that musicality is one of the essential touchstones of the human experience. This insight raises big questions about the nature of music and the nature of humankind, and ethnomusicologists argue that to properly address these questions, we must study music in all its geographical and historical diversity.
In this Very Short Introduction, one of the foremost ethnomusicologists, Timothy Rice, offers a compact and illuminating account of this growing discipline, showing how modern researchers go about studying music from around the world, looking for insights into both music and humanity. The reader discovers that ethnomusicologists today not only examine traditional forms of music-such as Japanese gagaku, Bulgarian folk music, Javanese gamelan, or Native American drumming and singing-but also explore more contemporary musical forms, from rap and reggae to Tex-Mex, Serbian turbofolk, and even the piped-in music at the Mall of America. To investigate these diverse musical forms, Rice shows, ethnomusicologists typically live in a community, participate in and observe and record musical events, interview the musicians, their patrons, and the audience, and learn to sing, play, and dance. It's important to establish rapport with musicians and community members, and obtain the permission of those they will work with closely over the course of many months and years. We see how the researcher analyzes the data to understand how a particular musical tradition works, what is distinctive about it, and how it bears the personal, social, and cultural meanings attributed to it. Rice also discusses how researchers may apply theories from anthropology and other social sciences, to shed further light on the nature of music as a human behavior and cultural practice.
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Music And Movement
This core text is written for Early Childhood Education courses in Music and Movement, and the Creative Arts and Expression.
By balancing research coverage and theory with applied practice, this best-selling text covers the most current and comprehensive of topics while encouraging teachers to not only inspire young children to move with music, but be inspired themselves.
The seventh edition presents a comprehensive and up-to-date survey of professional research while continuing to provide links between theory and practice. Edwards encourages teachers and caregivers to attend to the importance of research and contemporary thought regarding music and movement education. At the same time, the narrative frames theoretical ideas in meaningful ways for the adult who has chosen teaching as a profession. The songs, ideas, suggestions, and music and movement concepts included are time-tested. Parents, teachers, student teachers, caregivers, and students have aided in compiling and assessing the contents of this edition. Musical concepts and activities appropriate for each age and grade level have been included to accompany some of the songs and rhythms. Movement and dance concepts are also presented in age-specific content.
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