Understanding Music

Past and Present

by N. Alan ClarkThomas HeflinJeffrey KluballElizabeth Kramer

The benefits of music in our lives are increasingly acknowledged by researchers and scientist. As human beings, we have taken the existence of music for granted and rarely think critically about music and its purpose. Perhaps for this reason, such critical thinking about music is sometimes perceived as difficult.

Understanding Music: Past and Present creates a roadmap from some of the earliest known origins of music to modern day. This linear approach allows the reader to trace the history and evolution of music through the ages. Understanding Music: Past and Present is designed to grow the reader’s appreciation of music through improved understanding and listening skills, allowing the reader to develop his or her own informed opinions and express them.

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  • original publisher
    University of North Georgia Press
  • original publisher place
    Dahlonega, GA
  • publisher
    University System of Georgia
  • publisher place
    Athens, GA