Crossroads: The Music of American Cultures by Elizabeth F. Barkley is a digital, interactive textbook designed for today’s more diverse students to promote active and engaged learning. Requiring no prior music knowledge, it traces the development of genres such as jazz, blues, Gospel, Cajun, Zydeco, Tejano, Banda, salsa, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Motown, Soul, Funk, Urban Folk, Country, Reggae, Hip Hop and Rap from their origins in immigrant traditions to their development into uniquely American musics that have gone on to impact the world.
Crossroads: The Music of American Cultures explores these genres’ history, structural characteristics, stylistic categories, and key musicians using 400 carefully selected listening examples from the extensive Napster/Rhapsody digital library of more than ten million selections.
Crossroads: The Music of American Cultures:
- Is an interactive, visually-appealing package that promotes active learning and greater retention by presenting material ‘chunked’ rather than linear like traditional print textbooks.
- Integrates 400 listening examples including Grammy Award winners.
- Features seven components for each chapter, including Preview Questions, Chapter Narrative, Music Listening Guide, Review Flashcards, Chapter Quizzes, Discussion Forum, and Reflection Questions.
- Includes Supplementary Student Materials such as Chapter-Specific Student Learning Outcomes, Chart of Additional Resources, and Student-to-Student Tips.
PART I: PREPARING FOR THE TRIP
Chapter 1 Understanding and Remembering the Journey
Chapter 2 Music in Multicultural America
Chapter 3 Developing a Basic Music Vocabulary
PART II: THE JOURNEYS BEGIN
Chapter 4 Native American Music Traditions
Chapter 5 The Roots of European American Music Traditions
Chapter 6 The Roots of African-American Music Traditions
Chapter 7 The Roots of Hispanic Music Traditions
Chapter 8 The Roots of Asian American Traditions
PART III: ENCOUNTERS AT THE CROSSROADS
Chapter 9 Blues
Chapter 10 Jazz
Chapter 11 Gospel
Chapter 12 Cajun and Zydeco
Chapter 13 Country
Chapter 14 Urban Folk Revival
PART IV: EXCURSIONS IN NEW DIRECTIONS
Chapter 15 The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll
Chapter 16 Motown, Soul and Funk
Chapter 17 Caribbean and Salsa
Chapter 18 Contemporary Mexican
Chapter 19 Hip-Hop and Rap
Chapter 20 Into the Future