Music Taste or Waste: Critical Listening Skills for Students, Teachers, and Parents
Author(s): Stan L Breckenridge
The catalyst for Music Taste or Waste: Critical Listening Skills for Students, Teachers, and Parents resulted from many discussions with parents, teachers, and students, and others about their paucity of knowledge regarding today’s popular music scene as well as music in general. The spirit of this book does not seek to suggest any music is wasteful, but rather encourages readers to use music terminology as a way to draw conclusions about whatever music they hear. To accomplish this, the book consists of seven chapters that are organized in the following manner:
- Chapter One address the meaning of music by speaking about its substance, functionality, and quality or character.
- Chapters Two – Seven focus on music’s analytical parameters such as melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics, instrumentation, timbre, texture, form, and performance practices.
Students will find this book useful because. . .
- It offers an introduction to music’s principal elements without any music training.
- It will strengthen his or her ability to apply learned skills to all genres and styles of music.
- Individuals who delight in staying abreast of current styles and music trends will not be disappointed with this book’s practical approach to learning how to understand and/or appreciate any music.
- Whether a student of classical, jazz, folk, country, or popular music, it focuses on music elements as analytical parameters for understanding music.
Teachers will find this book useful because. . .
- Music is a didactic methodology as well as a pedagogical paradigm for developing discipline through the process of acquiring skills, application of these skills, and performance (i.e., articulation).
- Whether for mathematics, science, language, reading and writing, the arts, social sciences, and so on, acquiring and using practical listening skills in music can help to strengthen, through its disciplined processes, one’s ability and confidence in achieving many goals.
- It allows him or her to stay abreast with understanding current music styles and types.
- It enhances his or her personal knowledge and skill where music is concerned.
Parents will find this book useful because. . .
- It lends a hand at knowing, by analyses, the inner substance, musically and lyrically, in a child’s music choices.
- With the continued diminishing of music education in public schools, young students grow up with undeveloped critical listening skills. Therefore, it provides parents with the needed tools to help nurture their children’s development of critical listening skills.
- It provides a way to listen to their children’s music objectively.
- It may open a line of communication with their children to explore music’s many appealing and fascinating aspects.
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About the Author
List of Song Navigators
Why Should We Seek to Better Understand Music?
Who Will Benefit From This Book?
How to Use This Book?
CHAPTER ONE: THE NATURE OF MUSIC
¿Qual Es Musicum? (What Is Music?)
Music in Antiquity
Categories of Music—Definitions
CHAPTER TWO: MELODY, HARMONY, AND RHYTHM
CHAPTER THREE: DYNAMICS
CHAPTER FOUR: INSTRUMENTATION AND TIMBRE
CHAPTER FIVE: TEXTURE
CHAPTER SIX: FORM
Specific Harmonic/Chord Progressions
12-Bar Blues Progression
AAB Lyric Song Form
I–vi–ii–V Chord Progression
32-Bar Form (AABA)
Theme and Variations
CHAPTER SEVEN: PERFORMANCE PRACTICES
Performance Practices Related to Melody (Chapter 2)
Performance Practices Related to Harmony (Chapter 2)
Performance Practices Related to Rhythm (Chapter 2)
Performance Practices Related to Dynamics (Chapter 3)
Performance Practices Related to Instrumentation and Timbre (Chapter 4)
Performance Practices Related to Texture (Chapter 5)
Performance Practices Related to Form (Chapter 6)