Music Taste or Waste: Critical Listening Skills for Students, Teachers, and Parents

Author(s): Stan L Breckenridge

Edition: 3

Copyright: 2018

Pages: 136

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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?

Playlist One
¿Qual Es Musicum? (What Is Music?)
Music in Antiquity
Categories of Music—Definitions

Playlist Two

Playlist Three
Dynamics: Volume
Dynamics: Tempo
Dynamics: Articulation

Playlist Four
Instrument Classifications
Rhythm Section

Playlist Five
Closing Remarks

Playlist Six
Overall Structure
Verse 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

Playlist Seven
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)


Stan L Breckenridge

Stan Breckenridge is an academician, author, composer, vocalist and pianist, recording artist, and performer, and holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, USA. He currently is a “Artist in Residence” Visiting Professor in the Faculty of English at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland and gives numerous lecture-demonstrations and concerts throughout Poland and surrounding countries.He taught in the Department of African American Studies at California State University,Fullerton,CA,USA for over 30 years and served as the department Co-chair from Spring 2017 to the beginning of Spring 2018. Dr. Breckenridge was selected as a United States Distinguished Chair Fulbright Scholar to Poland for the 2012–2013 academic year,with an extension through the 2013–2014 academic year where he taught in the Department of American Studies at the 650-year-old Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and the University of Marie Curie Sklodowska in Lublin, Poland. (He was also selected as a Fulbright Scholar for the Fall of 2005.) While in Poland, Dr. Breckenridge gave over 100 concerts, performances, and lectures representing American society throughout Poland—from cities at the Balic Sea in the north like Gdańsk to Zakopane and Krakow in the south; and from the west in Zielona Góra and Poznań to Biała Podlaska, Chełm, and Zamość in the east. Some guest appearances were for previous U.S. Ambassadors to Poland the Honorables Paul W. Jones, Stephen D. Mull, and Lee A. Feinstein, as well as distinguished Consul Generals Ellen Germain and Walter Braunohler and a number of T.V . appearances and interviews. Dr. Breckenridge possesses a proven track record of educational excellence. Over the years, his teaching assignments have spanned the curriculum such as in music history and appreciation, technology, and performance. Lastly, Dr. Breckenridge currently gives workshops in vocal and instrumental jazz for aspiring musicians, as well as lectures on American music worldwide. As a specialist in American music, Dr. Breckenridge has authored three books: Music Taste or Waste: Critical Listening Skills for Students, Teachers, and Parents (3rd edition, 2018 Kendall Hunt Publishing); Popular Music in America: Forging the American Spirit (3rd edition,2015,Kendall Hunt Publishing); and African American Music for Everyone: Including Theater, Film and Dance (3rd edition, 2014, Kendall Hunt Publishing). He has also presented papers at a number of international conferences such as in Metz, France; Debrecen, Hungary; and at The Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland. The latter was sponsored by the joint efforts of the US Embassy in Poland and the Music Academy for the Embassy’s ongoing program titled “America Presents.” Dr. Breckenridge has performed and continues to perform internationally as well as nationally in countries such as France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Lithuaina, Mexico, Poland, Slovakia, and the Ukraine. His most recent significant performance entails a number of appearances on Jaka to Melodia, one of Poland’s popular music TV programs. National performances have included a number of states, and at venues such as The Dorothy Chandler, The Greek Theater, The Los Angeles Forum, The Los Angeles Sports Arena, The Embassy Hotel,The Hollywood Bowl, The Watts Summer Festival, Capitol Records, TV Channels 5,11 and KOCE, Maverick’s Flats, Dooto’s, and many others. Stan Breckenridge has appeared with and/or performed for personalities such as Madeleine Albright, Scott Baio, Bobby Blue Bland, Bill Cosby, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Rosie Grier, Merv Griffin, Mahalia Jackson, Jerry Lewis, Moms Mabley, Greg Morris, Martha Reeves (of the Vandellas), Sam Riddle, Marsha Clark (District Attorney for the Simpson trial), Rowan and Martin, Greg Morris, David Ruffin (of the Temptations), Avery Schriber, Bernard Shaw, Nancy Sinatra, O.C. Smith, The Stylistics, Lea Thompson, John Travolta, John Wayne, The Young Hearts, and many others. He also gave many concerts through the United Europe Jazz Festival with Jazz Band Ball Orchestra—one of Poland’s most successful traditional jazz groups since the 1960s, and with Poland’s most famous Hammond B-3 organist Wojciech Karolak. As a recording artist, Stan Breckenridge has released an album every other year since 1999. In 2017 he recorded an album, titled Black & Tan Fantasy with JBBO (Jazz Band Ball Orchestra) - - the longest running septet among Polish musicians who perform traditional jazz. (Stan Breckenridge also performs with JBBO each year since 2014 where they do approximately 40 concerts/year. His most recent solo album titled Inspirations (released December 2014) draws upon experiences while living in Poland for two years (2012–2014). His collaboration with a young and gifted vocalist and violinist from Poland, named Klaudia Kowalik produced two albums, namely Jazz is Alive! (released January 2015) and All About Jazz (released March 2013). Also in February 2013, Stan Breckenridge released a solo album titled Out of Love for Jazz, which was recorded live in 2012 in Lublin,Poland. Other recordings include Reflections (2009), A Soulful Christmas (2008), This Is My Song (2007), Live in Poland (2005), Solo (2003), Meditations (2001), and Expositions (1999). Most albums and songs are available on itunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, Tidal, Spotify, Napster, andt hrough many other music download companies worldwide. In closing, Dr. Breckenridge has received numerous awards such as the CSUF Creative Activity certificate, six CSUF Faculty Author certificates, CSUF Grant Initiatives for faculty student projects, and a Distinguished Medal of Solidarity and Cultural Recognition Certificate both from the city of Radom, Poland. On July 6, 2017 Dr. Breckenridge was acknowledged by the Polish Secretary of Defense and received a certificate for performing a concert at the Polish American Military Picnic titled “Always close by, Safe together” organized on the occasion of the visit of U.S.President Donald Trump. The prestigious Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is his most recent award (April 2018). This award is for his contribution to creating an exhibit titled African American Civic Engagement, and its initiated African American Studies Vision for the Future Initiative.Performances,lectures, and interviews are chronicled in numerous newspaper articles, magazines, and university journals worldwide. Dr. Breckenridge has served as an Ambassador as well as a committee reviewer for the Fulbright Scholar Program,is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers; United States Fulbright Alumni Association; and Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity.

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