"Want world music at your fingertips? This is the series for you!...I highly recommend the books in this series. They provide not only an overall introduction to particular world musics, but also an in-depth look into the musical lives of people who live next door and those who dwell on the other side of the planet. The collection is the first-ever collaboration between educators and ethnomusicologists, providing material for knowing music as a global phenomenon." --Amy Beagle, in Orff Echo, Summer 2005
Praise for Teaching Music Globally by Patricia Shehan Campbell:
Patricia Shehan Campbell developed her book , Teaching Music Globally, on the following premise: "The teaching and learning of the world"s musics can happen in courses and curricular programs from preschool through postgraduate studies, in academic-styled courses, or performance ensembles" (p. 13). The result is a practical process and clear rationale for curricular infusion of global music outlined for music educators and trainers of music educators" " Roberta Volkmann, Music Educator"s Journal, November 2004
"This book offers a scholarly guide to the development of curricula and lesson plans with a more global outlook, which may be used as an alternate way to help students develop their musicality and listening awareness." --Robert Spillman, American Music Teacher, October/November 2004
Praise for Thinking Musically by Bonnie C. Wade, Carnival Music in Trinidad by Shannon Dudley, and Music in East Africa by Gregory Barz:
"These three slim paperbacks, each packaged with a cd tucked in the back cover, might just revolutionize the book market centered upon world music. They are the opening volumes in a series entitled 'Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture'which will comprise 17 by next year, all with a similar design, price, and intention. They are intended to replace the usual one-volume overview textbook used by schools teaching 'World Music,'but you don't have to have official student or faculty status to be delighted or amazed by what these little books present."
Thinking Musically by ethnomusicologist and book series editor Bonnie C. Wade, known for her earlier books about traditional Japanese and Indian music, sets the stage for the subsequent volumes in the series. Through drawing from musical examples from the Americas, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Europe, Wade writes a clear primer of how to listen carefully to musicians from diverse cultures making meaning in their everyday lives through their performances.... Thinking Musically serves as an introductory foundation text for the books that follow.
And if the volumes by Dudley and Barz are typical of all the books that will follow, this series is indispensable. The authors limit their focus to musical traditions they have both extensively researched as university scholars-but-and this is what makes these books superlative-they draw upon their extensive experiences in Trinidad and East Africa as students of musical masters in those locales. These books have nothing of the stuffy and impersonal bookish tone that so many college textbooks possess. Pan-player Dudley and multi-instrumentalist Barz write with humility and grace as musical novices learning both instrumental techniques and ways of cross-cultural communication musically....The books reflect a deep humanity as well as acute musical intelligence."
"These three books are quick reads, but invaluable references to be re-read with pleasure. Each book stands by itself, yet the reading for them sequentially reveals certain overlapping these pertaining to how music helps unify a people's culture. Since so many world music books are essentially profiles of stars and recommended readings, these fill a gap in getting us to honor music as a supreme form of cultural expression. And the fact that each book costs the same as a cd makes them a not-to-be-missed treat."
--Norman Weinstein, The Beat (vol. 23, #4, 2004)
Praise for Music in Bulgaria by Timothy Rice:
"This type of in-depth text with thorough descriptions of the fieldwork done by an ethnomusicologist has long been needed by educators who wish to bring more genuine world music experiences to their students. It is certainly a vast improvement over texts that have served as standards in the past."-Douglas C. Orzolek, assistant professor of music education and associate director of bands at the University of St Thomas in St. Paul, MN, in Music Educator"s Journal, November 2004.Praise for Music in Ireland by Dorothea Hast and Stanley Scott:
" Music in Ireland is arguably what education providers have been waiting for - essentially an ethnomusicological study of traditional music in performance, which moves away from the strictly parochial and national, but yet presents music and song involving both individuals and communities....It is a refreshing read for anyone inside the music, and particularly for those who would like to get an all-in synopsis." --Fintan Valley, The Journal of Music in Ireland (Sept.-Oct. 2004)
This outstanding book fills a long standing lacuana. It will immediately become the standard introductory text for Irish music, and it should remain so for the foreseeable future-it's hard to imagine what could surpass it. --James Cowdery, author of The Melodic Traditions of Ireland
Praise from students for Thinking Musically and Teaching Music Globally:
"Generally clear, easy-to-follow texts that are "student friendly"" "Favorite parts were the lesson plans, listening clips and notated examples"" "Wonderful examples, activities and descriptions are given"" "Loved the listening examples"" "Large amount of examples in Ms. Campbell"s book, especially those which contain visual forms of reference which serve as aids to both teacher and student." "It is refreshing to see music written about so deliberately and thoroughly. The writing style is accessible, and yet it requires attention to detail when reading. The examples serve to illustrate what is already clearly discussed in the text. I especially enjoyed the variety of cultures covered in the teaching text. The book really gives a great starting point to expand upon a particular culture, by providing culture-specific music fundamentals and step-by-step instructions that invite creativity. Ms. Wade"s TM text is a great foundation to TMG that provides an opportunity for understanding the universal aspects of music learning, making good sense of integrating global and world music into the classroom."