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ISBN-13: 978-0072294477 ISBN-10: 0072294477 Edition: 5 Cdr
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About the Author

After receiving her MA in Music History and Literature at Arizona State University, Jean Ferris taught Music History and Appreciation at ASU. In addition to her work at the University, she has been involved with the music community by serving as a church choir director, singing with the Phoenix Symphony Chorale, playing the organ, and touring to Japan with her high school handbell choir--apparently the first handbell choir to perform in that country.

Ferris is the author of two books: Music: The Art of Listening and America's Musical Landscape. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill College; 5 Cdr edition (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072294477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072294477
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,175,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SJC History Teacher on November 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
My daughter is using this book for a high school class, and it is unneccessarily difficult to read. Example (from page 279) "The first musician labeled an Impressionist--although he detested the term--showed his affinity for the new French style by replacing musical statement with suggestion in a kind of aural realization of the painters' ideals."

Really! As an English teacher, I do feel that this book could have been written in a much clearer, simpler style and still conveyed its great wealth of information without making the reader work so hard.

That said, the book does give a good overview of the elements and history of western art music, and the examples provided on the CDs are appropriate and helpful. I like the format of the descriptions of each listening example, which guides the student through each piece of music.

Perhaps this book is more appropriate for mature adult readers rather than for high school students. I know that I have enjoyed reading it. Perhaps the later editions of this book are more readable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Haupt on November 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
I used this book for a 6 week music course. It had a lot of good, basic information within it, but I did have to do some of my own research for the course. This was definitely a good guide to lead me along through my class; I wasn't disappointed. If I had attended a semester long course, I probably wouldn't have been as pleased with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy P. Phillips on September 26, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book was one edition old, but it was effective for me to take a class.,
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