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American Music: A Panorama, Concise Edition 4th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0495916129
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About the Author

Lorenzo Candelaria (Bachelor of Music, Oberlin College, 1995; Ph.D., Yale University, 2001) is an award-winning teacher and author at The University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music. He is the recipient of prestigious fellowships from the Fulbright Program and the National Endowment for the Humanities and was presented with the Robert M. Stevenson Award by the American Musicological Society for his book THE ROSARY CANTORAL (2008).

Daniel Kingman is an American composer and Professor Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer; 4 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495916129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495916123
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I teach a course in United States music history at the high school level, and this college text is a good stretch for my students. It is clearly written, well organized, and provides great points for departure in my lectures. The accompanying CD set, though not perfect, is a convenient way to bring in examples and allows for some independent study. Music history teachers can augment the examples with their current CD holdings.
The text surveys "American" music, not just music of the United States, although that is in the majority. The distinction of American versus U.S makes for a good discussion point throughout the semester. We do not take the chapters in order (we begin with music of the early European settlers), and the book lends itself to that flexibility.
Although there may be better texts for specific music history topics, (i.e., Jazz or contemporary "serious" music) this is an excellent survey text for the advanced high schooler or college music history survey course. Term paper suggestions, questions for additional research and bibliography are included at the end of each chapter.
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I ordered this book for my college class, and thought it had the CDs. It doesn't. I spent a lot of money for being "just" the book.
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The product came just as it was advertised; in great condition, a timely fashion, the right edition and everything. I was very pleased with the product and would be eager to buy instead of renting if needed. Also, the American Music: A Panorama, Concise Edition of renting here is quite impressive.
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This is a concise edition of Daniel Kingman's previous book of the same title. I know of it having been used as a high school textbook on American Music.

Kingman's book begins with a great introduction of some of the various ethnic/folk musics of the American musical tradition: Anglo-American, African-American, American Indian, and Latino backgrounds. Part Two looks at music which germinated from the South-Country, Blues, and Rock. Other sections examine popular sacred music, secular music, jazz, a substantial section on classical music, and a small epilogue on other regional styles.

This text is good because it is not too difficult to read and interesting overall. Kingman does a good job of introducing the music and providing useful descriptions of each style.

His bibliographies at the end of each chapter are fantastic, and he also provides many useful project ideas which would work great for high school/college classes alike

Unfortunately, there are a host of problems. First, the section on jazz is too short (30 pages), as well as those on rock (25 pages) and musical theater (20 pages). Kingman also neglects to put each movement in its proper historical context. This does not seem to be an important goal for him.

Many courses teach either American Popular Music or American Art/Classical music, not both. There are better texts out there which are more specific. For a survey course on all American music, this can work, but will certainly need to be supplemented with primary source materials and information on jazz, rock, Broadway, and other areas.
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Guys I promise this is a load of junk that is repetitive and does not even focus on the new materials from chapter to chapter. This is the worst MONEY I ever spent. Im writing this review to save you the time and money. This is so useless and pathetic I can't believe I actually bought. there are no outlines. No highlights. Just repetitive definitions of the same topics in every chapter. IT IS SO VAGUE AND USELESS
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Ordered it for my daughter for a college class. She enjoyed it. She made an A in the class,
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very good and very helpful and useful it is clear and easy to read and follow.
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By Claudia on September 22, 2014
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The book was in good conditions like the say. Good book
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