- Series: Global Music
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (November 19, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195341910
- ISBN-13: 978-0195341911
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 5.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thinking Musically: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Global Music) 2nd Edition
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About the Author
Bonnie C. Wade is Professor and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of California, Berkeley. One of two general editors of the Global Music Series, she is also the author of another volume in the series, Music in Japan (OUP, 2005), in addition to numerous other titles.
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As an introduction to world music from an ethnomusicologist's perspective, Thinking Musically is a concise, well-organized study. Bonnie Wade pulls examples from the various studies in the Global Music series, creating a cohesive overview. Each chapter provides definitions (in bold type,) and a categorical framework for the material covered. Concepts are clearly mapped throughout the chapter with subheadings and clearly organized paragraphs. Wade pulls examples from the studies in the Global Music Series to illustrate each concept. Using these examples and musical samples on the CD she invites readers to apply these musical ideas in the highlighted activity boxes. This structure makes the book useful for independent study as well as group instruction.
Ch. 1:Thinking about Music- explores perspectives on music's meaning and uses, investigates definitions of music, and musical values and aesthetics inviting the reader to explore his/her personal ideas about music as well (Sample activity: "Think about music in your life. Does it have some meaning for you, beyond its musical qualities? How do you use music? Can you distinguish between its meaning and function?")
Ch. 2:Thinking about Instruments- explores instruments as an expression of culture- spiritual association, social status, aesthetic value, etc , provides a brief intro to the Sachs-Hornbostel classification system, defines timbre from various aesthetic viewpoints, classifies ensembles, and influences of/upon instrumental capacity (Activity example: One activity investigating timbre and heterogenous sound ideals asks the reader to listen to a selection of Japanese gagaku ensemble music on the CD and attempt to identify each instrument as it enters.)
Ch 3: Thinking about Time- explores definitions of rhythm, tempo, and organization of time in meter, tala, changdan, rhythmic mode, polyrhythm, and colotomic structures (Sample activity: One activity invites the reader to feel the rhythm of Korean kutkori changdan by breathing and bending ones knees (ogum) while speaking the syllables for the strokes of one drum within the ensemble.)
Ch 4: Thinking about Pitch- defines and classifies pitch, melodic, harmonic structures and their combinations (Sample Activity: Wade asks readers to use a stringed instrument to discover harmonic ratios.)
Ch 5: Thinking about Structure- begins with clarifying the ethnomusicologist's general position on improvisation as composition, then proceeds to classify and define forms and patterns found in improvised or pre-composed music from various regions of the world based on the cultural purpose or setting of the music (Example activity: "Listen to at least three musical selections of your choice. Analyze and articulate how the ending is created and consider why.")
Ch 5: Thinking about Issues- explores the history behind and current ideas of "global culture" and "world music", authenticity, and "transculturation/ transnationalization" (Sample activity: One activity asks readers to discuss with friends positions on who can be defined as an authentic performer of various types of music.)
Ch 6: Thinking about Fieldwork- guides readers through their own fieldwork project
Thinking Musically also includes a glossary of terms used in the book and a short compilation of resources. Whether you have a background in music or are just beginning a music study, this book is the most useful tool I have found for presenting introductory general music without a western focus.