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The Way of Music: Aural Training for the Internet Generation (Paperback)

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Here at last is a listener's guide to the hidden meanings of western classical music, expressed in accessible, jargon-free language and drawing on universal listening experiences and skills. The Way of Music is six booklets in one volume; it is a study guide in attention training, listening skills, and music appreciation for students, teachers, and the general reader. Each book is complete in itself, to be read and used as part of a multilayered database of musical meaning. Alternating aphorism and explanation, Books 1 and 2 inquire into hearing and communication processes using the example of a barking dog, while Books 3 and 4 extend the range of inquiry into the acoustics and performance of ethnic and classical music. Book 5 offers a substantial survey of over 100 examples of recorded music, providing a history of western music and culture, and incorporating discussion and assignment topics. The final book presents the range of class, gender, and cultural perspectives found in 101 adult student responses to the slow movement of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. Drawing on Robin Maconie's earlier work, The Second Sense: Language Music and Hearing (2002), The Way of Music presents many of the same insights in highly encapsulated form for readers in the text message age, taking the discussion of classical music out of music departments and returning it to a broader public and educational arena. Student Observations: "You learn logic, reason, and a sort of sensitivity to the passage of time from listening to classical music." "Music, when one is trained to listen, helps to improve your senses. Your sense of hearing is heightened; you become more alert, because you are concentrating on many different instruments and sounds simultaneously." "Music reaches beyond the improvement of academic performance to a realm of improvement of the human condition."

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810858794
Number of pages: 446
Weight: 558 g
Dimensions: 220 x 142 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is a fascinating and highly stimulating approach to music, based on the idea that the most fundamental aspect of any music is not technical training in one tradition or another, but rather the action of listening....The Way of Music offers pathways to lead a thinking person or music student from that everyday attraction into reflecting on the engrossing and interlocked worlds of ritual, creativity, meaning, pattern, science, and philosophy of art which music knits together. The book does not set out to demand submissive agreement with its assertions, but more commendably to engender in readers thought, discussion and a creative response. -- Martin Lodge, Composer and Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Waikato at Hamilton
Maconie, a composer and musicologist, provides a guide to music appreciation that draws on his earlier text The Second Sense: Language, Music, and Hearing. Intended for nonmusicians and upper level nonmusic courses, this guide was conceived as a "paper website" and sections can be studied individually. Sections, called "books," consist of brief explanations of one idea and cover attention training, aural skills, and musical meaning. Book Five surveys 100 recorded examples of classical and world music; it is meant to be read in conjunction with listening to the music. The final section presents reactions from listeners from different backgrounds to a movement of a Beethoven piano concerto. * Reference and Research Book News, May 2007 *
A very original and compelling (and accessible) piece of work. -- Michael Schmidt, Editor of PN Review
Maconie's commentaries are lucid and immediate, and the reader is offered some stunning descriptions of the music under discussion....the book will prove extremely useful for music teachers and lecturers... * The Musical Times *
...a significant achievement. It deserves widespread circulation and implementation. * David Morriss *
Focusing on classical music, Maconie shows how readily the rich and varied textures, structures, and rhetoric of classical music can be learned and can satisfy and intrigue anyone, irrespective of their previous background. ... Maconie brings both a more up-to-date scientific perspective ... and a more sympathetic awareness of how the students are situated 'in-the-world' and need to be led into this knowledge from their 'in-the-world' status, rather than just be regarded as objects into which knowledge is poured by the expert. -- Robert Walker * Musicae Scientiae: The Journal Of Escom *
.... written primarily for the nonspecialist, and primarily in nontechnical language. This text would be eminently suitable for an introductory course in music appreciation inasmuch as these courses are almost invariably designed as music history courses, albeit somewhat less rigorous than the music history courses designed for music majors.... Overall, Maconie's book is refreshingly different from many musical appreciation texts, and this alone is a strength that sets it apart from the mainstream of historically oriented texts. It is based on universal, innate responses from the listener and is not dependent on technical music training, although it serves well as an introduction from which inclined students could then ease into more technical instruction in music theory or history. The interdisciplinary nature of the commentary, necessitated by the desire to speak in terms of universals for an audience of students, is a great strength and should lead to many fruitful class discussions combining anthropology, sociology, aesthetics, philosophy, religion, and music. * Music Reference Services Quarterly, Volume 11 Number 22 (2008) *

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