Music Listening Today

  • AUTHORS: Charles Hoffer; Darrell Bailey
  • ISBN-13: 9781285857749 
  • Grade(s): 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
  • 448 Pages  Paperback 
  • 6th Edition
  • ©2016     Published
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About The Product

Brief, approachable, and modular, best-selling MUSIC LISTENING TODAY, 6e delivers a complete course solution that develops students' listening skills, providing them with the chronological framework they need to understand and appreciate different styles, forms, and genres of music. It takes students on a journey through the history of music from the early Western period to the present day, teaching them how to listen as they go. Carefully chosen for their teachability, dozens of musical selections cover a range of styles and include music students will easily recognize. All musical selections are available online in streaming form in MindTap and as downloads. In addition, Active Listening Guides found in MindTap teach listening skills via highly visual, graphical representations of the music's progress and are accompanied by quizzes and additional commentary. Other MindTap tools provide access to a complete eBook, interactive quizzes, YouTube videos, flashcards, and more.


  • Easy to read in one sitting, the concise chapters provide instructors with the flexibility to tailor the course to suit the needs of a wide variety of students.
  • In addition to its coverage of popular music, the book offers a substantial sample of music from different cultures around the world.
  • Brief composer biographies offer cultural and social background that enriches the musical selections.
  • Placed at the beginning of each of the book's eight parts and illustrated with period art, historical timelines enable students to place the chronology of music within its cultural and historical contexts.
  • Listening Guide headings provide download number and date of work, as well as reminders about such elements as genre and form. Listening Guide timings are easy to follow, and commentary has been made even simpler for students with no musical training.
  • Special charts describing the features of a period's music appear in the last chapter for each part that covers music history, summarizing the major changes in the elements of music during each period.
  • Glossary terms are boldfaced in the text so students can easily pick up key concepts as they are reading and studying.
  • Active Listening Guides in MindTap provide visual representations of the progression of each work, all perfectly synchronized with the music. As an arrow moves along the work, musical examples and commentary appear at just the right moment. Replaying any section of the work is as easy as a click of the mouse. These tools also give students live access to biographical sketches, musical terms, and practice quizzes.

About the Contributor

  • Charles Hoffer

    Charles Hoffer is Professor of Music at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He formerly taught at Indiana University, served as president of the Music Educators National Conference, and is an established author of books and articles about music.

  • Darrell Bailey

    Darrell Bailey is Professor of Music at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. He taught at Oberlin Conservatory and the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington and later was the founding director of the music program of the IU School of Music in Indianapolis. Subsequently, he founded the new media program at Indianapolis and was the founding executive associate dean of the first School of Informatics in the United States.

Table of Contents

1. Music Listening and You.
2. Rhythm.
3. Melody and Harmony.
4. Dynamics, Timbre, and Organization.
5. Orchestral Instruments.
6. Other Musical Instruments.
7. Early Western Music.
8. Medieval Music.
9. Renaissance Music.
10. The Baroque Period.
11. Oratorio and Cantata.
12. Opera in the Baroque.
13. Baroque Instrumental Music: Suite and Sonata.
14. Baroque Instrumental Music: Concerto and Fugue.
15. Classicism and Classical Music.
16. Sonata Form.
17. The Concerto.
18. Classical Opera.
19. Chamber Music.
20. Piano Sonatas.
21. The Symphony and Beethoven.
22. Romance and Romanticism.
23. Early Romantic Music.
24. Romantic Piano Music.
25. Program and Ballet Music.
26. Romantic Opera.
27. Late Romantic Music.
28. Nationalism.
29. Music in the Twentieth Century and Beyond.
30. Impressionism and Post-Romanticism.
31. The Mainstream.
32. Expressionism and Primitivism.
33. Neoclassicism and Tone Row Music.
34. New Sounds and New Techniques.
35. American Music before 1920.
36. Concert Music since 1920.
37. Popular Music and Jazz to 1950.
38. Popular Music since 1950.
39. Music for Stage and Film.
PART VIII: Music around the World.
40. Folk and Ethnic Music.
41. Folk Music of Europe and the Americas.
42. Music of Africa and the Middle East.
43. Music of Asia.
Listening Guides Indexed by Composer.
Index of Composer Biographies.
Music Credits.

New to this Edition

  • The Sixth Edition's powerful listening program is cued in the text and integrated carefully in MindTap, which provides students with the listening and practice they need, where they need it.
  • Each chapter previews content for students with an easily reviewed set of Learning Objectives. In MindTap, each chapter opens with a highly engaging video, introduced by the authors, with questions geared for class discussion.
  • Each musical selection's Listening Guide provides a simplified set of timings, keyed to the music downloads packaged with the book. MindTap provides this music in three ways: streaming, in the form of an animated Active Listening Guide, and via carefully selected YouTube videos introduced by the authors.
  • Each musical selection is now accompanied by a Listening Practice Activity in MindTap, which gives students in-depth listening practice with each specific piece.
  • Each chapter in MindTap concludes with a revised Chapter Quiz including further listening items.
  • Chapter 1's introduction to music listening has been heavily revised to appeal more directly to today's students.
  • The first two chapters in Part 6 (Chapter 29: Music in the Twentieth Century and Beyond and Chapter 30: Impressionism and Post-Romanticism) have been reversed, so that the introduction to twentieth-century music is presented first in Part 6.
  • Chapter 34: New Sounds and New Techniques has been thoroughly updated to include a section on new genres such as "telematic" performances, which connect audiences to the creative process, unbounded by time and space.
  • Chapters 38: Popular Music Since 1950 and 39: Music for Stage and Film now include more up-to-date music and film composers.
  • Chapter 41: Folk Music of Europe and the Americas now includes coverage of native Alaskan music.
  • Chapter 43: Music of Asia now branches out to include the native music of Australia.
  • New musical selections include Biebl, "Ave Maria"; Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 21; and Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto.

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