Crossroads: The Muliticultural Roots of America's Popular Music

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Primarily for courses in American music, popular music, or rock music; and also appropriate for courses in ethnic studies.

 

Through a blended historical, ethnic, and musical approach, with a strong contemporary focus and the inclusion of a wide variety of musical styles from American society's broad ethnic groups, this text meets the needs of the new generation of faculty and students by more accurately reflecting the diverse musical traditions of the United States.

 

Elizabeth Barkley wrote this book to meet the needs of today’s more diverse student population.  Returning to the classroom after nine years as an academic Dean, she was aware of the student demographic changes, but unprepared for the pedagogical implications of those changes.  As she struggled to engage her students in a traditional music survey course, they looked bored and apathetic and it was then that she knew she had to find a better way.  As a result, she created a new course called The Musics of Multicultural America, based on her analysis that an important characteristic that seemed to unify her students was “Americanness.”   Working with UC Berkeley’s Center for the Study of American Cultures, she developed a course that traced a variety of contemporary musics such as rock ‘n’ roll, salsa, gospel, blues, jazz, Cajun, zydeco, and Tejano from their roots in the music traditions of immigrant groups to their hybridization and development into uniquely new American musics. Soon her classes were filled with enthusiastic students who had enrolled on the recommendation of former students, friends and counselors.  The traditional survey course had averaged anywhere from 40 to 60 students per year; in 2005-06, the capped annual enrollment was at 1,250. This textbook is the result of her work developing materials for that course.

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Elizabeth Barkley holds a BA and MA from the University of California at Riverside and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.  She has worked at Foothill College since 1977, including nine years as Dean of Fine Arts and Communications.  As a faculty member at Foothill she has taught piano, music history and literature, and music theory and composition.  Her books include Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (co-authored with K. Patricia Cross and Claire Howell Major, Jossey-Bass, 2004), the earlier edition of Crossroads:  Popular Music in America (Prentice Hall, 2003), and a three-volume series, Great Composers and Music Masterpieces of Western Civilization (co-authored with Robert Hartwell, Pearson Custom Publishing, 2001 and 2002).

 

She has been the recipient of several honors, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s California's Higher Education Professor of the Year, the Chair Academy’s Outstanding Leadership Award for work with Learning Outcomes Assessment, Innovator of the Year in conjunction with the National League for Innovation, the Gerald Hayward Award for Educational Excellence, the Center for Diversity in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’s Faculty Award, the Foothill College President's Special Achievement Award, and the California Community College League’s  Out-of-the-Box Thinker Award.  She has also served as a Leadership Fellow through the American Council on Education and has been named a Carnegie Scholar in the discipline of music by the Pew Charitable Trusts in conjunction with the Carnegie Foundation. Additionally, the California Virtual Campus selected her course Music of Multicultural America as the Best Online Course.

 

 

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Book Description Routledge, 2006. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Preface Part I: The Journeys Begin Chapter 1: Music in Multicultural America The Components of American Multiculturalism Culture Ethnicity and Culture Race and Culture Acculturation and Assimilation into American Society The United States Today American Multiculturalism and American Music The Building Blocks of Music Conclusion Bibliography Boxed Features Insight: The United States or America? In-Depth Focus: America as the New World Chapter 2: The Music of Native Americans Native American Origins Overview of Pre-Conquest Music Traditions Challenges to Studying Pre-Conquest Native American Music Commonalities among Native Music Traditions Structural Characteristics Native American Music Within A Historical and Social Context: The Fifteenth Nineteenth Centuries Native American Cultural Diversity Contact with Europeans in the Colonial Period Native Americans and the United States of America Impact of Europeans on Native Culture and Music Traditions Native Americans in the Twentieth Century Pan-Indian Music Native Americans Today Conclusion Bibliography Boxed Features Profile: Douglas Spotted Eagle Insight: Native American or Indian? Listening Guide: Rabbit Dance Chapter 3: The Roots of European/Anglo-American Music Overview of European-American Music Traditions Commonalities of European-American Music Early Anglo-American Music Traditions The Structural Characteristics of Anglo-American Folk Music Anglo-American Music within a Social and Historical Context Religious Music of the Colonial Period Folk Music of the Early Settlers The Americanization of British Folk Songs Instrumental Music of the Early Settlers Conflict and the Road to Revolution The Founding of a New Nation Boxed Features Insight: Understanding the Term Anglo-American Listening Guide: Barbara Allen In-Depth Focus: Famous Patriotic Songs Insight: The American Tradition of Square Dance Calling Profile: The Carter Family Chapter 4: The Roots of African-American Music African-American Origins Challenges to Retaining African Culture Overview of African Music Traditions African Diversity African Commonalities African-American Music within a Historical and Social Context Colonial America Structural Characteristics of Early African-American Music The American Revolution and Striving for Freedom The Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Late Nineteenth Century Conclusion Bibliography Boxed Features Insight: African-Americans or Blacks? Listening Guide: Drum Rhythms Insight: The Double Language of Spirituals Profile: Huddie Ledbetter Leadbelly Chapter 5: The Roots of Latin American Music The First Mexican Americans Pre-Conquest and Arrival of the Europeans Overview of the Music of the Aztecs and Other Indigenous Peoples Challenges and Changes in Studying Indigenous Music of Mexico Commonalities of Aztec and Other Indigenous Music Structural Characteristics of Aztec and Other Indigenous Music Mexican-American Music in a Historical and Social Context The Spanish Colonial Period Influence of Colonial System on Mexican Music Mexican Independence Mexican Northern Provinces become Part of the United States Mestizo Music Traditions Structural Characteristics Popular Mestizo Music Styles Conclusion Bibliography Boxed Features Insight: Whats In a Name? The Challenge of Categories In-Depth Focus: Fr. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0131930737

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