This entertaining and informative book discusses a number of widely accepted misconceptions about music and offers in their place practical and logical ideas regarding human perception of music and its relation to traditional systems of notation. The author shares the practical experiences and careful thinking that led him to his conclusions. A basic premise of the book is that, like spoken language, music should be experienced as sound before it is learned in its symbolic form as notation, and that when music is presented this way, a learner is better prepared to navigate the tangles and perplexities of traditional notation.
Evans, Cheryl and Smith, Lucy
Acting and Theatre
PN 2061 .E9 1992
Through many illustrations and photos, and brief, explanatory blocks of text, the author describes how actors rehearse and train for their roles. Movement, voice improvisation and mime are some of the techniques covered. Descriptions of costume and set design, lighting and sound are also presented. The book's content, which includes a Who's Who of international playwrights, a listing of the kinds of theatre jobs available and a glossary of technical terms is both comprehensive and detailed in the information it offers students of the theater. (EG)
I Wanna Take Me a Picture: Teaching Photography and Writing to Children
Ewald has spent decades teaching photography to children. Chapters in her book include “Learning to Read Photographs,” “Literacy through Photography,” “Getting Technical,” “Using Photography in the Classroom,” “Using Photography in Communities,” and “Resources and Readings.” The exercises that she describes include self-portraits, family portraits, images of community, and images of dreams. Skills taught include framing, point of view, and darkroom processes. The book is illustrated with many great examples of students’ work. The “Readings” bibliography is particularly thorough and well-structured.
Composers of Tomorrow’s Music
Fine Arts ML 197 .E85
This is a non-technical introduction to the musical avant-garde movement. The chapter on John Cage describes how he developed his music of chance and how this type of music allows for the unpredictable to occur in the process of performance. It shows how “chance music” is related to improvisation in jazz. The chapter on John Cage is well written and gives a fine example of his music’s development and audience’s reaction to it.
Feagin, Susan L., and Patrick Maynard, Eds.
Aesthetics: An Oxford Reader
Oxford University Press 1998
BH 39 .A286 1997
The editors have gathered 57 articles or extracts by a great variety of authors, not only from multiple cultural arenas, but from many disciplines and from multiple centuries: from Aristotle to the 1990’s. Selections are thematically arranged into six sections governed by lines of inquiry: “Why Identify Anything as Art?” What do Artists Do?, Can We Ever Understand?,” “Why Respond Emotionally to Art?,” Because the extracts chosen in response to each question concretely, the reader the reader is provided with a highly textured view of each issue.
Fine, Elizabeth C.
Soulstepping: African American Step Shows
University of Illinois Press, 2003
GV 1624.7 .A34 F56
Elizabeth Fine introduces the dance form known as stepping as it has grown from its presence as a private ritual in African American Greek-letter societies in the early 20th century into an expanded and codified public performance phenomenon not only on college campuses but also in schools, churches, community organizations, and popular culture. Fine describes stepping as an expressive dance form that incorporates African American oral, musical, and movement traditions from initiation rituals, competitive tribal dancing, and gumboot dancing to ring shouts, juba, clogging, tap, hip-hop culture, break dancing, and rapping. This book is intended for aficionados and scholars of dance history, black studies, and performance studies who are interested in how this African American dance form embodies and expresses cultural ideas. Fine draws on current semiotic and cultural theories. She breaks ground by writing about stepping with an academic frame that places it in historical context. Black and white photos of marching, pledging, demonstrating, singing, and dancing animate the text throughout the book. Many of the images of Greek-letter societies are from Howard University and Virginia Tech from 1943 through 1999.