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Exploring the World of Music

Learn the essentials of music theory and how music expresses culture in this video instructional series.

A video instructional series on the elements of music for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 12 half-hour video programs.

Gain an understanding of the basic elements of music with this series, an introduction to music with a global perspective. Exploring the World of Music shows how elements such as melody, rhythm, and texture create an infinite variety of sounds and serve as expressions of culture. Through rare archival footage and contemporary performances, the series presents themes such as music and the environment, music as cultural memory, and how technology changes music. The featured artists perform music from around the world, including American jazz, gospel, and rock, and traditional music from Bosnia, the Caribbean, India, Ireland, Japan, and West Africa. This series is also valuable for teachers seeking to review the subject matter.

About the Producers and the Advisors

Production Team

Steven Fischler
Joel Sucher
Executive Producers
Pacific Street FilmsMartin D. Toub
Pacific Street Films

Dorothea Hast
Director of Content/Writer
Department of Music
Southern Connecticut State University

Diane U. Eisenberg
Manager of Print Materials
Eisenberg Associates

Ira H. Klugerman
Coordinating Executive Producer
Educational Film Center

Stephen Rabin
Project Director
Educational Film Center

Advisory Board

Gage Averill
New York UniversityJohn Cohen
Purchase College, SUNY

James Cowdery
Former editor, Journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology

Barbara Hampton
Hunter College, CUNY

Willie Ruff
Yale University

Stan Scott
Clark University

Mark Slobin
Wesleyan University; former president, Society for Ethnomusicology

Stephen Wild
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies