Studying Music History: Learning, Reasoning, and Writing About Music History and Literature (2nd Edition)

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Studying Music History: Learning, Reasoning and Writing About Music History and Literature: Second Edition develops a thorough knowledge of genres, composers and compositions, as well as skills for organizing, assimilating, applying and writing using this knowledge. The text maintains a strict three-fold emphasis that includes (1) a systematic approach to the data of music history and literature, (2) identification and interpretation of unidentified music samples and excerpts from several kinds of historical documents, and (3) properly written expression of musical knowledge and judgment through small-scale writing projects.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (August 17, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131902245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131902244
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces

Customer Reviews

Comprehensive Exam Savior

 on November 12, 2013
By Peter M. Bianca
A fantastic resource for anyone who wants a concise history of music. I purchased this book to prepare for DMA comprehensive exams and it worked fantastically. Poultney manages to boil down the past 1000 years into major composers, genres, compositions. for each period of Western Music History. The price is very high but it was worth it to me. I plan to use this book for quite some time.

Music History

 on October 1, 2013
By Jennifer Gellar
This book is a must have book for anyone who is studying music history or anyone who is interested in music history!

but still good to use

 on September 9, 2015
By Quileute
The cover was teared off a bit, but still good to use.

Five Stars

 on February 24, 2016
By Richard Freedlander
Thank you

Great as an overview

24 people found this helpful.
 on August 8, 2006
By J. Lindberg
This is an excellent review and condensation of Western Music History. I recommend it in particular for:

A great tool to prepare for exams

52 people found this helpful.
 on February 10, 2000
As a music graduate student, I don’t think I would have passed my oral or qualifying exams if not for this book. Poultney takes the major details of the major musical periods and boils them down to broad strokes. If you’ve studied a lot of music history but need a way to pull it all together, this book is a great tool.

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