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The Way of Music

Aural Training for the Internet Generation

by Robin Maconie


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Here at last is a listener's guide to the hidden meanings of western classical music, expressed in accessible, jargon-free language and drawing on universal listening experiences and skills. The Way of Music is six booklets in one volume; it is a study guide in attention training, listening skills, and music appreciation for students, teachers, and the general reader. Each book is complete in itself, to be read and used as part of a multilayered database of musical meaning.
Alternating aphorism and explanation, Books 1 and 2 inquire into hearing and communication processes using the example of a barking dog, while Books 3 and 4 extend the range of inquiry into the acoustics and performance of ethnic and classical music. Book 5 offers a substantial survey of over 100 examples of recorded music, providing a history of western music and culture, and incorporating discussion and assignment topics. The final book presents the range of class, gender, and cultural perspectives found in 101 adult student responses to the slow movement of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4. Drawing on Robin Maconie's earlier work, The Second Sense: Language Music and Hearing (2002), The Way of Music presents many of the same insights in highly encapsulated form for readers in the text message age, taking the discussion of classical music out of music departments and returning it to a broader public and educational arena.
Student Observations:
"You learn logic, reason, and a sort of sensitivity to the passage of time from listening to classical music."
"Music, when one is trained to listen, helps to improve your senses. Your sense of hearing is heightened; you become more alert, because you are concentrating on many different instruments and sounds simultaneously."
"Music reaches beyond the improvement of academic performance to a realm of improvement of the human condition."

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Scarecrow Press
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Robin Maconie (Author)

Robin Maconie is a New Zealand born composer and musicologist who studied with Olivier Messiaen and Karlheinz Stockhausen. He is the author of The Second Sense (2002) and Other Planets: The Music of Karlheinz Stockhausen (2005), both published by ...

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