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Excursions in world music
Call Number: ML3545 E92
This book includes chapters on the music of India, the Middle East, China, Japan, Indonesia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, Latin America, Native Americans, and Ethnic North America.
This book is a compilation with chapters by many different authors. Looking for works by scholars that have the same area of interest as you can be a good way to find more information.
Worlds of music : an introduction to the music of the world’s peoples
Call Number: ML3545 W67
This book has chapters on North America (Native America), Africa (Ewe, Mande, Dagbamba, Shona, BaAka), North America (Black America), Bosnia and Central/Southeastern Europe, India (South India), Asia (Indonesia), East Asia (Japan), and Latin America (Ecuador).
This book has fun activities in some chapters, like directions for making your own traditional instruments. It also has an accompanying sound recording.
Soundscapes : exploring music in a changing world by
Call Number: MT90 S54S6
Instead of taking a geographic approach to issues in world music, Shelemay divides her book into themed chapters like The Music of Everyday Life, Music and Migration, The Study of Local Musics, Music of Worship and Belief, Music and Dance, Music and Memory, Music and Identity, Music and Politics, and Music in the Real World.
Each of these chapters has various case studies involving particular musical styles. A full list can be found in the contents section.
World music : the basics by
Call Number: ML3545 N53B3
While this isn't exactly a text book, it is shelved near many of them and isn't exactly a reference book either. It gives a brief overview of many popular world music styles and is easy to use, as long as you take a quick look at the table of contents.
World music : a very short introduction by
Call Number: ML3545 B64W6
This book lives up to its title- it is indeed very short. Instead of approaching world music by cultural areas, it takes a topical approach with chapters titled: In the beginning...myth and meaning in world music; The West and the world; Between myth and history; Music of the folk; Music of the nations; Diaspora; and Colonial musics, post-colonial worlds, and the globalization of world music. There are good suggestions for further reading listed in the back.