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Resonances: Engaging Music in Its Cultural Context

Front cover image of Resonances (UNG Press, 2020). Image is “Music” by Flickr User “JULIE”. Various instruments are hand drawn, with colorful circles and swirls between them.


Esther M. Morgan-Ellis, Ph.D.

Contributing Authors

Rebecca R. Johnston
Louis Hajosy
David R. Peoples
Arielle P. Crumley
Alexandra Dunbar

Philip Snyder
Lisa Prodan
Bart Walters
Serena Scibelli



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Resonances: Engaging Music in Its Cultural Context offers a fresh curriculum for the college-level music appreciation course. The musical examples are drawn from classical, popular, and folk traditions from around the globe. These examples are organized into thematic chapters, each of which explores a particular way in which human beings use music. Topics include storytelling, political expression, spirituality, dance, domestic entertainment, and more. The chapters and examples can be taught in any order, making Resonances a flexible resource that can be adapted to your teaching or learning needs. This textbook is accompanied by a complete set of PowerPoint slides and learning objectives.

About the Editor

Dr. Esther Morgan-Ellis is the author of Everybody Sing!: Community Singing in the American Picture Palace (2018). Her work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals, and she has presented papers and lecture-recitals at national conferences. Dr. Morgan-Ellis currently serves as Managing Editor for the Journal of Popular Music Studies.

Dr. Morgan-Ellis is also a professional cellist and appears regularly with regional orchestras. At UNG she teaches music history, world music, music in Appalachia, and cello, and she directs the orchestra in Dahlonega.


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