Faculty of Arts

School of Creative and Performing Arts


Dance Theory and Composition

Avaialbe through MIT Open Courseware, this course introduces students to the art and formal ideologies of contemporary dance. We explore the aesthetic and technical underpinnings of contemporary dance composition. Basic compositional techniques are discussed and practiced, with an emphasis on principles such as weight, space, time, effort, and shape. Principles of musicality are considered and developed by each student. Working with each other as the raw material of the dance, students develop short compositions that reveal their understanding of basic techniques. Hopefully, students come to understand a range of compositional possibilities available to artists who work with the medium of the human body.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

Traditions in American Concert Dance: Gender and Autobiography

This course explores the forms, contents, and context of world traditions in dance that played a crucial role in shaping American concert dance. For example, we will identify dances from an African American vernacular tradition that were transferred from the social space to the concert stage. We will explore the artistic lives of such American dance artists as Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, and Alvin Ailey along with Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, George Balanchine, and Merce Cunningham as American dance innovators. Of particular importance to our investigation will be the construction of gender and autobiography that lie at the heart of concert dance practice, and the ways in which these qualities have been choreographed by American artists.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA


An Introduction to Technical Theatre

This textbook’s accessible format is designed for students at all levels, including those studying technical theatre as an elective part of their education. The text’s modular format is also intended to assist teachers approach the subject at their own pace and structure, a necessity for those who may regularly rearrange their syllabi around productions and space scheduling. Reviews available.

Theatrical Worlds

This introductory text for theatre and theoretical production seeks to give insight into the people and processes that create theater. Reviews available. Please note that this work is licensed for reuse and redistribution, but not editing or remixing.

Includes: Interviews


Classical Music: Contemporary Perspectives and Challenges

This collection reflects on classical music as it advances through the twenty-first century. With insights drawn from leading composers, performers, academics, journalists, and arts administrators, special focus is placed on classical music’s defining traditions, challenges and contemporary scope. Although this book is free to read and reuse, it is not licensed for editing or remixing.

Free Music Archive

This collection includes public domain and Creative Commons licensed sound recordings.

Fundamentals, Function, and Form: Theory and Analysis of Tonal Western Art Music

This textbook by Andre Mount provides its readers with a comprehensive study of the theory and analysis of tonal Western art music.

Includes: Activities, summaries

Make It New: Reshaping Jazz in the 21st Century

This work profiles a number of modern jazz performers.

Includes: Interviews

Music: Its Language, History and Culture 

The chapters in this book contain definitions and explanations of musical terms and concepts, short essays on subjects related to music as a creative performing art, biographical sketches of major figures in music, and background information on music from different periods and locations. Reviews are available.

Includes: Instructor and student resources

Music Appreciation I and Music Appreciation II

Based on the Lumen Learning course, Music Appreciation hosted on Course Hero, this online book is designed to give the student an appreciation of music by exposing them to many musical styles, composers, historical trends, as well as increasing their aural, verbal, and writing skills in describing music.

Includes: Question banks

Music Theory for the 21st-Century Classroom

Music Theory for the 21st–Century Classroom is an openly–licensed online four-semester college music theory textbook. This text differs from other music theory textbooks by focusing less on four–part (SATB) voiceleading and more on relating harmony to the phrase.

Includes: Video with embedded start and stop times, homework assignments, practice tests

Open Music Theory

This book is an interactive, online “text” book for college-level music theory courses.

Includes: Interactive music-notation modules

Principles of Orchestration, with Musical Examples Drawn from His Own Works

This work by Rimsky-Korsakov illustrates composition for orchestra.

The Public Domain Song Anthology

This is a collection of 348 popular songs with modern and traditional harmonization. This resource was curated by two leading jazz repertory experts and consists of songs in the US public domain.

Includes: Lead sheets

Understanding Basic Music Theory

A concise introduction to the fundamentals of music theory. Reviews are available.

Understanding Music: Past and Present

This is a peer-reviewed open Music Appreciation textbook co-authored by music faculty across Georgia. The text covers the fundamentals of music and the physics of sound, an exploration of music from the Middle Ages to the present day, and a final chapter on popular music in the US. Reviews are available.

Includes: Audio/video clips, glossary

Music: Education

Assessment in Music Education: from Policy to Practice

This edited volume focuses on the alignment between assessment, curriculum structure and pedagogy in music education.

Brass Techniques and Pedagogy

Textbook for undergraduate brass methods course focusing on brass instrument techniques and pedagogy. Reviews are available.

Includes: Guided practice lessons, fingering charts, practice materials, terminology, additional resources

Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy

Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy presents short essays on the subject of student-centered learning, and serves as an open-access, web-based resource for those teaching college-level classes in music.

Music and the Child

This book explores a holistic, artistic, and integrated approach to understanding the developmental connections between music and children. This book guides professionals to work through music, harnessing the processes that underlie music learning, and outlining developmentally appropriate methods to understand the role of music in children’s lives through play, games, creativity, and movement. Additionally, the book explores ways of applying music-making to benefit the whole child, i.e., socially, emotionally, physically, cognitively, and linguistically. Reviews are available.

Includes: Activities, case studies, recommended resources, vocabulary

Music Education as Craft

Discusses the Craft of Music Education, bridges this profession to the past, present and future practices and theory in music education.

Narratives and Reflections in Music Education

Provides information and insights about narrative inquiry as a research method applied in music and arts education.

The Politics of Diversity in Music Education

The Politics of Diversity in Music Education attends to the political structures and processes that frame and produce understandings of diversity in and through music education practice, policy, and research.

Teaching Low Brass

This textbook focuses on two areas: basic information including pedagogical material for teaching low brass students and low brass etudes. The information is divided into several categories including brass history, the overtone series, general intonation tendencies, embouchure, instruments and equipment, literature, maintenance, vibrato, and low brass in the marching band. Etudes are incorporated in the appendix of the textbook. Instrument fingerings, slide positions, and simple warm-up material is also available in the appendix. It has been reviewed.

Includes: Etudes, fingerings, slide positions, warm ups, major scales

Teaching Singing in the 21st Century

This edited volume offers multiple perspectives on vocal pedagogy across music genres.

Visions for Intercultural Music Teacher Education

This edited volume highlights the importance of visions for intercultural music-teacher education in a time of increasing social complexity.

Vocal Techniques for the Instrumentalist, 2nd ed

The purpose of this text is to teach instrumental music education students about vocal production as it applies to solo singing. Beginning with a foundational understanding of breathing, singers will learn about the vocal instrument (anatomy), how to create clear, pleasant, tone (phonation and resonance), pronounce words clearly (articulation and diction) and how singing is similar, and different, from playing an external instrument. Reviews are available.

Includes: Assignments, exercises, practice log, glossary

Music: History

Essays on Music and History in Africa

This classic ethnomusicological survey provides as a valuable guide to African music. The essays review a broad swath of genres and topics, including court songs and music history, musical instruments in different traditions, and the connection between Islam and African music.

Licence: CC BY-NC-ND (Please note that the more restrictive license does not allow for editing or remixing of the work.)

Historical Anthology of Music by Women

This collection of 51 works by 37 composers spans eleven centuries of Western art music.

Licence: CC BY-NC-ND (Please note that the more restrictive license does not allow for editing or remixing of the work.)

Music of the Twentieth Century: A Study of Its Elements and Structure

This work discusses changes in musical approaches, including in rhythm, melody, timbre, and others, during the 20th century.

Musical Composition in the Context of Globalization: New Perspectives on Music History in the 20th and 21st Century

This book discusses the effects of cultural globalization on processes of composition and distribution of art music in the 20th and 21st century.

Open Access Musicology: Volume One

This essay collection provides an exploration of musicological analysis, with topic spanning from ancient Mesopotamian music to Jenny Lind.

Understanding Music: Past and Present

This textbook is co-authored by music faculty across Georgia. The text covers the fundamentals of music and the physics of sound, an exploration of music from the Middle Ages to the present day, and a final chapter on popular music in the United States. Reviews are available.

Includes: Audio clips, video, listening guides, chapter summaries, glossary

Music: Performance

Innovation in Music: Performance, Production, Technology and Business

This essay collection covers new developments in standard practice of sound design, engineering and acoustics. It also reaches into areas of innovation, both in technology and business practice.

Knowing in Performing: Artistic Research in Music and the Performing Arts

This book describes dynamic processes of artistic knowledge production in music and the performing arts. Please check the table of contents to find chapters in English.

A Musicology of Performance: Theory and Method Based on Bach’s Solos for Violin

This book presents a musicological framework for studying musical performance, focused on violin performance.

Playing to the Crowd: Musicians, Audiences, and the Intimate Work of Connection

Playing to the Crowd explores and explains how the rise of digital communication platforms has transformed artist-fan relationships.

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