Volume 53

Chances and Choices: Exploring the Impact of Music Education, by Stephanie Pitts. London: Oxford University Press, 2012.  ISBN: 978-0199838776 It is often said that “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” In this case, one cannot judge this book by its title, either. Chances and Choices is based on…
 Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ, by Mark Katz. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0195331127. In the four decades since hip-hop developed in the Bronx and became a national cultural phenomenon, there have been few monographs on the hip-hop DJ as in-depth and as…
Introduction to the Music Industry: An Entrepreneurial Approach, by Radbill, Catherine Fitterman. New York: Routledge, 2013. ISBN: 978-0415896382 In her book entitled Introduction to the Music Industry: An Entrepreneurial Approach, Catherine Fitterman Radbill, Director of New York University Steinhardt School’s Undergraduate Music Business Program, presents the basics of working and…
Playing Beyond the Notes: A Pianist’s Guide to Musical Interpretation, by Deborah Rambo Sinn. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0199859504. Piano teachers often say things like “play with more feeling” or “make that line sound like a clarinet” or “use a joyful forte, not an angry forte.” Students…
Tapestry: Chamber Music by Elliott Schwartz, Métier msv28537 Tapestry: Chamber Music By Elliott Schwartz contains a quarter century-long survey of the American composer’s musical perspectives, but the variety of musical and historical influences on this collection of four works reaches into a much deeper past, as Schwartz’s personal connections with the…
The World of Music, David Willoughby. 7th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012.  ISBN: 978-0078025167 In his book The World of Music, David Willoughby, former head of the Music Department at Susquehanna University, presents a concise, yet comprehensive, history of music. By avoiding excessively technical jargon, Willoughby is able to connect…