Willoughby, D. (2007). The World of Music (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill.
In The World of Music (6th Edition) (2007), the author, David Willoughby has developed a textbook that is a great tool for teachers to use as a music listening guide. I found Mr. Willoughby’s textbook to be well thought-out, diverse in examples, and easy for all types of people to understand.
He includes several different large genres of music with multiple sub-types:
- American Music
- World Music
- Music of the Americas
- Music beyond the Americas
- Western Classical Music
- Music to 1600
- 20th Century
- American Classical
This textbook would be a great tool for an Introduction to Music class at a university, or even for an advanced music appreciation class in a high school setting. The styles of music that Willoughby utilizes are multi-cultural and also appealing to all different kinds of people.
“Although many people have become sophisticated in their use of music by learning to play instruments and perhaps even read music notation, significant musical experiences can happen with or without formal training. Not everyone creates music or performs it, but we all listen to it.” (pg. 3)