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Understanding Music: Past and Present is an 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 United States.

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Course Title

Music Appreciation

Course Number

MUSC 1100

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Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International License.



Publication Date

Fall 2015


University System of Georgia, University Press of North Georgia


music appreciation, classical music, popular music, physics of music, music theory


Music | Musicology | Music Theory

Understanding Music: Past and Present