Experience Active Listening with the new, completely reinvented Listening Outlines in Connect Music. Kamien's online listening guides now allow students and instructors to seamlessly stream each chapter's full music selections from any device with a wireless or cellular connection, within Connect Mobile. The listening guides' new modern design continues to provide an interactive, visual representation of the piece's structure. And their new grading functionality makes it even easier to gauge whether a student listened to the full selection, while the auto-graded listening response questions give further insight into what a student has heard in the piece.
Experience Active Reading with Smartbook for Kamien's Music: An Appreciation, Brief. Available on its own or within Connect Plus Music, McGraw-Hill SmartBook™ is the first and only adaptive reading experience designed to change the way students read and learn. It creates a personalised reading experience by highlighting the most impactful concepts a student needs to learn at that moment in time. As a student engages with SmartBook, the reading experience adapts by highlighting content based on what the student knows and doesn't know. This ensures that the focus is on the content he or she needs to learn, while simultaneously promoting long-term retention of material.
Experience Active Learning with LearnSmart in Connect Music. Using Bloom's Taxonomy and a highly sophisticated “smart” algorithm, LearnSmart creates a customised study plan, unique to every student's demonstrated needs. Music clips within Kamien's LearnSmart allow students to apply their newly acquired chapter vocabulary, while allowing them to practice and build their active listening skills. With virtually no administrative overhead, instructors using LearnSmart report an increase in student performance by one letter grade or more.
A new Connect Music Correlation Guide for every Part of Kamien's Music: An Appreciation, Brief allows instructors to easily align the learning assets in Connect Music to their course objectives. Instructors are now able to decipher how each interactivity in Connect Music aligns to the text's topics and learning objectives. This results in Connect Music's ability to generate powerful reports, showing student progress toward key course outcomes.
New Virtual Field Trips in Music: An Appreciation, Brief prepare students to attend a musical performance or concert, which is often the capstone of the Music Appreciation course. Accessible in the chapter margins via QR Code, students are able to simulate this experience via their smartphone or tablet, without having to enter the concert hall. Virtual Field Trip performance reports in Connect Music allow students to apply their knowledge in a written response.
New 8th Edition discussions of important musical elements and time periods include: New discussions of Melody and Words and Song Forms in Part 1, section 5 explain the complex connection between words and melody and how the two combine to create song forms; Updates to the discussion of Music and Musicians in Society Since 1900 to include coverage from 1950 to the present day in Part 6, section 2; And a new section on Music in America in Part 6, section 12 provides a brief overview of the American musical landscape and a context for discussion of representative American composers, including Amy Beach and Eric Whitacre.
Accessing chapter audio selections on a computer or portable device is now easier than ever. The new edition of Kamien's Music: An Appreciation, Brief delivers the music in three ways:
Part Summaries at the end of each part aid student learning in two important ways: 1.) Summaries of key terms, principal forms, main composers, and style features tie the chapters of each part together, and encourage student review and retention. 2.) "Beyond the Classroom" materials prepare the student for further listening outside the classroom by going beyond the musical pieces and composers directly discussed in the text.
Listening Outlines and Vocal Music Guides within the text as well as Connnect Music for students to follow as they listen to the recorded pieces focus attention on musical events as they unfold and help develop students' listening skills.
Time-tested and class-tested organization consisting of short chapters provides faculty with the flexibility to pick exactly what they want to cover and easily communicate that information to students.
Richly illustrated part openers within the text provide historical and cultural context. Timelines, maps, and color photos illustrate important events or works of art.
Performance Perspective boxes, highlighting the role of performers in making music come alive.