The World Music Textbook is a new collaborative effort to create a free and broadly accessible resource for the general public, educators, students, and researchers alike. Its open collections of scholarly, peer-reviewed writing and multimedia materials focus on increasing access to underrepresented voices, writing styles, and audiences, all with undergraduate students and a broad readership in mind.

Call for contributions About the project

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And we’re off!

We are proud to share our first contributions and an extended resource listing. We invite scholars, musicians, and community members to submit materials for inclusion and continue to accept contributions on a rolling basis.

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Thanks to generous support from the California State University Affordable Learning Solutions initiative, we are able to offer $200 honoraria for contributors to this project. Please see the call for contributions for more details.

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Recently published chapters

James McNally, "Articulating Race and Nation in Brazilian Popular Song," (May 2021)

This article presents a cultural history of Brazilian popular song (canção popular) and the many musical genres that fall under its umbrella. From the early days of samba to contemporary popular styles, popular song in Brazil has long represented a site for negotiating complex questions of race, nation, and politics.

Activism Nationalism Politics Popular Music Race Latin America South America

SONG Seng, Catherine GRANT, "Stories of Cambodian Angkuoch: Documenting a Rare Musical Instrument, its Makers and Players," (Jan 2021)

This piece introduces the endangered Cambodian musical instrument Angkuoch, its makers and players, and a project documenting the making process. It also reflects on ethics of instruments in museum collections.

Heritage Musical Instruments Public Musicology Sustainability Southeast Asia

Christopher Witulski, "Rhythm and expectation," (Jan 2021)

This four-part series explores the relationship between rhythm, expectation, and experience. It describes musical terms and central concepts while using specific examples from Morocco to problematize western-centric binaries.

Musical Terms Sound Africa Global Middle East

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