Music around the World

A Global Encyclopedia

by Andrew R. Martin and Matthew Mihalka, Editors


Today more than ever, music can serve as the "language" through which members of diverse cultural groups can better appreciate one another.

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February 2020


Pages 1200
Volumes 3
Size 7x10
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Culture
  Popular Culture/Music and Performing Arts
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With entries on topics ranging from non-Western instruments to distinctive rhythms of music of various countries, this one-stop resource on global music also promotes cultural appreciation of other countries and cultural groups.

A perfect resource for students and music enthusiasts alike, this expansive four-volume set provides readers with multidisciplinary perspectives on the music of countries and ethnic groups from around the globe. Students will find Music around the World: A Global Encyclopedia extremely accessible and useful in their research, not only for music history and music appreciation classes but also for geography, social studies, language studies, and anthropology. Additionally, general readers will find the books appealing and an invaluable general reference on world music.

The volumes will cover all world regions, including the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Asia and the Pacific, promoting a geographic understanding and appreciation of global music. Entries will be arranged in alphabetical order, with a geographic listing in the frontmatter. A preface explains to readers the scope of the set as well as how to use the encyclopedia, followed by a brief history of traditional music and important current influences of music in each particular world region, including a brief history of traditional music and important current influences.


  • Presents information that is accessible for general readers but will also be useful to specialists and music scholars
  • Examines music from a geographical and cultural viewpoint, allowing students to make cross-cultural comparisons
  • Includes numerous sidebars and appendices that provide even more compelling information of interest to readers, such as information on top-selling artists and albums in various countries, biographies of well-known musicians, and other fascinating "fun facts" and statistics
  • Supports the National Geography Standards and AP Human Geography topics by examining cultural patterns, experiences, and influences
Author Info

Andrew R. Martin, PhD, is professor of music at Inver Hills College, Inver Grove Heights, MN, where he teaches courses in music history, music analysis, and percussion and directs the African music ensemble and steelband. A champion of new music and living composers, Martin has performed widely throughout the United States and Europe and shared the stage with such ensembles as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Prague Academy Orchestra, Slovak Radio Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Martin's research explores the global spread of steelpan and steelbands, American music, and popular and folk music and musicians during the Cold War. He has published widely on the above topics and presented numerous lectures and conference papers throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and China. Martin's research has appeared in several print sources, including the journals American Music; Pan Podium: The Journal of the British Steel Band Society; and The Journal of New York Folklore, and in reference works such as the Grove Dictionary of American Music. His book Military Might, Melodious Music: The US Navy Steel Band 1957–1999 is forthcoming in 2016. Since 2011, Martin has written a semi-regular column, "Pan Worldwide," in the Trinidad Guardian newspaper.

Matthew Mihalka, PhD, is an instructor of music and affiliated faculty in American studies at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He received his doctorate in musicology and ethnomusicology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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