Music around the World
A Global Encyclopedia [3 volumes]
by Andrew R. Martin and Matthew Mihalka, Editors
September 2020, 1017pp, 7x10
3 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-498-8
$335, £258, 292€, A459
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Today more than ever, music can serve as the “language” through which members of diverse cultural groups can better appreciate one another.

With entries on topics ranging from non-Western instruments to distinctive rhythms of music from various countries, this one-stop resource on global music also promotes appreciation of other countries and cultural groups.

A perfect resource for students and music enthusiasts alike, this expansive three-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 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 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 are arranged alphabetically. A preface explains 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.


  • 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
Andrew R. Martin, PhD, is professor of music at Inver Hills Community 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. Since 2011, Martin has written a semi-regular column, "Pan Worldwide," in the Trinidad Guardian newspaper.

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


LJ Best Reference of 2020—Library Journal, March 1, 2021


"Libraries serving students and anyone interested in expanding their musical horizons will be well-served by this rich and thoughtful reference work."—Booklist, December 15, 2020

"A successful dive into global music culture in an easy-to-digest format for beginner researchers."—Library Journal, February 1, 2021
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