Music in Pacific Island Cultures: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Global Music Series)

Music in Pacific Island Cultures: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Global Music Series)

By: Brian Diettrich (author), Michael Webb (author), Jane Freeman Moulin (author)Mixed Media

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Music in Pacific Island Cultures is one of several case-study volumes that can be used along with Thinking Musically, Second Edition, the core book in the Global Music Series. Thinking Musically incorporates music from many diverse cultures and establishes the framework for exploring the practice of music around the world. It sets the stage for an array of case-study volumes, each of which focuses on a single area of the world. Each case study uses the contemporary musical situation as a point of departure, covering historical information and traditions as they relate to the present. The islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia are steeped in diverse musical traditions that reach far beyond the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Music in Pacific Island Cultures is the first brief, single-volume text to provide a thematic, succinct introduction to the music of the Pacific Islands-a region of the world that has long been under-represented in ethnomusicological studies. Based on the authors' extensive fieldwork and experiences in Pacific Island cultures, the text draws on interviews with performers, eyewitness accounts of performances, vivid illustrations, and insights gained from ongoing participation in Pacific music. The authors use four themes-colonialism, belief systems, musical flows, and the re/presentation of Pacific cultures-to survey the region and draw parallels and contrasts between its various musical traditions. Packaged with a 70-minute audio CD containing musical examples discussed in the book, Music in Pacific Island Cultures features numerous listening activities that engage students with the music. The companion website includes a comprehensive Instructor's Manual with suggested classroom activities. Visit for a list of books in the Global Music Series. The website also includes instructional materials to accompany each volume.

About Author

Brian Diettrich is Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the New Zealand School of Music, Victoria University, in Wellington, New Zealand. Jane Freeman Moulin is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Hawai'i Michael Webb is Lecturer in Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Sydney, Australia.


Foreword ; Preface ; Orthography and Pronunciation ; CD Track List ; Prologue ; CHAPTER 1: DIVERSITY IN PACIFIC ISLAND MUSICS ; Polynesia ; Music as Words ; Communities of Sound ; Micronesia ; Music and Dance Practices ; Music as Expressions and Sentiment ; Music as Cultural Heritage and Identity ; Melanesia ; The Multi-Art Ceremony ; Materials and Musical Instruments ; Pidgin Languages and Music ; Summary ; CHAPTER 2: MUSIC AND COLONIAL EXPERIENCES ; Introduction ; Micronesia ; Early Colonial Appropriations ; Interfaces with Japan ; Interfaces with the United States ; Melanesia ; Ceremonial Culture as Folklore ; Time, Authority, and Militarism ; The "Singing Cowboy" and the Individual Self ; Polynesia ; Reconfiguring Celebration ; Himene Tarava ; Music for the Dance ; CHAPTER 3: MUSICAL EXPRESSIONS OF THE SACRED ; Introduction ; Polynesia ; Music in the Eglise Protestante Ma'oi ; Himene Tarava as Polynesian Hymnody ; Micronesia ; Music and Christian Worship ; Religious Music across Time ; Music and Indigenous Spiritual Practices ; Innovations in Contemporary Christian Music ; Melanesia ; Sound as Spirit Voices ; Christian Hymnody in Vanuatu ; Cargo Cults ; Summary ; CHAPTER 4: MUSIC AND GLOBAL FLOW ; Introduction ; Melanesia ; String Band ; Ailan Reggae ; Pop-"Tribal" Fusion Music ; Polynesia ; Island Songs ; Fusing Polynesian Cultures ; Haka Travels ; Micronesia ; Musical Networks across Pacific Boundaries ; Exchanging and Appropriating Dances ; Music and Migrant Communities in Hawai'i ; The Flow of Popular Music ; Summary ; CHAPTER 5: MUSIC, PERFORMANCE, AND REPRESENTATION ; Introduction ; Polynesia ; Tourism and the Hotel Show ; Festivalization and Cultural Tourism ; Melanesia ; The Cultural Festival for Community Benefit ; Melanesian Identity and the "World Music" Festival ; Melanesian Identity as "Pacific" Identity ; Micronesia ; Representations from Beyond the Pacific ; Performances for Pacific Island Others and Selves ; Epilogue ; Glossary ; References ; Resources ; Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780199733408
  • Format: Mixed Media
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780199733408
  • weight: 280
  • ISBN10: 0199733406

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