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World Music


An online and open resource for teaching and learning ethnomusicology and musicology

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.

Recently published chapters

March 10, 2022

Music and Nationalism

By Kristina Nielsen, Jessie Vallejo

This article offers an overview of musical nationalism. It considers how states have used music as a political tool as well as the ways in which communities have employed music to reject national identities and challenge nation-states.

Activism / Immigration / Music Notes / Nationalism / Politics / Global

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March 10, 2022

Music and Nationalism: Annotated Playlist

By Kristina Nielsen, Jessie Vallejo

This is an annotated playlist on the topic of music and nationalism. It can be used to accompany the World Music Textbook article "Music and Nationalism."

Activism / Immigration / Music Notes / Nationalism / Playlist / Politics / Global

May 5, 2021

Articulating Race and Nation in Brazilian Popular Song

By James McNally

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

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January 22, 2021

Stories of Cambodian Angkuoch: Documenting a Rare Musical Instrument, its Makers and Players

By SONG Seng, Catherine Grant

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