The Avid Listener

Dedicated to the idea that music criticism can be both literate and fun to read, The Avid Listener features weekly essays about popular, world, and Western art music written by rising scholars from all over the United States. This ever-updating accompaniment to Norton's renowned music list gives readers the skills to analyze and discuss some of their favorite tunes while learning about practicing musicians, the industry, and new trends. With The Avid Listener, readers will discover how to listen broadly and deeply, to approach music with a curious spirit and a sense of adventure. And with discussion questions appended to each essay, readers can test their own critical skills by engaging in thoughtful debate with listeners all over the world.

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About the Authors

Andrew Dell'Antonio is co-editor of The Avid Listener and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas, Austin. His research interests include musical historiography, feminist/queer theory, and cultural studies, and he has recently written about contemporary popular music and the fashioning of a postmodern critical stance. He is co-author of The Enjoyment of Music (W. W. Norton).

Felicia M. Miyakawa (Ph.D., Indiana University) is co-editor of The Avid Listener and independent scholar based in Austin, Texas. Her research interests include Hip-hop music and culture, Black Nationalism, American Popular Music, African-American music and literature, gender and pedagogy, and queer studies. She has recently written about spirituals, song traditions, and Hip-hop pedagogy. She is series co-editor of Profiles in Popular Music (Indiana University Press) and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Society for American Music.

Grant Phelps is managing editor of The Avid Listener and editorial assistant for music at W. W. Norton. He studied mechanical engineering at Yale University, where he played tenor saxophone with various ensembles and continued his studies in music theory.

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Special thanks to Jeffrey Fauver, Andrew Flory, Chris Freitag, Susan Gaustad, Sarah Gerk, Xian Gu, Sara Haefeli, Steve Hoge, Michael Jaoui, David Metzer, Maribeth Payne, Andrew Ralston, Julia Reidhead, Natasha Zabohonski, and Laurel Zeiss for their invaluable support and advice.

Dedicated to the idea that music criticism can be literate and fun to read, The Avid Listener fosters weekly discussions between scholars and novices alike.

Listen. Write. Discuss. Repeat.

Norton Music

A History of Western Music

J. Peter Burkholder, Donald Jay Grout, and Claude V. Palisca

The Enjoyment of Music

Kristine Forney, Andrew Dell’Antonio, and Joseph Machlis