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BC's Open Educational Resources & Alternative Textbook Sites: Music Appreciation

Brooklyn College Library Digital Initiatives OER sites

Music 1300

Professor: Douglas Cohen, Conservatory of Music, School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts

Resource: LibGuides CMS—Music 1300


Professor Cohen noted in his proposal for this project:

"In 2006 faculty of the Conservatory of Music wrote and published their own textbook for Core Curriculum 1.3 (CC 1.3), Music: Its Language, History, and Culture. Published by Kendall-Hunt, the reader was bundled with a subscription to the Rhapsody music streaming service. The reader and music service were to give a skeletal structure for all instructors of CC 1.3 for the development of course content focusing on the individual musical strengths and interests of each instructor. We also wanted to keep the costs to students as low as possible by not taking any royalties. The result was a book and music service priced in the $60 range when a brief edition of a standard music appreciation text with CDs was priced around $140.

In 2014 our contract with Kendall-Hunt was fulfilled and in the spirit of our original concept we decided to make the reader, now used for Music 1300, available as a free PDF book under Creative Commons share and share alike licensing. This, along with the use of free (advertising supported) streaming music services, like Spotify, allows us to offer primary course materials to our students in Music 1300 at no cost to them."

The textbook is now multimedia, and expanded. The guide also provides a platform for additional content (audio, video and other materials) related to, but not a part of the book, and a place where visitors can contribute their own content or comments.


http://libguides.brooklyn.cuny.edu/music1300

Music Appreciation in OpenStax

texbook cover Since the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music owns the copyright to the textbook, Music: Its Language, History, and Culture, Professor Cohen agreed to make the textbook available globally through OpenStax.

OpenStax College is a nonprofit organization committed to improving student access to quality learning materials. Free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable, accurate, and meet the scope and sequence requirements of your course. The OpenStax platform allows users to easily revise and customize OpenStax course materials. All course materials may be downloaded and printed.