Gateway to Music

An Introduction to American Vernacular, Western Art, and World Musical Traditions (First Edition)
Jocelyn Nelson
©2018, 632 pages

Paperback list price: $ 164.95

Cognella Direct Ebook: $84.95

You save $80 (48%)

Learn about all formats available for adoption

Bookstore Managers: contact to place an order

Customize Gateway to Music

* Required Fields

Your Customization
Gateway to Music

In stock


    A fresh, balanced approach that transcends the exclusively classical music focus of most other music appreciation texts.

    Gateway to Music: An Introduction to American Vernacular, Western Art, and World Musical Traditions broadens standard notions of music appreciation with an introduction to local and global musical traditions, blended with social, cultural, and historical contexts. It is an ideal text for undergraduate music appreciation courses, a useful supplement for major and non-major courses in music history and world music, and an engaging source for any music lover. No musical background is necessary for this reader-friendly text.

    Unit One focuses on music in the United States including sacred and secular traditional music, music for the stage and screen, jazz, and popular music. Unit Two takes the reader through western art music chronologically from antiquity through the medieval, renaissance, baroque, classic, romantic, and modern musical eras. Unit Three explores music in the Americas, Oceania, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, India, and Japan.

    Gateway to Music features playlist options which give readers a choice of musical examples. With each genre description, students are invited to find musical examples online with search terms, observe musical and contextual elements, and ask compelling questions. Diverse, noteworthy musicians speak directly to students in full page portraits with primary source quotations. Illustrated musical elements and musical instruments appendices show students the basic vocabulary and tools of music at a glance.
    The Second Edition will be published Spring 2024.

    Jocelyn Nelson earned her D.M.A. in early guitar performance with an emphasis in early music at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and from the University of Denver a dual M.A. in guitar performance and music history, and a B.M. Magna Cum Laude in guitar performance. Dr. Nelson has taught music history, music appreciation, and lute and guitar topics at East Carolina University. Her 2010 album of 16th century French guitar and vocal music with vocalist Amy Bartram, Ma Guiterre je te chante, garnered favorable reviews in France and England. Recent work includes research on early guitar notation for the collaborative Corpus des Luthistes project for publication with Brepol. She has recently presented on 16th century guitar music at the International Musicological Society “Tablature in Western Music” study group in Tours, France; and “Conversation Not Lecture: Musical Examples in the Music History Classroom and the Development of Aesthetic Discernment” on the American Musicological Society panel on Inclusivity and Equity in Music History Pedagogy, in Wilmington, North Carolina.
    Formats and Bulk Order Pricing for Confirmed Adoptions

    Publisher Direct Versions — Available through the Cognella Student Store for confirmed adoptions

    Best Value!
    Publisher Direct Ebook Publisher Direct ebooks are available in your Cognella account immediately after purchase and provide access for 180 days. Our ebooks run on RedShelf and VitalSource with annual/perpetual options available.
    Ships Free!
    Publisher Direct Paperback These special, discounted paperback editions are sold exclusively through the Cognella Student Store ( for confirmed adoptions. They are not available through other retailers. The books are printed on demand, do not have an ISBN, and are not intended for resale, which results in savings we pass along to students. Most Publisher Direct Paperbacks also come with free, immediate access to the first 30% of the ebook and FREE shipping.

    Bookstore Pricing (MSRP) — These suggested retail prices include a total projected mark-up of 25%

    Best Value!
    Inclusive Access Ebook
    We partner with both RedShelf and VitalSource to provide day-one access to students through campus bookstores. Bookstores and these vendors share in the total projected mark-up. Learn more about Inclusive Access at
    Binder Ready/Loose Leaf
    Talk to a rep for ISBN details
    Binder Ready versions have pages that are loose leaf, three-hole punched, and fit into any standard three-ring binder (not included). They are fully typeset, include front and back covers, and are available at a discount compared to standard paperbacks. Contact us for course adoptions; not available for individual purchase.
    $164.95 Paperback
    Standard paperback version. Contact us for course adoptions; also available for individual purchase through national wholesalers and retailers — and from our website directly — see Purchase button above.
    See more options
    $99.95 Ebook
    Ebooks are available for individual purchase (180-day access) through either RedShelf or VitalSource. Bookstores and these vendors share in the total projected mark-up.
    $264.95 Hardcover
    Great for libraries and rental programs. Contact us for course adoptions; also available for individual purchase through national wholesalers and retailers.
    $141.45 Other Formats
    Talk to a rep for details
    Other formats (spiral bind, perforated, etc.) may be available. Contact us for course adoptions; specialty formats are not available for individual purchase.
    Adopting instructors will receive sample syllabi, a letter from the author, instructor guide, chapter outlines, PowerPoint slides and a test bank.
    Watch the video by Jocelyn Nelson, which makes the case that breaking from the musical canon and allowing students the freedom to explore their own listening choices can enrich their learning experience and prepare them for modern experiences, interactions, and professions in music. The video includes student examples from Professor Nelson’s courses.

    View the interactive poster Jocelyn Nelson developed for her presentation on music appreciation curriculum at the 2020 College Music Society National Conference. Through this media, she speaks to the liabilities of using the musical canon and the value of providing students with listening choices instead.

    Gateway to Music: An Introduction to American Vernacular, Western Art, and World Music Traditions is the recipient of a 2019 Most Promising New Textbook Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association. Read about the awards and see a full list of 2019 winners.