(Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 24, 2022) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) recognized Don Bryn, instructor of music, for the publication of his new textbook, “Now Hear This.” The 13-chapter text engages students and encourages critical thought and excitement about music and how to overcome cultural and psychological resistance to unfamiliar music.
Bryn’s textbook is published by Great River Learning. In addition to the theme of confronting biases students may have against exploring genres and eras of music they may not particularly care for, the historical context of music through the ages is explored. Chapter quizzes and a final exam are included to make the text a viable standalone learning tool for online courses, while also having value for face-to-face and blended instruction methods.
SCF offers a two-year associate degree in music that is designed to for students planning to pursue a four-year music degree at the university. Additional opportunities exist for music majors and non-music majors alike to participate in ensembles or private lessons.