Encounter a Lifelong Exploration of Music Through... An emphasis onthree fundamental concepts--diversity, change, and developing listening techniques. Afocus on the listening processthat helps build listening skills founded on a knowledge of a basic music vocabulary. Samples of musical expression from around the worldthat demonstrate the artistic, social, and economic forces supporting music in our eclectic society. A concentration onthe principles of counterpoint and layering. Amulti-cultural approachthat enriches the learning experience and increases awareness of how various peoples organize sound into music according to their unique tastes, practices, and traditions. Ahost of listening examplesthat illustrate the music discussed in the text.Nichols, David C. is the author of 'Musical Encounters' with ISBN 9780132074575 and ISBN 0132074575.