Nelson publishes textbook

ECU School of Music faculty member Dr. Jocelyn Nelson has published the music appreciation textbook “Gateway to Music: An Introduction to American Vernacular, Western Art, and World Musical Traditions” with Cognella Academic Publishing.

The textbook, geared for the nonmajor undergraduate student, explores American vernacular music, Western art music and musical traditions throughout the world beyond the US and Western Europe, beginning with music most familiar to American students and radiating outward to the least familiar musical traditions. Each musical example explores musical elements, performance practices and cultural contexts.

School of Music faculty member Bo Newsome contributed images to the musical elements appendix to help students understand basic musical concepts.


Nelson has taught music history, music appreciation, lute and guitar literature, and early guitar and lute performance at ECU.