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Dr. Michael R. Brown serves as the Head of the Music Education Department and Professor of Music at The Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. A native Georgian, he holds undergraduate degrees from Emmanuel College and Berry College and the Masters and Doctorate in Music Education from The University of Georgia.

Prior to service at The Mississippi State University, he held the positions of Chair of the Division of Fine Arts at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana and Director of Bands at Augusta State University and Truett-McConnell College and served as principal trumpet in the Augusta (GA) Symphony Orchestra. His publications include The Instrumentalist, the International Trumpet Guild Journal, Teaching Music, Faculty Dialogue, and Decision.

Michael lives in Starkville with his wife, Karen, Instructor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at MSU and their son, Andy. Their daughter, Laura, is a state auditor in Ohio and their son, Michael, is a college student in Indiana. He is an avid gardener and outdoorsman.


An Introduction to the History and Literature of Music in Western Culture

Brown, Michael R.
Publisher: Pearson Custom Publishing
Second Edition,2008
ISBN: 0555008940

This book is designed as an entering college music appreciation text or an advanced high school music appreciation/aesthetics text. In teaching music appreciation to college and high school students over the last 20 years, there are a number of goals, which preceded the completion of this text. It is my hope these goals will set this text apart from the many other fine texts that are available.



Pedagogical Duets: Trumpet Duets

Brown, Michael R.
Publisher: Wehr's Music House
Scholastic Edition,2005

In this set of duets for trumpet, trumpeter, and pedagogue Dr. Brown works to explore technical and musical development for the beginning to intermediate student. Beginning with such duets as Long Tones for Luke, and Ties for Tanya through pieces that explore rhythm, articulation, finger dexterity and concluding with pieces in odd meters and atonality. This is a wonderful set that you and your student may use for many years as they grow and explore their instrument and music.



An Introduction to the History and Literature in Western Culture: A Text for a Freshman Level Music Appreciation Course with a Two CD Set

Brown, Michael R.
Publisher: Pearson Custom Publishing
2004
ISBN: 0536758840

This book is designed as an entering college music appreciation text or an advanced high school music appreciation/aesthetics text. In teaching music appreciation to college and high school students over the last 20 years, there are a number of goals, which preceded the completion of this text. It is my hope these goals will set this text apart from the many other fine texts that are available. The main points of this book are as follows:

  • This is not a comprehensive history of music. In the texts I have used, I find in a single semester, there is too much material in most texts for students to comprehend. Most teachers do as I do, pick and choose material they expect the student to remember. Oftentimes, the student will read their text and remember reams of material, which I do not ask for on an exam. This is not wasted knowledge, but can be frustrating for the student. While major composers and forms are covered in this text, no attempt is made to be all encompassing. A criticism of this book might be that it is a "light" text in detail and length; I consider the "light" nature of the book to be a strong point.
  • It is my hope that the "light" nature of the text will help keep the cost down and be less expensive than some of the other fine books that are available.
  • There is a heavy emphasis of placing the history of music in the context of western civilization. Memorization of facts about music, forms, or musicians outside a comprehensive worldview is of little value and leads to music depreciation.
  • There are no music manuscript examples in this text. The ability to read music is a great attribute, but the lack of music ability should not be a detriment to the joy of music. This text is designed with the non-musician student in mind. Furthermore, it would be my hope that history or English teachers who are not musicians in small college settings or high schools, but are in need of a music appreciation/fine arts textbook, might use this text.
  • There are numerous art works that are requested in the body of the text. The cliché that "a picture speaks 1000 words" is true. Having visual masterworks provides the student a visual means to understand the period and style of the music studied. The artworks requested are documented in the text and have come from other textbooks. Since permission has been granted for other textbooks, I presume that permission can be granted for this one. However, if an artwork has become unavailable, I would have no trouble providing or accepting a substitute artwork.
  • The music CD is integrated into the text. The Music Analyses are placed in the text in a different font. It would be my hope that they would be shaded or blocked in the text to set them apart.
  • The bold faced terms are listed in the Glossary. Providing an easy access for the language of music for students who are only developing a music vocabulary is an important aspect of the book.
  • The driving philosophy behind this text is music education, not musicology. This book is designed for "the great unwashed" in terms of their knowledge of music. Most college students come to school with a very limited knowledge of music, as do most students in high school. The overriding goal of this text is to introduce them to the beauty of aesthetic joy through music and place music into their view of the world.



The Maintenance Book

Brown, Michael R.
Publisher: Wehr's Music House
Scholastic Edition,2000

Dr. Michael Brown, chairman of the Music Department at Mississippi State University, is an accomplished trumpeter and studied pedagogue. His method consists of a series of systematic exercises that develop the physical aspects of tone, flexibility, range, and technical velocity required for proficient trumpet playing. For the professional, The Maintenance Book provides exercises to maintain a high level of physical endurance and strength for the variety of trumpet literature and performance venues. For the student, it provides a method for developing those same physical skills over an extended period of time.