Gateway to Music Wins Most Promising New Textbook Award

Gateway to Music Wins Most Promising New Textbook Award

The Textbook & Academic Authors Association recognizes Cognella textbook for excellence

 San Diego, CA – March 19, 2019 – Gateway to Music: An Introduction to American Vernacular, Western Art, and World Musical Traditions, written by Jocelyn Nelson, has received a Most Promising New Textbook Award from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association (TAA).

Works nominated for the Most Promising New Textbook Award are judged by a panel of textbook authors and subject matter experts for merit in pedagogy, content and scholarship, writing, and appearance and design. Gateway to Music is one of ten textbooks to be awarded the honor in 2019.

“I’m thrilled to receive this recognition from TAA,” said Jocelyn. “I’m especially grateful for my family’s loving support, Bo Newsome’s beautiful musical elements illustrations, the generous time and expertise of many colleagues toward quality of scholarship, and Cognella’s outstanding team of professionals. Gateway to Music is about music, music makers, and listeners in many different cultures and times. I hope this book is able to illuminate these many fascinating and inspiring stories for students.”

The awards will be presented to the winners at TAA’s 32nd Annual Textbook & Academic Authors Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 14, 2019.

“We’re delighted Jocelyn and her textbook have been recognized by TAA,” said Jamie Giganti, Director of Academic Publishing at Cognella and the project editor for Gateway to Music. “This is the culmination of years of hard work on her part, and we couldn’t be happier to be her publisher. The book is a testament to her passion, unique scholarly perspective, and boundless expertise.”

“When incredible textbooks such as Gateway to Music receive public accolades, it means so much to the Cognella team and reminds us that our unique, author-driven, and innovative approach to publishing is truly something special,” said Cognella CEO Bassim Hamadeh. “Congratulations to Jocelyn Nelson and everyone on her publishing team who helped to bring her truly outstanding text to life.”

Read the blog post by TAA to peruse the full list of 2019 Textbook Award winners.

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 About the Textbook & Academic Authors Association
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