Welcome to Michael Bakan’s World Music Website!

Welcome to my website. Here you will find links and resources for my textbook, World Music: Traditions and Transformations, as well as PDFs of my publications on the ethnomusicology of autism, Balinese gamelan music, and other topics. Thanks for visiting, and please friend me on Facebook, too! For information on book purchasing, rental, etc., go to http://www.mheducation.com/highered/product.M0073526649.html. NOTE THAT THE “ORDER THE WORLD MUSIC TEXTBOOK” BOX LINK IMMEDIATELY TO THE RIGHT IS NO LONGER ACTIVE (I DON’T KNOW HOW TO DELETE THAT — WORKING ON IT!) SO USE THIS LINK INSTEAD.

You can also check out the McGraw-Hill Online Learning Center dedicated to the textbook by clicking here

Complete NEW Powerpoints for textbook!

Hello, World Music Instructors and Students!

I’m happy to share the following Powerpoint lecture notes for World Music: Traditions and Transformations, 2nd ed., which I created for my own Music in World Cultures class at Florida State University this past summer. Feel free to borrow/adapt as you see fit. Let me know if you find errors, glitches, etc., and I’ll fix them. Cheers, and best of luck with the new  semester!

Ch. 01–What is music

Ch. 02–How Music Lives

Ch. 03-06–How Music Works

Ch. 07–Indonesian Gamelan Music

Ch. 08–Indian Music

Ch. 09–Irish Music

Ch. 10–West African Musics

Ch. 11–Latin American Music

Ch. 12–Middle East

Ch. 13–Chinese Music

Lyrics and Translations for “Ashrei” CD

If you have acquired a copy of Omnimusica’s CD, “Ashrei,” and want access to the Hebrew prayer texts (in transliteration) and English translations, here they are:


Ashrei yoshvei vei’secha, ode yehalelucha Selah.
Ashrei ha’am shekacha lo, ashrei ha’am she’Ado-nai Elo-hav.
(Tehila le’David)

Happy are those who dwell in Your house; may they always praise You, Selah! Happy are the people for whom this is so; happy are those whose God is Adonai.
(A psalm of praise by David.)


Mi chamocha, ba’elim, Adonai?
Mi kamocha, nedar bakodesh, nora tehilot, osei feleh?

Who is like you, Adonai, among other gods?
Who is like you, glorious in holiness,
awesome in praises, doing miracles?


Shalom rav al Yisrael amcha
tasim l’olam,
ki atah hu Melech Adon
l’chol hashalom.
V’tov b’einecha l’vareich
et amcha Yisrael
b’chol eit uv’chol shaah bish’lomecha.

Grant abundant peace to Israel Your people forever,
for You are the Sovereign God of all peace.
May it be pleasing to You to bless Your people Israel
in every season and moment with Your peace.


Oseh shalom bimromav
hu ya’aseh shalom aleynu
v’al kol yisrael
vimru amen

He who makes peace in His high places
He shall make peace upon us
and upon all of Israel
and let us say, Amen.


Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam,
shehechehyanu, v’kiy’manu, v’higianu laz’man hazeh.

Blessed are You, Adonai, Sovereign of all
For giving us life, sustaining us, and enabling us to reach this season.

Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad.
(Barukh Shem kevod malkhuto l’olam va’ed.)

Hear, O Israel: Adonai our God, Adonai is One.
(Blessed is God’s glorious majesty forever and ever.)