Written in easy-to-understand, intermediate-level language, the material in Pulse is grouped chronologically and geographically, to allow you to focus on particular styles or periods. Pulse emphasizes the history of American music, from minstrel shows and musical theatre to rock, jazz, and classical styles. It's a complete overview of history - an essential element of musical knowledge. For only $10.95, Pulse gives you hundreds of biographical sketches, dozens of illustrations, and numerous short quizzes (ideal for homework assignments!).