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Volume 32

In the May 1992 issue of the CMS Newsletter, articles by Dale Olsen and Robert Brown present two different views of the relationship between "ethnomusicology" and "world music," seen by one author as overlapping areas in the current curriculum and by the other as conflicting models of approach. Dale Olsen…
This is a note directed to teachers of music in general studies courses and to teachers of other literature courses. It is to encourage you to consider whether your courses could benefit from upgrading and updating your visual enrichment materials and from using them, perhaps, in a more systematic and…
Four days after graduation on 22 May 1991 the President of Dominican College informed the Chair of the Department of Music that following the advice of the Strategic Academic Directions Plan Committee, the undergraduate and graduate music majors were to be terminated 25 May 1992. The reasons cited were the…
Theory and musicianship are longstanding subdisciplines within the study of music. In the music academies that transmit the essential skills and sensibilities of the art music tradition of Western Europe, these terms have been understood, for the most part, as encompassing the conceptual and practical aspects of musical activity. Although…
Throughout history, two contrasting views of the nature of music education have prevailed. One proclaims that music lies at the center of the general educational curriculum because it is a key to the development of the moral and civilized person. The other acknowledges that the position of music vis-a-vis the…
As you see, your President has changed names, jobs, and addresses but my commitment to The College Music Society and the work we are doing remains the same. In fact, in my new role as Dean of a fine school of music, I am more convinced than ever of the…
Although many musicologists devote a significant amount of time and energy to undergraduate teaching, discussions of teaching at meetings or in print have been relatively rare. The session "Musicology and Undergraduate Teaching" at the combined AMS/CMS meeting in New Orleans in 1987 and its subsequent publication in the 1988 issue…
Every performer and presenter of twentieth-century music needs to be aware of the basics of performing rights licensing, and licensing fees need to be included as part of a basic budget for all concerts requiring licensing. But where to begin? How to know if a license is needed? Or if…
Origin and Background of the Terminology To my knowledge, the origin of the term world music dates to the early 1960s at Wesleyan University, when I thought it up in order to distinguish a new Ph.D. program there from ethnomusicology programs already in existence. I still recall the shyness I…
Introduction Many Music Departments and Schools of Music in the United States have increasingly been expanding their curricula by developing ensembles, 'courses, and even programs that emphasize non-Western musics. Thankfully, to my knowledge no such emphases have been officially termed "non-Western"-to do so would be to divide the world into…