Volume 34

In a somewhat quixotic sense, the current state of arts education in the United States might be said to reflect the rather limited vision of the classical Sisyphus, ancient Greek King of Corinth, who was doomed forever to roll uphill a heavy stone, only to watch in perpetual frustration and…
The human mind not only has the capability to acquire knowledge but also to comprehend and manipulate a level of understanding often implied only by the knowledge itself. Thus far, however, traditional work in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) aimed at modeling the mind through rule-based heuristics has not…
As a music historian, I generally agree with Michael Greene's insistence that funding for music in education needs a substantial increase, and that we must revise the musical canon to include musics of all cultures and traditions. I would add that we must cultivate music's multicultural affinities for interdisciplinary enrichment…
Each year, when faculty evaluations, promotion-tenure deliberations, and annual reports roll around, administrators and faculty alike pay dutiful and rightful homage to the trinity of academe: Teaching, Research, and Service. In seeking to establish a perception of accountability, academia and its support systems, both public and private, have traditionally relied…
When I applied for the job of Director of The Hartt School Community Division, I was working as Assistant Director of NASM, so I knew Hartt's Dean, Donald Harris. I called him to say I was interested in the job. He asked, with surprise, "Why would you be interested?" After…
I became Chairman of NARAS in 1985, and its first full-time President in 1987. We are a 35-year-old organization that represents over 9,000 members. These people are songwriters, musicians, producers, engineers, and many other creative and technical members of the recording community. They are rappers, metalheads, classical and jazz performers,…
Editor's Note: Robert M. Trotter was the first Board Member for Music in General Studies, appointed to the position by President Robert J. Werner after its creation by the Board. Professor Trotter did much to define the area of Music in General Studies and to lead the dialog concerning the…
Robert Moore Trotter, Past President of The College Music Society and Dean Emeritus of the School of Music of the University of Oregon, died on Thursday, September 1, of complications following a bout with hepatitis contracted in Morocco in the late 1980s. He was a pianist, oboist, musicologist, master teacher,…
In a most articulate and stimulating address, Michael Greene, President of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, challenged the members of The College Music Society to adopt pro-active positions that could halt our nation's artistic and cultural decline. His message was compelling. He cited statistics showing that per…
Everyone is talking about characteristics of academic discourse. Heated exchanges over political correctness, power-establishing exchanges, and classifications of people, music, and styles of expression seem to follow me as I move around the country. We have an ever-present and appropriate concern with our style of communication and the interpersonal, intellectual,…
"Art gives us the opportunity for stillness in the midst of chaos." "Artists close their eyes in order to see." "Art challenges despair." "Art saves lives." Statements such as these energized Art-21: Art Reaches Into The 21st Century, the first conference of its kind sponsored by the National Endowment for…
In 1946, after waiting sixteen months for return transportation from Okinawa, I was finally discharged to civilian life, with just a weekend of "family leave" before the beginning of classes at Wellesley. Though Wellesley had "saved" my job (an instructorship, at $1800), after nearly four years in the army, my…
Revolution can bring about the overthrow of an established governing system. Another type of revolution can change models of thought or technology. The word "revolution" is used also to describe one orbit of a heavenly body around another. In other words, one complete revolution brings you back where you started.…
In his keynote address at the 1993 Meeting of CMS, Michael Green discussed the declining place of the arts in the United States. Funding for the arts specifically, for music education is decreasing year by year. The amount of time spent on the arts in the public schools is also…
The term "multimedia" once conjured up thoughts of a sound/slide presentation; however, today's computer-based multimedia products can interactively link text, still graphic images, full-motion animation, digital video and sound. The massive storage and memory needed for multimedia were once beyond the general user, but the affordability of CD-ROM (a "Read-only"…
Academic cooperation is generally understood today as a desired mode of operation for colleges and universities. Cooperation and support are the most conducive elements for a successful education program. Cooperation does not mean simply agreeing with all directives, changes, or proposals from colleagues and administrators. Recently, Barbara Reeder Lundquist called…
On March 11, 1994, U. S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley received the first set of national voluntary standards for use at the K-12 level. Given traditional priorities about elementary and secondary education, one might have expected that English, science, history, geography, mathematics, foreign languages, or even civics would be…
The relationship between university and community should be a very special kind of two-way street in which each contributes to the good health of the other. Concerning music, I believe there is some growing disease that might be cured if the university and community aim in the right direction. What…
The much-talked-about National Standards for Arts Education were presented on March 12 to Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley as part of the education reform effort currently on the congressional agenda. Artists, educators, and policy-makers representing over 80 music, dance, theatre, and the arts education groups formed a consortium in…