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Was it Woody Allen who first said, "I wouldn't want to be a member of a society that would claim me as one of its members?" Perhaps, in his humorous statement, Allen hit on an important issue. The romantic notion of individuality-a school of thought that musicians and scholars must…
Enrollment surveys show that the cultural distribution found among students enrolled in college music programs is somewhat different from that of the general college student population. Representation of African-American, Asian, Hispanic, and Native American students is consistently lower in music programs than one might expect, considering their representation campus-wide. 1…
The process of exploring usually begins with finding an appropriate starting point. From there, we are directed to yet another point that offers a hub for additional avenues. The process continues until we reach a destination, locating the desired information or have compiled enough information to continue on a specific…
Throughout history, the musician has been considered an artist -- an extraordinary being, capable of impressive feats of expression. For Plato, the artist possessed the power of divine inspiration, having left reason behind and entered an altered state of consciousness. For Aristotle, the artist served as a conduit for creative…
Schoenberg credited his students with helping him learn the principles of harmony practiced by Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner, and Brahms. What they had learned together, Schoenberg codified in his book Harmonielehre (1911), which he hoped would supersede all previous textbooks. In his youth, Schoenberg had escaped the experience of studying assigned…
Robert M. Trotter teaching at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, 1985   It is quite appropriate that this volume of the College Music Symposium be dedicated to Robert M. Trotter in recognition of a life that reflected his commitment to improving the art that he loved and the profession that…
By May of 1995, the future of federal art subsidies may have been decided in Congress, state budgets may have already been slashed—or maybe not. Frequently, the wheels of government move slowly and haltingly, more like those of a rough-hewn oxcart than a modern car. You are probably thinking that…
This summer two profound experiences shook me out of any complacency I might have felt in looking at the world around me. The first was the CMS International Conference in Berlin this June. My role as President did not compel me to go; I wanted to go. The attractions? A…
Courses in music esthetics have been marginal to the college curriculum, possibly for two reasons: (1) The subject itself seems so amorphous that we are impatient in our search for key and all-embracing ideas that would fit into our standard course designs. (2) Esthetics embraces so many different disciplines that…