Volume 36

It had been a very long morning. After a grueling two-and-a-half hour oral exam and an hour-long "performance" test, the designated examiner was grinning, shaking my hand, and congratulating me—I had passed. For a few minutes I reveled in the thought that I was finally independent and would not have…
Over the next decade, university music schools will be affected by many factors. Changes in funding sources and processes, shifting demographics, unstable technology, and fluctuating enrollments and job markets are important issues. According to a recent article in the New York Times, audiences for symphonies, opera, and drama are graying,…
I think most of us have a tendency to take for granted the democratic way of life. We are quick to praise it, and we consider it our "right." If pressed to define it, we usually describe a system of representative government in which we, the citizens, govern ourselves through…
The problem with our profession is that we are forever running just to keep up with our duties. How many of you can relate to 16-hour days? . . . to weekends spent trying to "catch up"? No wonder we frequently retreat instinctively into ruts for the sake of self-preservation.…
My father was an artist. He never spread paint on a canvas, played an instrument, or wrote a poem. But he was an artist, and he was wise. Each day was his canvas, the spirit of adventure was his instrument, and his simple faith that we can accomplish anything we…
This article is an attempt to summarize in print the multimedia keynote address I delivered at the annual ATMI/ CMS meeting in Portland, OR on November 10, 1995. The presentation contained many demonstrations of how networked multimedia technology can redefine the college music infrastructure and improve services to students, faculty,…
Congress's actions on the NEA last year demonstrated the political vulnerability of the arts in this country. While troubling, that was merely symptomatic of much deeper but less immediately apparent social and economic concerns that face the arts at the end of the 20th century. This essay is written in…
As the twentieth century nears its end, calamitous events in our nation and across the globe remind us that human beings are far from knowing how to live together peacefully, and the negotiation of difference, whether between pro-life and pro-choice activists or Hutus and Tutsis, seems impossible. However, an examination…
". . . helping campuses create a culture where good teaching can thrive." These words form the concluding phrase in an intriguing collection of reports by faculty in a variety of academic disciplines. Called "Making Teaching Community Property: A Menu for Peer Collaboration and Peer Review," the volume is one…