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Editors's Note: See below for  A Response by Nancy Van de Vate   A Response by Elliott Schwartz   A Response by Jeremy Beck Composers today live in a pluralistic age. The profusion of different styles as well as the vast resources of music history at their disposal create a…
The problem In spite of long-standing debates over canons, the liberal arts, and Eurocentric curricula proceeding elsewhere in the academy, music departments have proved fairly resistant to the post-modernist inspired intellectual revolution. The term "cultural diversity" has, in most instances, epitomized the drive for a curriculum that embraces more than…
The efficacy of mentoring as an agent for strengthening the fabric of academic life appears to be gaining acceptance, if the frequency with which the topic is mentioned is any indication. In spite of the reluctance of young professionals to reveal that they weren't born knowing how to be maximally…
Globalization A term that is often tossed around these days at ethnomusicology and area studies conferences is "globalization," which I define as the ways in which music and other aspects of culture have fewer borders and boundaries than ever before. The recent CMS international conference in Kyoto was a unique…
Familiar Tunes I enter the CMS presidency at a time of perhaps the greatest cliché in our history: "Into the Next Millennium." How many times have we heard that, or one of its derivatives? Time, of course, has no millennium markers—neither do the animals nor inanimate objects (except for our…
Contemporary classical music as we know it in the West is being composed and performed in present-day Tibet, although not in large quantity and primarily in the capital city of Lhasa, where there is also a small symphony orchestra and a conservatory, the Art Music School of Tibet. Jo Ker,…
CMS—The "Complementarity" Music Society One of the most inspiring essays I have read in a long time is entitled "An Attempt at a Synthetic Paradigm," by Russian folklorist/ethnomusicologist Izaly Zemtsovsky (see reference below). In it he is advocating a new paradigm for the discipline of ethnomusicology which is based on…
Lonely Sounds Blowing in the Wind—Voice of the shakuhachi  -A Haiku by Rev. John Seniff The shakuhachi, an ancient Japanese bamboo flute, is my major performing instrument. In 1981 I was honored to earn a natori diploma in Kinko-ryû (Kinko school) shakuhachi and a professional Japanese name (Bai-ô)from a Kyoto-born…
This year, 1999, is the 40th anniversary of The College Music Society. It is also the year of my 40th high school reunion. Indeed, 1959 was a year that certainly came to have a great effect on me! Since I often say that I am now finally a mature young…
Since its appearance in the 1970s, rap has been hailed as the late 20th century's cultural counterpart to the music of the black blues queens of the 1920s, and dismissed as being neither black nor music. An extraordinary range of academicians, essayists, and political figures, from Cornel West to Pat…
This era of budgetary accountability has led to the assignment of many World Musics courses to non-specialists. Most musicologists, theorists, and performance instructors have had contact with non Western-produced music only as examples of exoticism employed in solidly Western art music frameworks. Few music educators have experienced more than watered-down…
There comes a day in the life of all college music teachers when a task or assignment is given for which they are truly unprepared. For many, that dreaded assignment is the instruction of a large section of General Music. How is this done? Will it be "unenjoyable"? Can students…
Can those of us in the music field create more of an audience for classical and other noncommercial music? Can we influence the music business so that it provides more opportunities and financial rewards for performers, composers, and authors? I believe we can, but to accomplish these goals, we need…
The primary role of the college music library has been to supply books, scores, and sound recordings supporting music department curricula. Music libraries have traditionally been collections of Western classical art music. The tools and methods used by librarians to deal with these collections make assumptions that music is written…