Volume 40

Several months ago in The President's Comments (October 1999), I expressed my views on "globalization," which I defined as "the ways in which music and other aspects of culture have fewer borders and boundaries than ever before." Numerous examples of this phenomenon were made known to me and perhaps to…
Some time ago, I picked up a turn of the century theory manual at a library book sale. The manual was in many ways out of date, occasionally inaccurate, and also clumsy. And it was not longa bit over eighty pages in length, and pocket sizedonly slightly larger than a…
It was with the greatest pleasure that I accepted Dale Olsen's invitation to serve as Chair of the Committee on Cultural Diversity. This charge held a special attraction for me in light of my long-standing professional involvement with music and musicians often overlooked by traditional academic and concert institutions. Furthermore,…
My friend David, having just received his DMA, phoned me one day, elated to tell me that he was offered a teaching position at a liberal arts college. "Strong, active music department," he tells me, happily relishing the moment. "Lots of possibilities." His responsibilities would include private and group piano…
Michael L. Masterson, Northwest College (Wyoming) Because most Music Appreciation textbooks focus on the historical development of Western Art music, the professor who wants to help students find meaning in music of many styles from diverse cultures, including American music, must create his or her own format and develop the…
I read with great interest Brian Mann's recent essay on music appreciation: "A Response to Kivy: Music and `Music Appreciation' in the Undergraduate Liberal Arts Tradition (College Music Symposium, vol. 39, 1999). To my mind, Mann's recommendations for how music appreciation teachers can be true to their "charge to teach…
Recently I was invited to lecture in a colleague's class entitled The Philosophy of Music (in the Department of Philosophy). I was asked to bring in a multicultural perspective, since the course was dealing only with Western music. I decided to lecture on the music of the Warao wisiratu shaman…
This is my final "President's Comments" essay as my tenure as President of The College Music Society comes to an end. I wish to thank everyone who responded to my last nine essays. I hope this final one will not be seen as a farewell, but rather as further food…
This winter I spent several weekends by myself at our beach house on St. George Island in the Gulf of Mexico. As my mind reflected on Hemingway's love of ocean and shore, I wished I could write like him. I did find my weekend hermitages to be wonderful opportunities to…
Introduction David B. Williams, Illinois State University A key issue that has surfaced in the CMS music education forums, both at conferences and on the CMS listserv, is the need for self-examination of the music teacher training curriculum as it currently exists in institutions of higher education. Those attending the…