Volume 42

In an intriguing passage of his Theory of Harmony (1911, 1922), Arnold Schoenberg asserts that the direction in instruction should be into life itself. The life we lead today is confusing and contradictory as never before, in part because modern technology and communication have exposed us to extraordinarily valuable and…
College Music and the Engaged Campus A STATEMENT BY THE COLLEGE MUSIC SOCIETY (CMS) AAHE MEETING, WASHINGTON, D.C., OCTOBER 12, 2001 Background The College Music Society (CMS) is a professional organization of college music teachers. Members of the CMS Board of Directors represent the diversity and breadth of music in…
The CMS Committee on Advocacy has led two significant initiatives for music advocacy on behalf of the College Music Society in recent months. Their purpose was to establish a firm and enduring presence for music in the dialogue of issues pertinent to contemporary higher education. They both focused on the…
Blessed are the ones in music who discover at a very early age what they are destined to do throughout their lives. Mozart, I surmise, was one of them. The majority, however, struggle to decide or accept what the future will bring to them. Searching for a profession is something…
As music departments around the country explore ways to improve curriculum requirements and to make degree programs more effective in building quality musicians, it is an appropriate time to reevaluate Ear Training and Sight Singing classes. Certainly we all know, either from teaching these classes or from having been in…
Arts Administration (82), Bell Choir (156), Collegium (214), Music Librarian (213), New Music Ensemble (222), Piano Technician (107), Music Therapy (228)Ñthese are just a few of the music specialties followed by a rough count of faculty membersÕ names in each. My source of information, of course, is the 2001-2002 CMS…
My goal in this column is to convince those of you who have never experimented with free improvisation to try it. In earlier columns, I have mentioned that improvising is an absorbing part of my musical life, and I relish this opportunity to help you find your own music—the music…
The purpose of this report is to convey information that I presented at a panel session at the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) annual meeting in Dallas in November 2001. The panel presentation, "Music Education and Performance Programs: Isolation or collaboration?," was organized by Karen Wolff, Dean of…
In Part I, I provided data that outlined the growth occurring in music education vacancies in higher education. This growth combined with a national shortage of K-12 music teachers sets up a potentially compounding problem: fewer music teachers in our public schools means that there will be a smaller pool…
Editor's note: This is the third in a series of Newsletter articles on innovative ideas for changing the undergraduate music curriculum. The series is the result of a panel discussion that took place at the 2000 CMS National Conference in Toronto. During the 1999-2000 academic year, the Ithaca College School…
Lucy Mauro suggested some changes to sight singing and ear training classes. While I certainly agree on the necessity of changes, I disagree with some of the changes that were suggested and others that were omitted. Already in the structure of her article, we can see that Mauro strictly distinguishes…
Among the research topics and performances presented at the Southern Regional meeting of the College Music Society, held on the campus of Union University in Jackson (TN) in 2002, was a panel discussion on the issues and concerns for full- and part-time Non- Tenure Track (NTT) instructional faculty and staff.…
Scholars of sonata form will pardon my paraphrase of Fontenelle's eighteenth-century query, "Sonata, what do you want of me?," reformulated here for present-day performers: "Urtext, what do you want of me?" We live in an age that values the urtext, and that is a good thing. While I cannot speak…
It was a Puccini aria playing on an old victrola that made my grandfather's face redden as he strained to match the high, held note sung by the tenor. It was the picture of the purple-and-black-robed Lord High Executioner that transfixed my gaze while sitting next to my mother at…