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Most people are in great need of financial planning. Musicians are no different. In general, the process and application of financial planning differs very little from individual to individualeveryone should at least consider the following process: set objectives, develop a plan, implement the plan, and then periodically review the plan.…
In the recent article, Music Degrees and Career Options: A Hot Topic (March 2004), Kathleen Lamkin summarized the career presentation and discussions that occurred at the 2003 CMS conference in Miami, Florida. Here are the salient questions that emerged from these talks: Are performing and teaching careers the only options…
In recent years, more and more institutions are beginning to include collegiality as a factor in faculty evaluation. Often, promotion and tenure committees (and administrators) are apprehensive because they are unsure of the legalities involved. They are also fearful that considerations of collegiality might spill over into considerations of popularity…
In January I wrote of change—both small and large—within the profession, the difficulties of affecting it, and the need to start somewhere. In response to that last issue, the CMS Board has posed a question to the membership for national discussion: Given three wishes, what would you change about your…
In 2001, the CMS Board developed the concept of a common topic of interest to the Society that would be discussed at both regional and national levels. For 2003, the topic was What You Can Do with a Degree in Music: Career Options Outside of Teaching and Performance. Following discussions…
Perspectives inform or remind readers about the beginnings of the MGS emphasis within CMS (1977-1985), including curricular issues that were emphasized in workshops, convention presentations, and published articles during the 1980s. Much of the information was taken from the Wingspread Report (1981), curricula of four summer Institutes for Music in…
As the New Year rolls around, activities abound within The College Music Society. By the end of this month, the 2004 Program Committee will have considered more than 200 proposals from members for presentation at the 2004 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Various task forces and committees, appointed because of…
As a freelance trombonist in Los Angeles, I have observed many musicians recently graduated from university programs. Many have abundant skills and are perfectly qualified to be .... music students. A substantially smaller number possess a professional mindset. Are we, in higher education, doing all that we can to prepare…
Background Assessment has become a buzz-word in higher education. Administrators are seeking better ways to evaluate academic departments, their programs, and their protés. Perhaps due to grade inflation, traditional letter grades no longer appear to be sufficient. In addition, student evaluation of faculty can be flawed. Because of the personal…