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Those of us whose lives are immersed in serious musicwe who compose it, perform it, teach it, attend concerts, buy recordings, in many respects live for it and in fact, make our living from itdo not understand why so few people in todays world have any interest whatsoever in this…
The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) has begun a multi-year review of its standards that are the basis for institutional program accreditation. This review will be a draft and redraft process based on comments on the standards proposal that will then supercede the current Handbook. The first now…
Music faculty teach music in many different situations. The starting point for a statement like ours is an interest in creating a more holistic approach to the study of music, in making connections between the various subdisciplines with which we are concerned, as well as interest in making a greater…
I had the privilege of addressing the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE) Symposium at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro recently. Representing CMS, I began this address with an assertion: that while the reason we were gathered there was to develop action plans to solve the problem of music teacher shortages in the United States, we…
Spring is a very important season of the year for The College Music Society. The Society’s ten regional chapters hold their annual meetings in February, March, April, or occasionally May. It is during these few months that more members of CMS gather together to share their musicianship, scholarship, professional concerns,…
Why must education in music for all individuals be the responsibility of every musician? The reason is that maximizing education in music for all individuals is the best way to insure the establishment of a culture of living in and through music toimprove the lives of all Americans. When we Live Through Music—that is,…
After a period of intense and focused learning and training, classical musicians face a job market that has limited opportunities to perform or teach. They have increasingly become aware that they can use the skills and values they learned in their musical education to forge careers outside of performance and…
While the above statement may seem simple, nothing could be farther from the truth. For example, what exactly do we mean by “education in music”? Tayloe Harding introduced a second version of that statement, namely “education through music.” How is that different from our original? And are both of these the same as “music education”?…
As I begin my term as President of CMS, I am reminded of the Mission Statement of our great organization and how clearly it reflects the hopes that so many of us hold for the music and higher education community. All of us working for CMScontinually ask, "How can the Society better or…
In 2001, members of the Center for Instructional Development and Research at the University of Washington published the final report of The Development of Graduate Students as Prospective Teaching Scholars: A Four-Year Longitudinal Study. Among their findings was a widespread concern that there is a lack of systematic supervision for…
Music is a human endeavor that is meant to be shared. Exceptions can be found where music is meant for personal enlightenment or meditation (e.g., Chinese ancient qin music and Japanese priests shakuhachi music). As long as the music is shared, someone is learning about the music and about the…
As I begin my term as President of CMS, I am reminded of the Mission Statement of our great organization and how clearly it reflects the hopes that so many of us hold for the music and higher education community. All of us working for CMS continually ask, “How can…
Community engagement for music faculty in higher education traditionally has fallen into the service category of the evaluative system, alongside serving on school and university committees. This category is universally the least valued in the promotion/tenure process and in determining merit pay, following creativity/scholarship by a great distance and following…
The shortage of music teachers available to public schools in the United States has been discussed by MENC The National Association for Music Education, CMS Board Members for Music Education Maud Hickey and C .Victor Fung, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the Journal of Music Teacher Education,…
...to connect the American public to its real musical pulse. In the spring of 2000, the CMS Committee on Advocacy began a Society-wide dialogue to consider the importance of music and music study and how it can be conveyed to a variety of populations in meaningful and effective ways. In…
During the first weekend of June, 2005, over 160 musicologists, distinguished scholars in sister disciplines, students, and members of the community convened at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, for an international conference on the pedagogy of the Renaissance, specifically the “Student, the Study Materials, and the Teacher of Music, 1470-1659.”   With the…
There is both an organist shortage and an organist surplus. For college/university organ teaching positions and large (particularly urban) church music positions, there is a surplus (but this comprises only about 1% of the organists job market). For the small churches (particularly rural ones), theres a looming shortage of organists…
Founded in 1931, the Music Library Association (MLA) was established to support music librarians and the specific challenges they face. Membership includes musicians, scholars, educators, industry professionals, and a preponderance of librarians, some of whom are also actively performing, teaching or researching music. Many MLA members work within a music library—in a large research institution, public and…