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It has come to my attention that music is now being produced by vegetables. No, this is not a dig at musicians; they are PLAYING the vegetables! According to the "Vegetable Orchestra" website (www.gemueseorchester.org), "the First Viennese Vegetable Orchestra consists exclusively of vegetable-based instruments, although where necessary, additional kitchen utensils…
At the 2005 CMS meeting in Quebec, the session "Bridging the Communications Gap between Classical and Popular Musics" stirred in my mind a reflection upon individuals who bridged this gap and transmitted music through what I call "lightbridges." Without giving up high standards, and as long as their energy, their…
The Doctor of Arts degree at Ball State University was launched in the late 1960s in an effort to offer a degree plan that specifically prepared graduate students for college and university teaching; Ball State was one of the early programs. While other doctoral programs might offer specialized internships or…
In 2004, the CMS National Common Topic was: “Given three wishes, what would you change about your role as a musician/teacher in academe, your community, and in American society?” A great deal of fine national dialogue on this topic emerged at the time that informed subsequent (and now current) agendas…
"How can I help persons learn to love more music than they do and learn to love more the music they already love?" was a question President Tayloe Harding asked at the 2004 national conference in San Francisco. As the Board Member for Music in General Studies, I seek to…
The Wingspread Conference on Music In General Studies was held at the Johnson Foundation Conference Center in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1981. The purpose here is to discuss the background, goals, and outcomes of this Conference, particularly the workshops and conferences that followed. From the earliest days of CMS, its governing…
The College Music Society is an organization with a proud tradition of imagination and cultural inclusion. Its membership has regularly elected highly qualified officers hailing from various ethnic backgrounds. Two such individuals come to mind immediately: the distinguished Cuban-American pianist Nohema Fernandez and the renowned ethnomusicologist Dale Olsen. Their leadership…
Americans see many benefits to diversity in higher education, finds first-ever national poll on topic: Public says diversity education can bring together a society that is growing apart thus reads the headline for a news release of the Campus Diversity Initiative dated 6 October, 1998. This first-ever national poll on…
The College Music Society'continues its focus on our profession's commitment to providing education in music to those regularly referred to by us as non-music majors. Featuring articles from current and former Board Members for Music in General Studies (MGS), as well as from other persons of high expertise in the area, this issue is particularly timely. As…
The introduction of the software sampler in the last ten years has enabled sound designers to create electronic copies of historic keyboard instruments, utilizing the enormous memory capacity and data processing speeds of the personal computer. When the proper acoustic instrument is selected, prepared correctly, and sampled with state-of-the art…
As dedicated and inquisitive members of the academic community for Music in General Studies, we are interested in discovering what works, what doesn't, and where we should take Music in General Studies in the future. Whatever we decide should be said, the person saying it will need to use the…
In the fall of 2004, I was privileged to organize and chair two sessions relating to Music in General Studies at the CMS national conference in San Francisco. Diverse in their content and intriguing in the ideologies and perspectives that they conveyed, these sessions were well attended and led to…
The Native American music class I teach satisfies the General Education, non-Western, upper-level division requirement for University of Oklahoma students. Over the past ten years, I have personally taught this class to over 2,000 students. In addition to teaching this course, I oversee the World Music Program, which has over…
Once upon a time, not so very long ago and not so very far away, there was a woodsman who lived in a deep forest. One fine day the ruler of that forest sent a message to the woodsman. "Find for me the most wonderful, the most beautiful tree in…
In recent days, as I contemplated what to share with CMS members, my attention was continually summoned away to the dizzying array of Mozarteum on performing groups' programs as we cranked up the celebration of the 250th anniversary of his birth. This most luxurious of distractions led me to a recurring vision: one of a bumper sticker…
By the time most of The College Music Society membership reads this September Newsletter the 49th Annual Meeting of CMS in San Antonio will be over and the Society’s attention will be focused upon the commemoration its first fifty years during the celebration year that will run from November, 2007…
Wall Street wants to change the fact that women remain the minority sex on the Street, because the financial world needs a diverse work force to make money and court clients especially as its clients are no longer homogeneous (New York Times 2006, p.1). Joe Gregory, President of Lehman Brothers…
As we look back at the Wingspread Conference it becomes apparent that this was a significant attempt to address an area of responsibility that is essential to the place of music in higher education and our culture. It should be noted that to do so requires the cooperative efforts of…