Volume 53

Abstract Jazz history professors and book authors may be prejudicing their students’ impressions of jazz by including negative biographical information about the major musicians. This author scrutinizes biographical presentations that are unnecessarily disparaging of the musicians, including too much data that is musically inconsequential. Some of these instances illustrate how…
 Abstract All tuning systems except equal temperament (ET) have small irreconcilable mathematical discrepancies. In particular, just intonation (JI), espoused by Zarlino and other Renaissance theorists as an ideal tuning system, was already known in the 17th century to have problems wherein singers using it would tend to go globally flat.…
Abstract Jean Baudrillard contends that human achievement has become so intertwined with the media, technology, and hypereality that individual accomplishment has become nearly impossible. This generates nostalgia for exceptional talents who can restore society’s faith in individual accomplishment while, at the same time, people project all of their passion into…
Abstract University music department administrators commonly wrestle with enrollment policies and admission standards as they maintain a delicate balance of quality and quantity in their respective programs. Amid economic troubles that may make some parents question the validity of majoring in music and pursuing a music career, the growing popularization…
Abstract While music educators and administrators have increasingly voiced support for improvisation as an integral component of music education in recent decades, research reveals a continuing discrepancy between this viewpoint and evidence of improvisation in music education curricula outside the jazz idiom. Studies investigating the challenges of integrating improvisation highlight…
  Abstract Founded in 1941, the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) has been the primary professional organization for wind conductors for well over fifty years. Given the longstanding connection between college and university bands and music education in the public schools, it is no surprise that the same philosophies…
 Abstract1 “The blank canvas” is a hypothetical psychoacoustic adaptation strategy which enables latter day American listeners to survive and even thrive within an environment of extreme musical diversity. This diversity is as much historical as it is cultural. Confronted by the unfamiliar aesthetic codes of foreign cultures and of Europe’s…
Abstract Arts integration provides musical ensembles a unique and creative way to meet learning objectives in music and other content areas while developing skills of the “Framework of 21st Century Learning.” This article describes the process community college students and faculty undertook to develop and present a multimedia concert commemorating…
Abstract Sing and Shout! A History of America in Song is a unique approach to a general education course that combines the study of American history with the singing of songs that represent critical times, significant events, and unique cultures in our shared past. A primary goal is for students…