Volume 31

A Primer for Atonal Set Theory1 Atonal set theory has a bad reputation. Like Schenkerian analysis in its earlier days, set theory has had an air of the secret society about it, with admission granted only to those who possess the magic password, a forbidding technical vocabulary bristling with expressions…
A music major asked me a simple question. As a professor and advisor, I was expected to provide an equally simple answer. She said, "It has always been my dream to teach horn at a college or university. I'm trying to decided whether to enter the B.M. program or the…
Introduction This study of iconography and performance practice is divided into two parts. Part I deals with the definition of iconography and its relationship to performance practice. Part II outlines some general principles necessary to the study of medieval music iconography, and deals with specific cases. These principles include balancing…
In his address at the formation of the Society for Music Teacher Education in San Antonio in 1982, Charles Leonhard described American music teacher education as "a hybrid growing out of three traditions in higher education: the liberal arts tradition, the conservatory tradition, and the teachers college tradition."1 In elaborating…
Students in many ear training classes are too often insulated from realistic and musical learning experiences. Most ear training involves the teaching of harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic perception by means of dictation. The music used in this dictation is usually played at a piano and divorced of context—a chord progression…
"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture," the saying goes.1 If music scholars were to accept this analogy completely, we would all have to resign our commissions; yet we can appreciate the sentiments and experiences that give rise to it. Both music and language are meaningful to us, but…
The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, or St. Louis World's Fair, as it has come to be known, took place in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 30 to December 1, 1904. The musical program of the fair was carefully planned and implemented, and was designed to educate as well as to entertain…
Introduction Musicians and scholars who lived through the late 1940s and early 1950s witnessed an astounding activity which took place in Louisville, Kentucky during that time. An ambitious effort by civic and musical leaders yielded an extraordinary legacy of new music, pioneering a concept that placed the composer first in…