Volume 44

Recently many music departments, previously addressing only European and American art music, have felt a need to include ethnomusicology in their offerings. But some common ways of thinking about this expansion are problematic. A department may seek to hire one new faculty member, an ethnomusicologist with specialized training in a…
Gender, Ideology, and Structure: Pedagogical Approaches to the Music of Karin Rehnqvist1   Beware, my friend, of the signifier that would take you back to the authority of a signified! Beware of diagnoses that would reduce your generative powers. "Common" nouns are also proper nouns that disparage your singularity by…
One of the sobering effects of the tragedies that befell our nation in September 2001 is the noticeable tendency toward public reflection on the question of national identity. On the flip side of the recently ubiquitous stars-and-stripes and the short-lived but oft-declared position of "national unity" were the niggling questions:…
As educators, we are all painfully aware of how much information we need to cram into limited time-frames of our curricula. As J. Peter Burkholder succinctly states the problem: The most significant issue for teachers of undergraduate music history and literature courses is that there is far more music history…
Ensemble directors devote enormous attention to programming concerts.1 When selecting pieces and deciding on program order, consideration is given to musical and textual themes, cultural and historical origins, tempos, keys, forms, durations, and many other factors, in an effort to provide a well-planned and musically satisfying concert experience for the…
Higher education is facing a challenge of responding to the rapid changes in the society. Student demographics and technology are two of the most notable changes having significant influences on higher education. Changes in student demographics imply the need for diverse curricula and their delivery modes. Advancements in technology imply…
Considering the ever-increasing amount of information now available to students, it is important to give them the proper tools to deal with this vast quantity and wide variety of information resources. Information literate individuals can recognize when information is needed and can identify, locate, evaluate and use information for a…
Introduction History has not always been kind to Alma Mahler. Upon reading her obituary in December, 1964, the politically-incorrect songwriter Tom Lehrer penned these words about her relationship with Gustav Mahler: Their marriage, however, was murder. He'd scream to the heavens above, "I'm writing Das Lied von der Erde And…
J. Peter Burkholder, with H. Wiley Hitchcock, Brooklyn College, City University of New York; Susan McClary, University of California, Los Angeles; Kay Kaufman Shelemay, Harvard University   Introduction J. Peter Burkholder At the November 2003 annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Houston, I hosted a Presidential Forum on "The Symbiosis of…
Listening dominates our culture's musical involvement, and therefore music listening education is increasingly important. College level music appreciation classes provide an opportunity to teach listening skills to a wide range of students who are primarily non-music majors and have little involvement with music other than listening. With the limitation of…