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Volume 46

One of the more difficult tasks facing the college music theory teacher is linking analysis with performance. Too often students do not understand the connection between the analytical techniques they learn in theory classes and the decisions they make as performers. Even after several semesters of core theory, some students…
Admit it: music appreciation is square. In the recent film comedy School of Rock, when a bumbling rocker somehow gets a job teaching at a stuffy prep school and begins teaching classes in "rock history and appreciation," what's funny is how the film takes a veritable icon of stuffiness (the…
The subject of musical contour has received a growing amount of attention in recent years.1 In part this stems from a recognition that contour is one of the features that most engage a listener; a melody's shape is often more memorable than its specific pitch or interval content.2 In this…
Defending Music Theory in a Multicultural Curriculum1 Music theory has served as the foundation for undergraduate music curricula in the United States for much of the past century. Within many music departments, it has been used to introduce students with previous musical experience to the academic world of music—not only…
Education in music is most sovereign, because more than anything else rhythm and harmony find their way to the inmost soul and take strongest hold upon it, bringing with them and imparting grace, if one is rightly trained, and otherwise the contrary.—Plato1 The history of education and training in music…
Context Brian Mann once stated in these pages1 that competence in music appreciation is, among other things, a matter of continually expanding frames of reference. He stated, as an example, that one appreciates Beethoven's Eroica to a certain extent on becoming familiar with it, to a greater extent when one…
Mark Mazullo, with Chloe Kiritz and Adam Nelson1 The "Loyal Son" Some thirty years after Stalin's Minister of Culture Andrey Zhdanov ushered in the era of Socialist Realism in the Soviet arts by pronouncing, at the Writer's Congress of 1934, that "the present state of bourgeois literature is such that…
  Introduction1 Thank you, President Harding, the Board of Directors, and members of The College Music Society. I was truly honored, and unnerved, when Tayloe approached me about delivering the Robert Trotter Lecture at your annual meeting. You see, I've been serving as Dean for a bit over three years,…