Volume 47

According to Vandenberghe and Huberman, burnout is "a crisis of overworked and disillusioned human service workers."1 This syndrome has been extended to members of the teaching profession and has been categorized into three distinct and measurable components; emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment.2 Emotional exhaustion is a fatigued feeling…
Introduction The structural importance of time in John Cage's music is well recognized. As Cage himself has stated, "What is the most important element of music? The element of time."1 This concern with time can be traced back to his early works from the 1930s and 1940s, where he first…
I've lived the life of a professional musician for more than 45 years. This includes a chapter as pianist (from early teens into my 20s) and my life as a composer, starting even earlier. It was having to practice that awakened me to composing at roughly age 11: after playing…
This article deals with two misunderstandings that intertwine to confuse students, teachers, and commentators of jazz history if they study American history at the same time that they study the music itself. The first misunderstanding is that during the 1960s African Americans striving for their political freedoms also transferred those…
College Music Society 2005 Meeting, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada 1. Kristin Wendland, "The Allure of Tango: Grafting Traditional Performance Practice and Style onto Art-Tangos" 2. Jocelyn Neal, "When Recollection is All We've Got: Analytical Exploration of 'Catchy' Songs" 3. Jinmi Huh Davidson, "The Creation of Miari by Lee Geon-Yong: The…
One model of the relation between analysis and performance asserts that analysis, because it is a rational endeavor, is in a position to preside over performance—to determine how it should be—because performance is by nature more intuitive and emotive. In this model, a performance must rely upon, and defer to,…
Introduction: The DA Degree The Doctor of Arts (DA) degree was launched in the late 1960's in an effort to offer a degree that specifically prepared graduate students for college and university teaching. While practitioners of other doctoral-degree programs may concur with the notion of the value of teacher preparation,…
The Allure of Tango Tango. The word alone conjures up alluring and exciting images associated with passion, sensuality, drama, gender archetypes, a national Argentine identity, a by-gone era, and an art form. The allure of tango has compelled both art-music composers to write stylized tangos and performers to play them.…
To begin with, if we are going to have singing at all, we must have the most beautiful possible singing, and it is not more natural to sing badly than to sing well. Jean François La Harpe, Journal de Politique et de la Littérature October 5, 1777 Assumption: Voice teachers…
Religious scenes in eighteenth-century opera are embedded within secular plots. To be dramatically effective it was necessary for composers, as well as librettists, costume designers, and set designers, to accentuate and magnify the religious nature of the scene apart from its worldly surroundings.1 In doing their part, eighteenth-century opera composers…
Despite the enormous impact popular music has had on our culture since the 1950s, there is not one NASM1 accredited institution of higher learning in the United States that has a bachelors degree program in popular music studies2. In this paper, I will examine this phenomenon of curricular conservatism by…
I vividly recall a scene from My Best Friend's Wedding, a Hollywood chick-flick I saw several years ago: George Downes (played by Rupert Everett) is seated at a crowded table in "Barry the Cuda's" seafood restaurant, entertaining the assembled guests with a fictional tale of falling in love with Julianne…