Redefining Music Studies in an Age of Change: Creativity, Diversity, and Integration

Edward W. Sarath, David E. Myers, Patricia Shehan Campbell (University of Washington, USA)

Redefining Music Studies in an Age of Change: Creativity, Diversity, and Integration
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Redefining Music Studies in an Age of Change: Creativity, Diversity, and Integration

Edward W. Sarath, David E. Myers, Patricia Shehan Campbell (University of Washington, USA)

Redefining Music Studies in an Age of Change: Creativity, Diversity, Integration takes prevailing discourse about change in music studies to new vistas, as higher education institutions are at a critical moment of determining just what professional musicians and teachers need to survive and thrive in public life. The authors examine how music studies might be redefined through the lenses of creativity, diversity, and integration. which are the three pillars of the recent report of The College Music Society taskforce calling for reform. Focus is on new conceptions for existent areas-such as studio lessons and ensembles, academic history and theory, theory and culture courses, and music education coursework-but also on an exploration of music and human learning, and an understanding of how organizational change happens. Examination of progressive programs will celebrate strides in the direction of the task force vision, as well as extend a critical eye distinguishing between premature proclamations of mission accomplished and genuine transformation. The overarching theme is that a foundational, systemic overhaul has the capacity to entirely revitalize the European classical tradition. Practical steps applicable to wide-ranging institutions are considered-from small liberal arts colleges, to conservatory programs, large research universities, and regional state universities.

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