Do It All and Like It: Realities and Expectations for Music in 21st Century Higher Education

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2012-10-01
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Sturm, Jonathan
Morrill Professor Emeritus
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Music and Theatre

The Department of Music and Theatre offers two areas of focus. Its major in Music provides the study of music as applied to teaching, performance, composition, theory, and music literature. Its major in Performing Arts offers students the study of the history, heritage, theory, and practice of performing arts, including acting, writing, and directing.

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The Department of Music was formed in 1888. In 2012 its name was changed to the Department of Music and Theatre.

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1888-present

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  • Department of Music (1888-2012)

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One decade into the twenty-first century, in a complex global community of which one part is a diverse and politically polarized America, the climate in much of higher education is such that professors of music might easily feel confused, overworked and underappreciated. We work in a time when governments speak almost exclusively of primary and secondary education, of head-start programs and vocational/professional education, or of science and technology. STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) is one of the acronyms du jour. We work in a time, too, when funding for the arts is a frequent political football, even a scapegoat as parties bicker over aesthetic choices and suggest reforms to limit creative expression that does not conform to the ideals of particular constituencies.

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This article is from Journal of Performing Arts Leadership in Higher Education 3 (2012): 18-33. Posted with permission.

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