Where Do We Go From Here? A Crossroads Of Cost And Content For The Arts In Higher Education

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2014-10-01
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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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Depending upon whom one reads over the past 15 years, music is either spiraling toward irrelevance or succeeding against all odds. In 2009 Henry Fogel, Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, made the following statement in his keynote address to the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM): In June, the NEA released its national Arts Participation study for 2008, and in case nothing else I have said gives you cause for worry, that study should. It shows a dramatic decline in arts participation and attendance across the board, at all age levels, over the past six years. While we might wish to blame some of that on the economy, reading this study in detail indicates, I think something deeper — a continuing trend toward a distance between Americans and the arts. If we, at the higher education level, continue to train artists without dealing with the climate into which we are sending them, we run a very real risk of contributing to a continuing trend toward irrelevance.

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This article is from Journal of Performing Arts Leadership in Higher Education 5 (2014): 45. Posted with permission.

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