[Smt-talk] Undergrad core curricula

Elizabeth W. Marvin bmarvin at esm.rochester.edu
Tue Oct 18 05:23:50 PDT 2011

Dear list members,

I am writing to solicit thoughts from members of SMT about ways you have
seen the undergraduate core curriculum in music theory change and develop
over time to what it is today at your institutions.  This information may be
of general interest to the list, but I will also be using it as data for a
panel presentation I have been invited to present ‹ along with Gary
Karpinski and Tim Smith ‹ at the annual meeting of the National Association
of Schools of Music (NASM).  I thought it might be a good idea to solicit
data for the talk from teachers in diverse types of institutions in order to
present the broadest input to NASM.

Here is the description of what they¹ve asked us to present:  ³Questions
such as content, allocations of time, and relationships between time and
content will be explored. Other topics include but are not limited to ways
of thinking afresh about content, scheduling and order of content delivery,
types and means of teaching, and how the musicianship, theory, and
composition/improvisation components are connected to other core components
and to the building of general musicianship within degree, course, and
curricular structures.²

Please reply to me privately (bmarvin at esm.rochester.edu), or to the list
only if you think others may be interested in responding to your post.  I am
happy to talk to individuals about this at SMT (as I imagine are the other
panelists) and I¹ll be attending sessions at SMT that might inform this

Many thanks,
Betsy Marvin

Dr. Elizabeth West Marvin                  bmarvin at esm.rochester.edu
Professor of Music Theory                  Eastman School of Music
  and Brain & Cognitive Sciences           University of Rochester
Eastman School of Music
26 Gibbs Street                            Phone:  (585) 274-1076
Rochester, NY  14604                       Fax:    (585) 274-1088


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