[Smt-talk] Expanded Music theory

Ninov, Dimitar N dn16 at txstate.edu
Thu Feb 23 06:00:12 PST 2012

Dear Colleagues,

It is true that demand controls the creation and distribution of goods and services in our society. But higher education has standards. These standards cannot be lowered because of the lack of demand or shifting of interests into the commercial zone. If the standards are lowered, this is not a higher education any more. 

Yet, according to my observations, and the observations of many colleagues, they have been lowered to a great extent. Many people have diplomas but are no professionals in the field. Elementary theory of music is studied at a college level, while it has to be a prerequisite for entering a college. Economy, politics, and commercialism have been placing a heavy stamp on the noble efforts of people to maintain high standards in the education system.  

Yet, some of these conservatories that I had in mind: Moscow, Kiev, St. Petersbourg, Prague, Bukarest, Sofia, the Faculty of Arts in Belgrade, and perhaps many others, including musical academies in Italy and other countries - not even having half of the money they need to develop infrastructure, image, and strategic planning - manage to offer their students solid courses in the fundamentals theoretical disciplines of harmony, counterpoint and musical form at a level which is enviable. This is a state of mind, a tradition.

Another big problem is the qualifications of those who teach at a conservatory. Usually the those who pass a series of examinations in the field of specialization with the highest score are considered. The diploma? The name of the school? They are of secondary importance. Your capabilities and professionalism come first.

Thank you,


Dr. Dimitar Ninov, Lecturer
School of Music
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666

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