CultureEducationHigher Education

Who is this music for, anyway?

Not long ago I was talking to a colleague of mine who was teaching an undergraduate course on early music, which is the term academics generally use to refer to Western European art music from before 1750. Some time previous to our conversation one of the music majors in his class, …

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Detail from title page of J.S. Bach's Well-tempered Clavier
Critical ThinkingCultureHigher Education

Wikipedia 1, U Chicago News Office 0.

I was browsing my news feed today when I came across the following video, posted by the University of Chicago’s News Office.   Since I’m about to get very critical, let me first talk briefly about the things Cheng does well in this video: 1) She gives a mostly understandable …

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EducationPedagogyTechnology

Knowledge Dissemination: Is the Old New Again?

Anyone filling out a grant application these days will probably have to tackle the Big Question™: how will you disseminate all this wonderful new knowledge you have produced, so that it benefits the world at large (and especially the taxpayers who funded it)? Sure, we have our journals and monographs, …

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Silhouette of Byzantine-style domes, Venice.
CulturePop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Infamy, Hagiography, and Resistance

Last week I went with a friend to see Hayao Miyazaki’s latest–and supposedly final–offering, “The Wind Rises” (review here for those interested). For those of you not familiar, the movie is a highly fictionalised account of the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of Japan’s famous A6M Zero fighter. The …

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Image of 15th-c. scribe Jean Miélot
Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz: Work work vs. non-work work

Happy Monday, everyone! Like many academics I often find myself occupied with activities that do not quite fall under my primary job description. In fact, these activities sometimes seem to take up the majority of my time, a situation which is easy to justify as they often seem related to …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 7 November 2013

Building your brain! Building your schools! Good morning, teachers and learners. Here are your required readings. Childhood music lessons leave lasting brain boost – I guess that’s why I’m so clever. Is your college well-endowed? – Data is showing that endowments are growing again. Speaking a second language may delay …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 19 September 2013

Teacher gives birth in school! Alabama sororities and fraternities are white! Death of an adjunct prompts reflection. Good rhythm linked to language skills. Good morning, teachers and learners. Here are your required readings for today. Study links rhythm to language skills – so that why I no talk good. Teacher …

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FeaturedHigher Education

Art and Ideology in the Classroom

A graduate student at Northwestern University has been in the news recently for refusing to participate in a concert and consequently being threatened with failing a class. One of the works on the concert programme, a 1957 piece by Howard Hanson entitled “Song of Democracy,” uses text from two poems …

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