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Master Classes

School of Music 2019-2020 Master Classes and Lectures


  • String Pedagogy Workshop with Winifred Crock
    Mrs. Winifred Crock will be presenting pedagogy techniques and topics to Strings students in the School of Music.
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  • Dr. Kathryn Fenton Music And Discourse Lecture: Giacomo Puccini, Frederick Jackson Turner's Frontier Thesis, and Waltzing at the Polka Saloon
    Dr. Kathryn Fenton, faculty at Middle Tennessee State University, will examine an intersection of Italian and American culture in Giacomo Puccini’s 1910 opera The Girl of the Golden West. Critics of the opera typically dismiss its Act I waltz scene as a cheap attempt to appeal to popular tastes of the day, often pointing to its sentimentality and tunefulness which markedly contrast the rest of the opera’s challenging modernist musical language. To many, it simply did not fit with the music of the rest of the opera. Yet a close reading of the dramaturgy, staging, language and music shows that the waltz scene embodies the theme of transformation and cultural exchange—a theme that lays at the heart of countless stories and images depicting the American West. What does this Italian and American cultural intersection and exchange suggest? How does it change the musical and dramatic value of Puccini's Act I waltz?
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  • Jazz Piano Master Class: Benny Green
    Belmont School of Music Commercial Music Piano students will participate in a master class with the accomplished jazz artist Benny Green.
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  • Andrew Goldman, Ph.D. Music and Discourse Lecture: The Contributions and Limitations of Neuroscience in its Efforts to Explain Improvisation
    Dr. Andrew Goldman, Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Western Ontario, will discuss the contributions and limitations of neuroscience in its efforts to explain improvisation, and review his own experimental work on both music and dance improvisation that has attempted to provide meaningful data while not over-generalizing. As neuroscience seeks to explain more and more about the human mind and behavior, it is important to critically reflect on what can and cannot be learned from brain data. Recent research on the neuroscience of jazz improvisation highlights these challenges: how can musical practice that is sometimes defined by its very avoidance of systematicity be scientifically explained?
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  • Clare Eng, Ph.D. Music and Discourse Lecture: The Conundrum of Closure in Elliott Carter’s “Saëta”
    It is not easy to hear closure in twentieth-century classical music because pieces often avoid traditional cadences. Belmont professor, Dr. Clare Eng, simultaneously proposes and interrogates cyclic form as a means of closure in Elliott Carter’s “Saëta” from Eight Pieces for Four Timpani. Cyclic form occurs when the beginning of a work is recalled at its end. It is a pan-cultural convention of closure that pervades global musics, from nursery songs to Thai classical melodies. Dr. Eng poses the questions: Does cyclic form always communicate closure? When might tensions arise in this kind of form?
And more to come...