Category Archives: Education

Appreesh

Here’s a bit of fun.  The opening unit of this semester’s Music History Pedagogy class was devoted to teaching Introduction to Music (or Music Appreciation, or “Appreesh”), which is likely to be a pre- or early-career teaching assignment.  We survey … Continue reading

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Dayan ha-Emet

Or, “the True Judge.” We say, “Blessed are you, the True Judge” when we hear of a death.  It is a reminder of who’s Who and what’s what; I don’t believe it implies acceptance, approval, or anything of that nature.  … Continue reading

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Prometheus

I have been puzzling about how to react to Jonathan’s recent squall of fury. Long story short: I didn’t like it. I’m not going to get into the politics of the 2016 election, because as I’ve written elsewhere, I think … Continue reading

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Images from the Dark Land

America is a tune.  It must be sung together. —Gerald Stanley Lee Yeah; about that, Mr. Lee: it only works if it is sung together.  I’m thinking more of Johannes Ockeghem, who will be quoted at the end. It has … Continue reading

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Time-binding and the music-history survey

There is an interesting concept popular among occult thinkers (no, that’s not a contradiction in terms) called “time-binding,” which comes from Alfred Korzybski’s theory of “general semantics.” It posits that human beings are unique among animals for their ability to create abstract … Continue reading

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Justice

Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court recently suggested—bless him; I’m sure he meant only the best—that perhaps the best universities were perhaps too much for Black students. Scalia observed that “there are those who contend that it does not … Continue reading

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More Die of Heartbreak

Boston College Research Professor Peter Gray has a new blogpost on his Pyschology Today blog, titled “Declining Student Resilience, a Serious Problem for Colleges” (22 September 2015). And yes, here we go. Some anecdotes about how the poor little babies … Continue reading

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