Vitalizing Music History – or How (Not) to Teach the Canon

Today’s guest author is Hannah Lewis, a fifth year PhD student in the Music Department, and former Head TF for the General Education course “American Musicals & American Culture.” Vitalizing Music History Teaching (James R. Briscoe, ed. Hillsdale, NY: Pendragon Press, 2010) is one of very few recent edited volumes on music history pedagogy, and its…

Creative Assignment Chaos?

Among the many things I learned at the Bok Center’s Fall Teaching Conference was this: TFs are anxious about creative assignments. During a panel sponsored by the Program in General Education, creative assignments came up again and again. How should they be evaluated? What should prompts look like? What campus resources can TFs rely on?…