Month: November 2009

Traces of Colonial American Music Education

Throughout the years of my own formal music education, I’ve learned that it’s very difficult to talk about music from a historical perspective. Sometimes the musical language regardless of notation system is so emic that it can seem like secret code – even among similarly stylistic composers certain terms are not identical – and most of the time I walk away just knowing that the sounds and dates by which we recognize styles and genres are probably older than the written proof of its existence. (more…)