Post-Grant Reports


Sabbatical Leave Report

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Music | Music Education | Musicology


The traditional music curriculum is currently being challenged for not meeting the interests and needs of today’s students. The College Music Society’s recent “Task Force on the Undergraduate Music Major” proposes that we seek ways to raise the engagement of creativity, diversity, and integration in a program of study that is relevant, high quality, and rigorous. My sabbatical allowed me to pursue recent research and activity in the process of transforming the music curriculum for 21st century music students at a liberal arts college. My goals included presenting a conference paper with recommendations for music curriculum revisions, with a focus in the area of music history. The results of this study will also be beneficial to curricular change at Linfield College as we continue to seek ways to attract and retain excellent students for liberal arts programs based on tradition and innovation. I will continue to pursue particular areas relevant to music study that include advocacy, collaboration, creativity, improvisation, innovation through ensembles, entrepreneurship and leadership in the arts. These will be my areas of focus for developing actionable goals for a new and relevant curriculum for music study, and in particular for music students seeking to connect a liberal arts education to professional aspirations. In addition, I began preparations and a proposal for a new 200-level course on music entrepreneurship, “The Music Industry.”


This research was conducted as part of a sabbatical leave in 2017.