Teaching Music History Day

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Baldwin Wallace College, Conservatory of Music, Berea, Ohio

Chamber Hall, Kulas Musical Arts Building



Recommended Hotels

Cleveland Orchestra Concert

Program Committee Further Questions?  


There is no registration fee and no need to pre-register for the conference.


Conference Program


8:30-9:00         Coffee and conversation


9:00-10:30       Welcome by Peter Landgren, Director, Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music

Panel Discussion: What should be the first music history class for majors?

James Briscoe, Butler University, Moderator
Arved Ashby, The Ohio State University
Matthew Balensuela, DePauw University
Mary Macklem, University of Central Florida
Stephen Shearon, Middle Tennessee State University


10:30-12:00     Session I: Courses for Non-Music Majors

Christina Fuhrmann, Ashland University: “The Central Question”: Mixing Disparate Styles in Music Courses for Non-Majors

Denise Odello, Occidental College: Rethinking Music Appreciation

Mary Natvig and Steven Cornelius, Bowling Green State University: Musical Connections and Meanings in Music Appreciation


12:00-1:45       Lunch and visit to the Riemenschneider Bach Institute


2:00-2:45         Keynote address: Mark Evan Bonds, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


3:00-4:30         Session II: Courses for Non-Music Majors

Michael Strasser, Baldwin-Wallace College, Teaching Music Appreciation: An Alternative to “Music History Lite”

Alyssum Foltz: Teaching the Teacher: A Proposal for Improving the Non-Major “Appreciation” Course

Pierpaolo Polzonetti, University of Notre Dame: Music Appreciation vs. Music Depreciation: the Challenge of Designing Challenging Classes for Non-Majors


4:30-5:30         Brainstorming Session and Syllabus Bazaar: Catherine Gordon-Seifert, Providence College, Moderator
All are invited to bring their questions, observations, and ideas about teaching, as well as copies of syllabi to discuss and share with others in an open-ended exchange.


8:30                 Optional Concert by the Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra's first concerts of the season will take place the weekend of our conference.  Conference attendees can order discounted tickets for the Saturday evening performance, which will begin at 8:30 (due to the Yom Kippur holiday).  Music Director Franz Welser-Möst will conduct Mozart’s Symphony No. 28 (K. 200); Five Orchestral Pieces by Matthias Pintscher (U.S. premiere), and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6.  The orchestra has generously offered conference attendees a 15% discount on tickets (depending on availability, maximum 2 per person) in certain sections of the hall.  The discounted tickets will range in price from approximately $27-45.  Those wishing to purchase tickets can contact Michael Strasser (mstrasse@bw.edu), who will send them the promotional code that will allow them to order their discounted tickets from the Severance Hall box office either online (www.clevelandorchestra.com) or by phone (800/686-1141).  Severance Hall is located on the east side of Cleveland and is about a 45-minute drive from B-W (directions available at the conference.)


Program Committee:
Catherine Gordon-Seifert, Providence College
James Briscoe, Butler University
Matt Baumer, Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Hotel Recommendations

There is a large cluster of hotels near Baldwin-Wallace and the Airport.  All of the following are in the same area, approx. 1.5 miles from campus.  They are listed according to the best combination of amenities and price (prices do not include tax):

Comfort Inn Cleveland West

17550 Rosbough Drive, Middleburg Heights, OH, (440)-234-3131, (800) 391-1112

B-W rate: any room, $59

Free shuttles to the airport or B-W, continental breakfast


Hampton Inn Cleveland Airport

7074 Engle Road, Middleburg Heights, OH, (440) 234-0206, (800) Hampton

BW rate of $59

Free shuttle to airport, continental breakfast

Ramada Inn Airport South

7233 Engle Road, Middleburg Heights, OH, (800) 804-6835


Free shuttle to airport, continental breakfast

Marriott Courtyard

7345 Engle Road, Middleburg Heights, OH, (440) 243-8785

Ask for BLWE rate code, $85

Free shuttle to airport


Red Roof Inn

17555 East Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, OH (440) 243-2441



Motel 6

7219 Engle Road, Middleburg Heights, OH (440) 234-0990



Further Questions?
Feel free to contact Michael Strasser (mstrasse@bw.edu) or Matt Baumer (mbaumer@iup.edu)