Research In Music Series: A Talk by J. Daniel Jenkins
February 8, 2019
Integrative Learning Center
UMass Amherst Campus
The Department of Music and Dance presents a lecture by J. Daniel Jenkins as part of the Research in Music Series.
Titled Public Music Theory: What I Learned from Schoenberg, and Where to Go from Here, the talk will be followed with a roundtable discussion on public music scholarship with Jenkins and UMass Professors Marianna Ritchey and Christopher White.
The abstract reads: The students Arnold Schoenberg encountered in Southern California in the 1930s were quite different from those he had known in Europe, and it is undeniable that Schoenberg was frustrated with the level of musical education there. But while the historical record emphasizes Schoenberg’s consternation, much less has been said about his attempts to ameliorate the situation. In this talk, I will discuss Schoenberg’s efforts to improve not only the musical education of his students, but of the general public as well. I will talk about how studying this period in Schoenberg’s life has informed how I teach theory classes and my concern for public engagement. I conclude with some thoughts about where music theory instruction might go from here.
The Integrative Learning Center is located in the center of campus, between the campus pond and the Campus Center.