American Musicological Society Teaching Award Presented to Erinn Knyt
By Angela Scionti | Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Erinn E. Knyt, Associate Professor of Music History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded the American Musicological Society's Teaching Award for her article entitled "Teaching Music History to Graduate Students" (Journal of Music History Pedagogy 6, 2016). The award was announced last month at the Society's Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
The AMS Teaching Award honors an exceptional pedagogical resource by an AMS member or a citizen/permanent resident of Canada or the U.S. published during the previous two years. By "resource" is meant a published article, book (including textbook), digital, or online material that best exemplifies the highest qualities of originality, theory, application, and communication for the teaching of musicology or music history.
At the Awards Ceremony, Teaching Award Committee Chair, Professor Anne-Marie Reynolds from the Juilliard School commented that Knyt's article "argues that musicology graduate programs focus on the skills student will need as future scholars, but too rarely prepare them for expectations in their first teaching position. The author goes on to propose various ways a music history seminar might be structured, provides sample assignments and supporting theoretical literature, and suggests means of making the course relevant to students of diverse backgrounds. Her article has broad implications for the discipline and underscores our Society's ongoing conversation about the centrality of teaching to our mission."
The American Musicological Society was founded in 1934 as a non-profit organization to advance "research in the various fields of music as a branch of learning and scholarship." At present, 3,000 individual members and 800 institutional subscribers from forty nations are on the rolls of the Society.
About the UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance
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