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Center for American Music

Welcome to the Center for American Music. Please take a moment to explore the site, which includes course listings in American music for Fall 2017 and information about who we are and what we do. The Center for American Music is located in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.


Upcoming Lecture-Recital: Dr. Hanna Hurwitz (University at Buffalo):  Self Determination Theory for Performing Artists; How Quality of Motivation Affects Performance Outcomes.  A fascinating lecture and recital about performance psychology featuring new works by composer and CAM graduate TA, Alan Retamozo.  More here.


Upcoming Lecture: Dr. Raymond Knapp (UCLA):  “Falsettos in the Shadow of Fiddler on the Roof: Reconsidering Jewish Identity on Broadway in the New Millennium“. More here.


Announcement: Postdoctoral Fellowship in American Music. The Center for American Music is in the process of hiring a two-year postdoctoral fellow in American music. Deadline: January 15, 2018. Full details here.


Introducing Dr. Bethany McLemore, Center for American Music Post-Doctoral Fellow!  The Center for American Music is proud to introduce our new Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Bethany McLemore.  We recently sat down for a chat about her fascinating research and current work with CAM here at the University of Texas Butler School of Music.  Read the full interview here

 


Congratulations to CAM board member Charles Carson, one of this year’s winners of the Texas Ten awards for educators presented by Texas Exes!

“They feel silenced a lot of times when they come into a music classroom,” Carson says. “When they say, ‘I don’t know a lot about music but I know every Beyonce lyric,’ I say, ‘You know a lot about music!’ I find it’s not about having to build connections, but to let them strip it away and own it.”

Read the full interview at The Alcalde.


Dr Hannah Lewis takes time out of her busy book writing schedule to talk to us about her new research project, the Ernest Lehman collection at the Harry Ransom Center, upcoming events at UT, and why she is excited about the Center for American Music in this interview.


American Music Concerts

Fall 2017

Thursday, Dec 7
UT Jazz Ensemble concert. 7:30pm @ Bates Recital Hall. See link for details.

Friday, Dec 8
Guest Lecture:  Raymond Knapp, author of The American Musical and the Performance of Personal Identity. 1pm @ Recital Studio MRH 2.608. See link for details.

Sunday, Dec 10
UT Wind Ensemble concert. 4pm @ Bates Recital Hall. See link for details.

Tuesday, Dec 12
Qpustin! Jazz Café Recital. 7:30pm @ Jessen Auditorium. See link for details.


Spring 2018

Tuesday, Jan 30 
Kelly Kuo, piano. 7:30pm @ Bates Recital Hall. See link for details.

Friday, Feb 9
UT Symphony Orchestra – Bernstein Symphony No. 2. 7:30pm @ Bates Recital Hall. See link for details.

Tuesday, Feb 13
CLUTCH New Music. 7:30pm @ Recital Studio MRH 2.608. See link for details.

Wednesday, Feb 14
UT Wind Ensemble. 7:30pm @ Bates Recital Hall. See link for details.

Friday, Feb 23
UT Jazz Orchestra. 7:30pm @ Bates Recital Hall. See link for details.

Saturday, Feb 24
Black History Month Concert. 7:30pm @ Bates Recital Hall. See link for details.

Tuesday, March 23
UT Wind Ensemble. 7:30pm @ Bates Recital Hall. See link for details.

Wednesday, March 28
UT New Music Ensemble. 7:30pm @ Bates Recital Hall. See link for details.

Monday, April 2
CLUTCH New Music. 7:30pm @ Recital Studio MRH 2.608. See link for details.

Wednesday, April 25
UT New Music Ensemble. 7:30pm @ Bates Recital Hall. See link for details.

Sunday, April 29
UT Wind Ensemble. 7:30pm @ Bates Recital Hall. See link for details.

 

A Selection of Courses in American Music


Highlights of Fall 2017 course offerings in American music:

Lower Division

  • MUS 218J: Beginning Jazz Improvisation
  • MUS 307.1: Music of African AmericansThis course carries a cultural diversity flag.
  • MUS 307.2: History of Rock MusicThis course carries a cultural diversity flag.
  • MUS 307.3: Jazz AppreciationThis course carries a cultural diversity flag. 
  • MUS 303: American Musicals
  • MUS 303: Intro to Music and Film Sound—This course carries a writing flag. 

Upper Division

  • MUS 228G: Jazz Theory I
  • MUS 228K: Beginning Jazz Piano Techniques
  • MUS 228P: Jazz Composition
  • MUS 334.5: Music of African Diaspora—This course carries a global cultures flag.
  • MUS 342: Music and the American City
  • MUS 376G: US Music / Religious Identity This course carries writing and cultural diversity flags.  

Graduate

  • MUS 380: Music of African Diaspora
  • MUS 387L: Jazz Ensemble Literature
  • MUS 388S: Interpreting Popular Music


Highlights of Spring 2017 course offerings in American music:

Lower Division

  • MUS 307.1: Music of African AmericansThis course carries a cultural diversity flag.
  • MUS 307: History of Film Music
  • MUS 307.2: History of Rock MusicThis course carries a cultural diversity flag.
  • MUS 307.3: Jazz AppreciationThis course carries a cultural diversity flag. 

Upper Division

  • MUS 228J: Intermediate Jazz Improvisation
  • MUS 228P: Jazz Composition
  • MUS 228L: Jazz Theory II
  • MUS 334: Cuba In QuestionThis course carries a global cultures flag.
  • MUS 334.2: Music of Latin AmericaThis course carries a global cultures flag.
  • MUS 334.5: Music of African Diaspora—This course carries a global cultures flag.
  • MUS 342: American MusicThis course carries cultural diversity and writing flags. 
  • MUS 342: History of JazzThis course carries a cultural diversity flag. 

Graduate

  • MUS 385J: American Music and Material Culture
  • MUS 385J: Music and Tourism
  • MUS 388P: Jazz Pedagogy
  • MUS 388K: Project in Jazz Composition