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Baumer Presents on Objectives for Music History Courses

Associate professor Matt Baumer, Department of Music, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society in Pittsburgh on November 8, 2013. Entitled “Identifying and Prioritizing the Objectives for Undergraduate Music History Courses,” the paper explored some of the results of a survey he distributed in 2012.

The survey asked music history teachers about their curricula, teaching methods, and objectives for undergraduates. The paper was part of a panel discussion sponsored by the Pedagogy Study Group, which Baumer has chaired since 2010.

Baumer also served as chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the AMS annual meeting. As part of his duties, Baumer helped to arrange performance venues for five concerts, including an IUP Jazz Ensemble performance of music by Pittsburgh composer and jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams, as well as a performance by the internationally renowned early music group Sequentia.

The conference brought more than 1,500 music historians to the Steel City, where they gave presentations on a wide variety of musical subjects.

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