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Why Not Make a Podcast?

Final Projects that Promote Community and Career Development I teach an upper-level class on the history of popular music in America called “The Evolution of the Popular Song.”  The course is a requirement for Belmont’s students whose emphasis or major is in …
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Reading Chord Symbols

How to Read and Write Chord Symbols The ability to read a chord symbol and name the pitches of its chord is an essential skill for all musicians. I use it constantly in all of my music theory, analysis and orchestration courses to …
Essay Assignments in college music courses

Reflective Essays for Liberal Arts Courses

The Importance of the Personal in Synthesis and Reflection – and a few Strategies A reflective essay in which students synthesize what they have learned, is required by many instructors in undergraduate liberal arts classes. It’s a necessary component of any music …
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