The title of this collection is a bit off; a more accurate one would have been 'Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Music Education.' Murray (Univ. of Delaware), Weiss (Johns Hopkins), and Cyrus (Vanderbilt Univ.) aim, in part, to stimulate continued scholarly investigation in this area. Perspective essays by noted scholars (Jessie Ann Owens, James Haar, and Anthony Grafton) frame the 14 more focused investigations that constitute the real heart of the volume. Although the individual essays focus on a range of subjects, each addresses one or more of five basic issues central to the collection: methods of pedagogy, curriculum, people involved (teachers and students), institutions, and rationale. The diversity of topics is in keeping with the wide range of musical environments to be found in Europe during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Subjects of long-established importance (e.g., the Carolingian Renaissance, Guido d'Arezzo) receive attention; essays on convents, Scotland, and amateurs serve as reminders that medieval monks and professional musicians of Renaissance Italy were not the only people to receive training in music during these eras. This work is intended for scholars already familiar with current scholarship on medieval and Renaissance music. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty. -- ChoiceD. Heuchemer, Kenyon College, April 2011--D. Heuchemer, Kenyon College (01/01/2011)
About the Author
Russell E. Murray, Jr. is Professor of Music and Associate Chair at the University of Delaware.
Susan Forscher Weiss is Chair of Musicology, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
Cynthia J. Cyrus is Associate Dean and Professor of Musicology at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.