Archives for Music

Inspiring the Next Generation of Singers

More than 100 young men recently gathered in Providence, Rhode Island, not to compete in a sport or debate in a tournament, but to sing. Under the leadership of Jamie Hillman, assistant professor of music, and a group of Gordon music students, the singers participated in the 2014 Young Men's  Choral Festival sponsored by the Providence Singers. Hillman, along with Read full article »

Learning to Sing by the Book

Susan Brooks After twenty three years of teaching voice at Gordon, Susan Brooks, professor of music, knows a thing or two about singing. That's why she and her husband, Thomas Brooks, also a professor of music as well as a renowned choral director, have written How To Teach Teens to Sing: Voice Lessons and More, a new book for young singers Read full article »

Voting and Coolness, Lectures and Leadership

Faculty contributions beyond the classroom have been many during the past few weeks. Here's a sampling: On election day, Paul Brink, associate professor of political science, was a featured guest on the "John Hall and Kathy Eamons Show" at 5 o'clock p.m. for the Salem Network Radio affiliate in Pittsburgh, PA, to discuss a Christian approach to voting. Jonathan Gerber, assistant professor of psychology, Read full article »

Summer Scholar: The Muscles of Music Performance

Peter Iltis, second from left, with Jeff Nelson, second from right, and colleagues at the Fearless Performance Advisory Group in July. Editor's note: This is part of a series of stories exploring what Gordon professors are up to in between semesters. Most people might not think about the intricate muscles around a musician's mouth as he or she plays the trumpet or French horn. Read full article »

Summer Scholar: Salzburg Symposium & Program Explores Dynamics of Sacrifice in European Culture

Editor's note: This is part of a series of stories exploring what Gordon professors are up to in between semesters.  Five Gordon professors will return to Austria July 9-August 13 for the second annual symposium of the Salzburg Institute of Gordon College with the University of Salzburg. Co-directors of the Institute, Thomas Brooks, professor of music, and Gregor Thuswaldner, associate professor of German and linguistics, along with Susan Brooks, professor Read full article »

Doneski: Music ‘Teacher’s Teacher’

Twelve years ago, Sandy Doneski wanted to give children on Boston’s North Shore an opportunity to grow as musicians. But she felt it was equally important to provide music education majors the chance to develop as teachers and conductors.  So she started the Gordon College Children’s Choir, and its young members have since performed countless times under Doneski’s leadership as the Read full article »

More than a Song: Music Learning Helps Across Disciplines

Music classes in school offer much more than learning how to hum a few bars. That's why Oxford University Press decided to summarize the forefront of music education research and stress the intricacies of human musical learning across disciplines in two new volumes for the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Handbook of Research on Music Learning. Released in the fall Read full article »