Three Hyhpothetical Music Department Cultures

Future Oriented

Past Oriented

Present Oriented

Future Oriented: Embraces Change

  • supports non-traditional programs and facilities

  • interested in experimentation

  • strong involvement in twentieth century music

  • supports electronic, video and broadcast media music

  • engaged in collaborative projects in arts technology

  • committed to networking and nontraditional instructional delivery

  • provides incentives for development in I-tech and music technology

  • develops new courses of study in response to emerging careers

  • actively participates in multiple discipline programs

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    Past Oriented: The Jurassic Music Department

  • supports traditional performing groups and courses exclusively

  • prepares performing artists and music educators exclusively

  • deep seated resistance to changes in current program

  • unwilling to share fixed resources with new emerging areas

  • oblivious to other departments

  • does not support multiple discipline programs

  • disinterest in jazz or contemporary music

  • disinterest in experimentation

  • oblivious to changing career markets for musicians

  • disinterest in adapting a curriculum to changing career needs

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    Present Oriented: Pragmatic About Change

  • Museums are nice, but...

  • conservancy plus development--not conservancy versus development

  • maintains a balance between the past and future orientation (avoids exclusionary position)

  • preserves traditional activities and courses of study

  • responsive to changing career markets and need for new programs

  • explores new areas (but later in the developmental curve)

  • shares resources with new programs (but on a smaller scale)

  • open to experimentation if the numbers are favorable

  • open to multiple discipline programs if the numbers are favorable

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