Professional Background of Kenneth R. Rumery, D.M.A
DUTIES AT NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
Professor of Music, Theory and Composition
COURSES TAUGHT AT NAU: Undergraduate courses; theory and ear training,
analysis and form, twentieth century literature and theory, composition,
orchestration. Graduate courses; theory pedagogy, analysis, composition,
computer applications in music, orchestration, twentieth century music.
Involved in music computer based instruction and electronic music
synthesis, scoring and composition.
EDUCATIONAL HISTORY: Bachelor of Music Education, University of
Nebraska (1956); Master of Music, University of Nebraska (1958); Doctor
of Musical Arts, University of Colorado (1971). Graduate study in music
theory and composition, University of Iowa; Post Graduate workshops in
Music CAI at North Texas State University in 1981 and 1984; Music Theory
Pedagogy Institute, University of Colorado, summer of 1988; Course work
in computer programming at NAU.
- Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 1971-present
- University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) 1966-1969
(Director of Bands, instructor of arranging, brass, music education)
- Instrumental music, Nebraska Public Schools (Dewitt, Scotia, McCook) 1958-1966
- Golden Key National Honor Society Award for faculty achievement (1993)
- Faculty Artist (1985-1986), Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, NAU
- Member, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, 1985, NAU
- Member, Pi Kappa Lamda, Music Honor Society, 1971, University of Colorado
- Past President, Nebraska State Bandmasters Association.
- Established the NAU Arts Technology Center (CMC), 1994.
- Establish and Directed the
Office of Arts and Communication Technology,1992-1996.
Publications, Performances, Presentations, Reviews
- Bells for John Whiteside's Daughter: a composition for mixed chorus and
piano on a text by John Crowe Ransom. Summer 1996.
- Our Land: a choral suite for mixed chorus and piano based on my own
texts. Dedicated to the Ponderosa Group at NAU, a group of faculty
affiliated with Second Nature and involved with issues regarding environmental
sustainability in the curriculum. Summer 1996.
- Integrating Text, Music Graphics and Midi Files: a presentation
on authoring web pages for music instruction, given at the 1996 Annual
College Music Society/Association for Technology in Music Instruction
Conference in Atlanta.
- Introduction To Musical Design: (Wm. C. Brown, Dubuque, Iowa); a
two-volume book series intended for use in a four-semester college music
theory sequence. Published 1991-92.
- Three Seasons Of Love: a set of three pieces for unaccompanied mixed
chorus on a paraphrase from the Song of Solomon, a Canticle by Donovan
Welch, and a poem by W. B. Yeats, Mark Foster Music Company, 1988,
Champaign, Il. Performanced by the NAU Chamber Singers, Spring 88.
- Landscape: a multi-movement work for voice and chamber ensemble
which includes piano, guitar, string quartet, and percussion (glass
harmonica, vibraphone, xylophone, and roto toms). Premiered Aug. 23,
1985, Coconino Center for the Arts. The thirty-seven minute composition
was written under a Meet-the-Composer grant sponsored by the Arizona
Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the
Coconino Center for the Arts. The composition performed in conjunction
with an exhibition of paintings by Cynthia Bennett of Sedona.
- Housman Cycle: five songs on poems by A. E. Housman, for Soprano and
Piano. Premiered Aug. 23, 1985, Coconino Center for the Arts. The cycle
was performed a second time in the NAU Art Gallery (September 1985). A
third performance of the cycle was presented in Portland, OR, Fall 87.
- Vistas (A Chorale Triptych): The composition, for SSAATTBB chorus
and piano, was premiered October 28,1984, at the Elaine Horwitch
Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona. The triptych was performed on numerous
occasions in Arizona and California by the NAU Chorale during the Spring
Choir Tour of 1985.
- Various articles published in T.H.E. JOURNAL (Technical Horizons in
Education), Music Educators Journal, Arizona Music Education Association
Journal, Arizona Humanities Association Journal, and the
Instrumentalist. Papers presented at various state and national
association meetings. Reviews of several major publication and computer
- Awarded grants by Arizona Council on the Arts and NAU Organized
Research to complete and perform original compositions. Also completed
Organized Research grants to study pattern perception in music.
Currently working on an Office of Instructional Development grant (OID)
to review available CD ROM to determine its role in classroom,
laboratory and distant modes of instruction. Developing multimedia materials
on Mikrokosmos (Bartok) and Preludes for Piano (Debussy) to explore
nonlinear instruction strategies.