Founding Meeting

The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

April 4-5, 2003


1. How did you like the MTSMA Conference? 

Great! Loved it! Great!

2. How did you learn about the MTSMA Conference? 

SMT E-list. Word of mouth--PamelaPoulin, in class. E-mails. Mailings. SMT list serve. P. Poulin. I receiveda notice in the mail. Mailing. E-mail from Pam P.Peabody. I read aboutit in both SMT and AMS Newsletters. From Pamela Poulin. Through the mailfrom Pamela. Contacted personally. Mailing (fax) and email announcement.Email. American Composers Forum announcement. Posting on SMT-list.

3. How many mailings did you receive?

Half of the respondents receivedone mailing and half received two mailings.

4. Did you read about MTSMA in a newsletter?

Yes: AMS, CMS, SMT, American ComposersForum.

5. How did you like the MTSMA Web Site (e.g., pictures,information, layout & design)? 

Very nice--I like it! Great! Haven’tseen it. Very nice. Good. Good, except there should have been directionsto Baltimore and Peabody. Excellent. Excellent--clear and helpful; easyto register. Very nice job. Haven’t seen it yet. Looked good. Very good.Couldn’t link to hotel. Didn’t look at it. Very appealing aesthetically.could have used more specific detail in regards to directions to building(the little things, etc.). Well done (there should be a link on the SMTHome Page) good--printable/downloadable. 

6. What additional information would you like to see onthe MTSMA Web Site in preparation for next year’s conference? 

It has everything I needed. Perhapsdirections to the venues, building maps? Directions. Membership List. Picturesfrom ‘03. Electronic Ballot. Fine as it was. More specific informationon how to get to Peabody. Printable abstracts. Links to speakers sitesfor more information on the speakers if available. printable abstracts. 

7. What did you like about the coffee breaks and breakfast(e.g., food, length of coffee break, opportunity to meet new people)?

Crispy cremes were very tasty. Overallvery nice. All excellent. Perfect. Good choices. Good Timing. Meeting newpeople. Very intimate atmosphere! Food--excellent! First class. All good.All of the above. Just right in all respects. Coffee breaks were both good“breathers” and allowed for more chat time, perusal of questions. Verynice food! Excellent. All delicious food and timing was perfect. Opportunityto meet new people. Very well-spaced. Great. Too much sugar. Length ofthe breaks are perfect. Variety of food and beverages. Fine. Great food--lotsof danish-based. 

8. What did you like about the Banquet? 

Friendly atmosphere--relaxed. Foodwas good. Informality of format. Everything. Food & interaction w/all. Unfortunately couldn’t attend. Friendly & relaxed. Great choicesfor food. Nice people. Good food. Started & got through early. Nicebuffet. Excellent. Keynote was great fun. Excellent. Did not attend. Couldn’tattend, unfortunately. Chance to interact w/ other colleagues. The food.Great! 

9. Would you like a Roundtable Discussion on Teachingincluded on next year’s program? 

All Yes, except two “(not”

10. What topics would be of interest to you? 

More on pedagogy with a panel. PopularMusic, narrative studies, 19th Century. Analysis in the studio. Programmedvs contact teaching. More emphasis on orchestral or chamber music. Discussionof these genres and applying their use in the classroom. Creative waysof teaching 20th C music. Anything about undergraduate theory teaching,e.g., aural skills, CAI. Offer some (separate, perhaps) sessions/presentations/discussionsfor those teaching undergrad/freshman theory & ear training (comparingtexts, computer programs & equipment) in short “practical pedagogy”Presenting aspects of music to non-music majors. Seminars for Grad Students.Incorporating composition into the theory curriculum at all levels--why,how accomplished, how evaluated, etc. Preparing secondary school students& their teachers for college-level theory. Cultural diversity in musictheory. Teaching: formulate a list of about 4-5 questions & distributebefore meeting. Technology. Technology. How to inform the next generationof musicians of integrated theory prior to postgraduate education. technology,analysis & performance, analysis symposium on one piece.

11. How would you like to serve the Society (e.g., officer,committee member, paper participant)? 

Paper participant. Open to all [possibilties].Committee member, participant. Member at Large. I’d be interested in presentinga paper in the future or serving on a program committee. Any of these.Committee member, paper participant. Host. Any way I can. I’ll serve onthe Program Committee if you still need members--just contact me (IngridArauco, Haverford). Officer.

12. Might you and your institution be interested in hostinga future Conference of MTSMA in 2005 or later? 

Once I am affiliated with an institution...yes.Yes. Possibly. Yes. Strong possibility (Sonia Vlahcevic). Possibly. JamesHiatt. Sure. Possibly. Temple. Yes. Stephen S. Johnson, Fairmont StateCollege. Yes.

13. Overall, how would you characterize your experienceat the Founding Meeting of MTSMA? 

Good. Superb! Very positive! Verypleasant! Nice to have a local chapter and meet new colleagues! Stimulating.Very positive. Good. Thanks! Excellent. The space beautiful, the meetingjust large enough without being overwhelming (as the national meetingssometimes are). Planning a meeting such as this takes much time and thought.Bravo and thanks to you, Pamela , and all who assisted you! Excellent.Well-done! Great!!! Pam and her staff did a fantastic job!!!!!!! One ofthe best I have seen for a lot of meetings. Conference kept to schedule.Good job, Pam. Great. Great. A bit overwhelming (emphatically so), buthighly educational and meaningful. Great. 

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