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What is Music Theory Pedagogy?

This past fall, I was invited to the Society for Music Theory’s conference to present as a member of a panel to the Music Theory Pedagogy Interest Group. Other members of the panel included Mary Arlin, John Covach, Michael Callahan, and Anna Gawboy. Each of us were asked to explore the question “What is Music Theory Pedagogy?”—a question which had not been addressed directly by the Music Theory Pedagogy interest group for many years.

Increasing the diversity and relevance of core courses within contemporary music curricula has been a primary research area of mine for the past decade. My remarks delivered on this panel provide some insight into my developing approach to these issues, as well as a glimpse into my own justifications for, at the very least, seriously considering change.  A video recording of my remarks can be found below.

 

 

“End Light” at ArtPrize

End Light,” a hybrid video and sculptural work by Collin Bradford that I have scored, is premiering at ArtPrize 2016 and will be featured in the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI from now until Oct. 17th.

End Light, premiering at ArtPrize in 2016 at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, is a hybrid video and sculptural work. The video was shot in a massive automated library storage system, in which books are retrieved by a robot crane. A man who is captive in a room above this vault receives communication only via books that his son requests that the crane deliver to him. He finally escapes by riding the crane into the heart of the vault. Outside the video gallery is a sculpture structured by large stainless steel bins used in the storage vault. These bins are pierced by fluorescent tubes that serve as grow lights for ferns, a rhizomatic plant. These works explore a cultural shift, accelerated by globalization, technology, and the internet, from the Enlightenment project’s collection and hierarchical categorization, organization, and storage of knowledge via science, math, and reason to the rhizomatic dispersal of knowledge and the breaking down and escape from rigid hierarchies and organization.

End Light from Collin Bradford on Vimeo.

An Art Artistry Prize

I am honored to have recently been awarded a prize in An Art Artistry’s “The Contemporary Piano 2016” competition for my work 3 Blossoms, for solo piano. The prize comes with a performance, and audio/video recording by famed pianists Theoni Papadimitrakopoulou & Dimitris Anousis during their 2016 season in Athens, Greece.

Recordings will be shared here once they are complete. In the meantime, explore An Art Artistry’s website for more details.