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The College Music Society (CMS) recently published on its website a task-force report entitled "Transforming Music Study from its Foundations: A Manifesto for Progressive Change in the Undergraduate Preparation for Music Majors" The report includes many recommendations for revising undergraduate music programs and broadly hints that CMS should directly engage “Deans, Provosts, Chancellors, and Presidents” in the event that music faculties are reluctant to adopt these recommendations.
I briefly discuss this report on my blog. As I note in this blog post, the report was not endorsed or voted on by the CMS membership, Exectuive Board, or CMS Counciles, and thus it does not necessarily represent the views of the CMS membership. Indeed, there is no evidence that the report represents the views of anybody beyond the small group selected to write the report.
That the report has not been officially approved by the CMS by no means negates the possible value of its recommendations. But the suggestions of the report should be considered on their own merits: that this report is labeled as a report of a CMS task force does not give it any special validity or stamp of approval.
The report's stated intention is to serve “as an invitation to further dialogue and action.” Its language, however, arguably discourages dialogue, instead seeming simply to promote action on its recommendations. But that should not prevent us from discussing in this forum the issues it raises.
Two matters are of particular interest: (1) Has anybody felt pressure from Administrators to adopt the recommendations of the report, based on the mistaken belief that it has been officially endorsed by CMS? (2) Do people have any reactions—positive, negative, or otherwise—to share regarding the recommendations in the report?