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Dec 2, 2021

Shaping how we train arts entrepreneurs

Arts entrepreneurship faculty around the world finally have a dedicated pedagogy to use in their classrooms. Teaching Professor Gary Beckman, director of entrepreneurial studies in the arts, has written a textbook—The New Arts Entrepreneur—for arts students from all disciplines who want to learn the skills to build and sustain arts-related ventures. According to the publisher,… 

Dr. Will Boone addresses a class of students in front of a projector screen while wearing a face covering.

Oct 19, 2021

Voice care for teachers

By Dr. Nathan Leaf, Jennifer Beattie, Dr. Daniel Monek and Dr. DeMar Neal The pandemic has affected all of us in ways both seen and not seen. As we approach the home stretch of the fall semester, some who use their voices in teaching or other activities may be feeling as though their voices are… 

Graphic featuring a headshot of Kirsten Paige and the cover of the journal 19th Century Music

Aug 26, 2021

Understanding music’s influence on the environment

It’s easy to see the impact of humanity on the planet in terms of physical changes made, such as building cities or clearing trees for farm land, but what about the impact of the sounds and the music we make?  The latest issue of the journal 19th Century Music, guest edited by Assistant Teaching Professor… 

May 11, 2021

Kirsten Paige joins Department of Music faculty

The Department of Music welcomes Assistant Teaching Professor Kirsten Paige who will join NC State in August to teach musicology.  Paige comes to NC State after three years as a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in Stanford University’s liberal arts program for first-year undergraduates. She said she especially enjoys teaching first-year students because of the fresh, innovative and… 

May 3, 2021

Staying connected through learning

Associate teaching professor Olga Kleiankina curates a virtual lecture and master class series to help her piano students connect with one another online while challenging them in new ways. 

May 3, 2021

Shining light on Black opera

Musicology lecturer Kristen Turner joins the working team for the Black Opera Research Network, an international organization supporting scholars and creators of Black opera.  Musicology lecturer Kristen Turner is a scholar who enjoys working on a variety of projects. She is currently writing two books, has several journal publications that came out recently, hosts a… 

May 3, 2021

Honoring our piano pioneers

A new piano performance scholarship is named in honor of Marilyn Lynch and Phyllis Vogel, faculty who built the piano program at NC State and helped shape the music department. When an anonymous donor made a generous gift to endow a new piano performance scholarship in the Department of Music, they left it up to the… 

Apr 29, 2021

Every note we play together is a win

After nearly a year of online classes, faculty and students return to the rehearsal hall to make music together. With our COVID-19 mitigations in place, it doesn’t look the same. But it sounds triumphant. It takes enormous teamwork, expense and creativity to teach and make music in an entirely new way, and that’s exactly the… 

Apr 28, 2021

Dr. Olga Kleiankina receives prestigious undergraduate teaching award

Associate teaching professor Olga Kleiankina, director of piano studies, became the first-ever recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Award from the Department of Music and University College on April 13.  The award, one of the most prestigious undergraduate teaching awards at NC State, was presented along with several others by the Alumni Association in a… 

Photograph of Mr. Chris Branam conducting the symphonic band, with students playing instruments in the foreground.

Jun 18, 2020

Branam chosen as quarterfinalist for Grammy Music Educator Award

Award recipients often say it’s an honor just to be nominated. That was certainly the case for Department of Music lecturer and director of summer music camps Chris Branam when he found out that several of his students nominated him for the 2021 Grammy Music Educator Award. With nearly 2,000 nominees, Branam thought that filling…