Paul and colleagues,
It may be of interest that at Birmingham Conservatoire we believe we were the first to introduce an Honours Degree for essentially (primarily) performance-based study. We started this, if I remember rightly, in Sept. 1991. This followed lengthy interrogation as to how mere performers could be deemed to have achieved degree-worthiness after four years of study! Most of the other UK conservatoires quickly followed our lead and nowadays this is never an issue at course validations. Interestingly, it still remains an issue today at post-masters level, where exactly the same objection is often raised - that performing is 'non-academic' (whatever that means).
From: National Association for Music in Higher Education Network on behalf of Kleiman, Paul
Sent: Mon 27/09/2010 16:32
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Subject: Music degrees - a brief history?
Dear NAMHE colleagues,
At the risk of kick starting a flurry of postings similar to those currently swirling amongst our dance and drama colleagues when I asked similar questions, I am interested in knowing when?, where? and possibly how? the first music degrees in the UK were established in the various major subject strands that currently comprise the discipline of music. e.g. the first B.Mus degree, the first MusicTech degree, the first Popular Music degree etc. etc.
Compared with Drama (1947 Bristol) and Dance (1976, Laban or Surrey depending which criteria one is using) the development of music degrees in higher education clearly has much longer history with, also, some very recent developments.
Please either reply to me personally at [log in to unmask] or. perhaps more usefully in this case, to the list.
An online questionnaire (of four questions) related to this research is available here http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8M6LL5X <https://exchange.lancs.ac.uk/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8M6LL5X>
Best wishes, and thanks in advance
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Dr. Paul Kleiman
The Higher Education Academy
Subject Centre for Dance, Drama and Music
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