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Jeanne Bamberger Lecture: Noting Time
Start Date: 9/18/2008Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Date: 9/18/2008End Time: 6:30 PM

Event Description
Notations transform the continuousness of music as it disappears in time, into symbols that refer to events as stable, measurable, properties disengaged from context and function. Notational systems bring with them much more than pitches and rhythms: "They transmit a whole way of thinking about music." How can we respond to the utility of notational invariance while still being responsive and responsible to the unique context and function of events as they unfold in the passing present?

Jeanne Bamberger is Professor of Music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, emerita, where she taught music theory and music cognition. She is currently Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley. Bamberger's research focuses on cognitive aspects of music perception, learning, and development. Her interdisciplinary stance leads her to investigations of learning in other domains and to an interest in young children and their teachers. She was a student of Artur Schnabel and Roger Sessions and has performed in the US and Europe as piano soloist and in chamber music ensembles. She attended Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley receiving degrees in philosophy and music theory. Her most recent books include The Mind Behind the Musical Ear (Harvard University Press, 1995) and Developing Musical Intuitions (Oxford University Press, 2000).

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*Swarthmore College - Lang Music Building
Room: Lang 407
Contact Information:
Name: Geoffrey Peterson
Phone: 610-690-3489
Email: gpeters1@swarthmore.edu
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