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Seaver College Music Program Recognized Among Best for 2009
MENC: The National Association for Music Education has named the Seaver College music program at Pepperdine University "One of the Best Music Schools of 2009," in the October 2008 edition of its monthly magazine, In Tune. Pepperdine is one of 38 to be selected, out of the more than 1,200 schools in the U.S. and Canada.
The In Tune special feature, called "College Directory," had this to say about Pepperdine: "Known for its classical guitar and opera programs [Pepperdine University] recently created a Vocal Arts Laboratory, which takes a high-tech approach to vocal study, using computerized acoustic analysis to create visual representations of a singer’s voice, depicting pitch, vibrato, vowel pronunciation, dynamics, expression, and timbre. In addition, the anatomy of a vocalist’s instrument may be examined with a device called a rhino laryngeal stroboscope, which offers the opportunity to view vocal folds and surrounding tissue. A laryngologist works with students and faculty to maintain health as well as diagnose problems."
Henry Price, Blanche E. Seaver professor of music and director of the Flora Thornton Opera Program, says that the music faculty is thrilled to be honored by MENC. "While the article points to achievement in the areas of opera, technology, and the Christopher Parkening Guitar Program, I am sure that our vocal program led by Melanie Emelio and Louise Lofquist, the rapidly improving instrumental programs under Tony Cason and Sara Banta, our tremendous choir program under Milton Pullen, and our strong academic core courses under Gary Cobb and Lincoln Hanks played an important role in MENC’s choice of Pepperdine for this honor," Price says.
Since 1907, MENC has become the world's largest arts education organization, working to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. Today, MENC has over 142,000 members. Click here to find out more about MENC.
MENC's monthly magazine, In Tune is written exclusively for music students and teachers in grades 7 through 12. Often used by teachers as an in-classroom text, the magazine focuses on enriching and broadening the traditional music curriculum in middle and high schools and appeals to the independent player as well. Learn more about In Tune here.