March 18, 2005
Scott Brickman, associate professor of music and education and chair of the arts and humanities division at the University of Maine at Fort Kent presented his paper entitled "What we learned through the Spring Musical" at the College Music Society Northeast (CMSNE) annual conference at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
The common topic for the conference this year was "Balancing Emerging Student and Cultural Demands with Traditional Music Teaching and Learning".
Brickman's paper discussed UMFK@125: The Musical, and using the production as an example, explained how student and cultural demands, particularly in the areas of music theory, music history and music education, were met through teaching and service learning.
The paper showed how UMFK's production team, by staging an original musical influenced by a variety of popular music styles and a contemporary subject, addressed the learning results and provided an example for students of how to solve issues facing an arts educator.
Four numbers from UMFK@125, Crocker's Victory Garden and What's our Name? from the first act, and Head for the Highground and Forever U.F.K. from the second act, were analyzed in detail using the perspectives of music theory, music history and music education.
Brickman discussed how these selections grew out of the work both he and his students did in his Music Theory I, History of Musical Theater and Music Improvisation classes.
"It was refreshing to go back to the musical and approach the work from a new perspective," said Brickman. "I was particularly proud of the positive comments I received from my colleagues regarding the uniqueness of our ability to involve the St. John Valley community in our work."
"I also was relieved that this scholarly academic presentation gave me cause to record the process that our production team went through," added Brickman. "Least of all, I have a first hand account of all of the excitement we had last year".
Brickman who was born in Oak Park, Illinois holds a B.M. from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Music Theory/Composition from Brandeis University. His instrumental and electronic compositions have been performed in major cities throughout the United States as well as in Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, Portugal, Romania, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Yugoslavia.
Sketches of Maine is recorded on the New Ariel label and Signature: Peace on the Capstone label.