This past month I ran across my copy of Mary Anne Rees’s book, CMS: The First Fifty Years (2010). Delving into The Society’s archive, Mary Anne highlights major developments that defined CMS between 1958 and 2008. It’s a rich history she tells! Her book captures qualities that highlight our Society’s unique contribution to music in higher education as an umbrella organization -- a meeting place for our many specializations, a place where work within disciplines shares space with interdisciplinary inquiry, exploration of new pedagogies, curricular innovation, and career development.
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.