Music Scholarship Between Tradition and Innovation


On December 14-15 Charles University, NYU Prague, and the Department of Music at New York University are delighted to co-sponsor a series of presentations and discussions on the theme, “Tradition and Innovation in Music Scholarship.”  Bringing together members of the scholarly community in these three institutions with members of other organizations and universities in the Czech Republic, the event hopes to foster a robust dialogue about directions in our field.

The Current plan has Day 1 at Charles University and Day 2 at NYU Prague.

Instead of the usual formal paper sessions we are asking for brief (10 minutes or less…) statements which present the outlines of a research project, contextualizing it where appropriate, and addressing such questions as:

  1. What is the nature of your project?
  2. Why did you choose this kind of project?
  3. What kinds do results do you hope for?
  4. What are the most challenging problems you have encountered in your work?
  5. How do you see your work in relation to the work of others?

Obviously, not all questions need to be addressed in any presentation, but we do wish to keep the process somewhat personal, informal and straightforward.  Each informal presentation will be followed by approximately 10 minutes discussion.

The event will take place at both Charles University and NYU Prague and information about specific locations and times will be forthcoming. 

The event is open to anyone interested in the issues we are exploring, whether or not they will make a presentation.  Please let us know if you would be interested in attending and also if you wish to make a presentation.  Please contact Prof. Michael Beckerman at Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript..

The last evening of the event, Dec. 15th, is, by lucky coincidence the 125th anniversary of the first performance of Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony.  The final dinner will celebrate that event with surprise presentations on a lighter level…


Michael Beckerman

Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Music

Collegiate Professor of Music

New York University