Elizabeth McLain innovates with social media during COVID-19


Recently, SMR member Elizabeth McLain was featured in several news stories for her innovation in courses she teaches at Virginia Tech. In her history and analytics of musical style class, she had her students make videos on the popular social media app TikTok.You can read some of the stories here and here and here.

SMR presents at “‘Les Six’ at 100” in droves


Recently, SMR members Kristen Clough, Michaela Franzen, and Jessica Grimmer presented papers at “Within and Without: ‘Les Six’ at 100” at Princeton University, a conference held in celebration of the centennial of the group’s coalescence. (For titles and abstracts of their papers, please see below.) This conference featured a wide diversity of papers, panels, and … Continue reading SMR presents at “‘Les Six’ at 100” in droves

SMR Forum proposal-review session


With the deadlines for proposals to present at a number of major conferences looming, SMR Forum recently held a proposal-review session where SMR members could exchange abstracts and receive feedback on their work. In view of the variety and quality of proposals exchanged, the 2020 conference season promises to be a busy one for SMR … Continue reading SMR Forum proposal-review session

Student-Faculty Reading Group: Ritchey, Composing Capital 


Earlier this week, the Student-Faculty Reading group, organized by SMR Forum and the Musicology Department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative, met to discuss Marianna Ritchey’s book Composing Capital: Classical Music in the Neoliberal Era. Apart from the usual stimulating discussion of a pressing topic, those present at this month’s meeting had the opportunity to pose … Continue reading Student-Faculty Reading Group: Ritchey, Composing Capital 

Elizabeth McLain leads training sessions on Disability and Universal Design for learning


On Thursday, October 24, SMR member Elizabeth McLain led two DEI-Office-sponsored training sessions on Disability and Universal Design for learning, one for faculty and staff at SMTD and one for GSIs from across the university. Several SMR members attended the afternoon session. In this session, Elizabeth shared valuable insight into how an understanding of the … Continue reading Elizabeth McLain leads training sessions on Disability and Universal Design for learning