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Ambition + anchorage

Feb. 24, 2022

In this edition of our monthly Dean’s Downbeat, John Davis reflects on our students’ successes, introduces new violin faculty—welcome, Alex Gonzalez!—and celebrates Susan Thomas’ BFA Excellence Award. Transcending pandemic burnout, “our faculty offer anchorage through their teaching excellence, and their wonderfully consistent artistic achievements as performers, composers and researchers,” he writes.

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Remembrance, resilience + forging our future

Jan. 27, 2022

“Even as we bear witness to loss and unknowable challenges with compassion and care, I see us rebounding with resilience again and again—undeterred in our shared quest for excellence, dogged in our pursuit to inform and influence what it means to be a successful, fulfilled creative artist in an increasingly diverse and interdisciplinary musical landscape.”

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“Holding space” for a culture of belonging

Dec. 15, 2021

As 2021 comes to a close and I reflect on my first year as Dean, I’m filled with gratitude for our College of Music family and all we’ve accomplished in a new and evolving hybrid learning environment. I’m especially proud of our progress to ensure an increasingly welcoming spirit within our beautifully expanded Imig Music Building.

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Innovation + inclusivity

Nov. 18, 2021

“We have a strong foundation for DEI work and we’re seeing progress [...] but there’s more work—more positive disruption—ahead of us before we can claim ubiquitous inclusivity in our college’s culture, classrooms and curricula.”

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Enhanced education through interdisciplinary micro credentialing

Oct. 27, 2021

"The way I see it, the College of Music is an innovation lab with endless potential for defining and redefining what it means to be an artist in a dynamic global environment. By developing an interdisciplinary micro credentialing program, my vision is to model an educational experience in which recognized mastery of varied competencies prepares our students for flexible, individualized careers."

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Developing the universal musician

Sept. 30, 2021

In this monthly briefing from Dean Davis, learn his perspective on the future of artistry at the College of Music—thanks, in part, to the features and functionality of the expanded Imig Music Building—as well as his vision for developing the "universal musician."

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Dean's Downbeat

May 26, 2021

In this edition of Dean's Downbeat, learn how the College of Music has channeled change into progress; the work of the college's DEI task forces and how to contribute your input; what we're looking forward to this Fall; and our excitement for a new chapter of in-person music-making. (Dean's Downbeat will resume at the beginning of Fall Semester 2021.)

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Dean's Downbeat

April 28, 2021

In this inaugural edition of Dean's Downbeat, a new monthly briefing from Dean Davis, learn the latest about the College of Music's exciting plans for fall; our deepening focus on diversity, equity and inclusion; and our responsiveness to the campus-wide call for a common curriculum.