Diane PaigeAssociate Professor of Music and Department Chair
What is your position at Hartwick?/What career path did you take to your position?
I trained as a musicologist/music historian and was hired by Hartwick right out of graduate school. I am responsible for the music history and world music curriculum in the department. I also supervised student teachers when I first came to the College.
What brought you to Hartwick?/Why Hartwick?
It is a friendly place and I had a lot of latitude in designing new courses like Music of the African Diaspora, Music of the Roma (Gypsies), Music of WWI and WWII, Music of the World's Cultures, and American Folk Music.
Where are you from?/Where did you go to school?
I grew up on a dairy farm in northeast Iowa. I studied at Colorado State (BM Music Education), Univ of Iowa (MA Musicology), and University of California, Santa Barbara (PhD Musicology) as well as at a Slavic language institute at the University of Indiana.
Why is the "Liberal Arts in Practice" method an effective way for your students to learn?
It teaches them to think critically and shows them how knowledge and dispositions can be applied to real-world problems. The real value of any education is to help students develop into global citizens who can thrive in the world.
What about your work energizes/excites you?
The students. The music majors bring good energy to the department and I enjoy watching the transformation they undergo in four years. I also love directing and co-directing J Term courses abroad. So far, I've taken students to Anguilla (British West Indies), Ghana, and Brazil. I would be excited to take students to Hungary and Romania to study the music and culture of the Roma (Gypsies) there, or to England to work in the National Archives studying the role of music in that country during World Wars I and II.
Do you consider yourself a mentor to students? In what way?
Yes. I have supervised dozens of theses on music history, world music, music education and music therapy since coming to Hartwick, as well as mentoring Emerson, Duffy, and Freedmen Prize winners. I like working with students to design interesting research projects and enjoy watching them see it through to the end. Students have won awards to intern and research in Ireland, Brazil, England thus far and my most recent mentee, a first-year student, designed a handbook for high school musical theatre directors as part of a Freedman Prize.
What are your classes like?/What is your best place to teach?
I teach using a combination of lecture/discussion – I can't fully get away from lecturing since I often teach survey courses. My FYS and ILS courses are largely discussion and group-work oriented. I teach mostly down in Anderson because of the equipment and instruments that I need for my classes.
How do you describe our students to colleagues, friends and family?
Energetic, earnest, and willing to work hard when pushed.
Have you won any awards/special honors/recognition?
I won three awards for my dissertation research in graduate school, have been named a who's-who's professor, and have been recognized for my teaching/mentoring. I am currently the Arkell Hall Foundation Professor in the Arts, an endowed chair. I also have received two Trustee Travel Grants to do archival work in the Czech Republic. I am also a member of the Hartwick Honor Society and of Phi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.
What research are you doing, how do you engage your students in your work?
Since my research involves the ability to read Czech, I can't really involve students in those projects. However, I am now working on a book on the history of music and war and hope to get students involved with that work.
What are your most recent publications, scholarly works, exhibitions, performances?
In the last two years, I have really stepped up my research agenda. I have, among other things, presented at three international conferences, several domestic ones, written articles/book reviews on everything from Czech, Hungarian, and Israeli music to the music of World War I, and given public lectures on a variety of topics for general audiences. I often guest lecture for colleagues around campus. I'm not as active as some on campus and find it difficult, at times, to juggle my work as chair with finding time to do research but I believe it is important to stay active as a scholar – it keeps you energized and informs your teaching.
What is your most valued Hartwick experience?
Taking students abroad. I am fascinated watching them transform within the short period of one month into people who begin to see the world differently. They become more aware of the inequalities around the globe, begin to understand the rich cultural histories throughout the world, and become thankful for the opportunities they have as North American citizens.
What do you consider your most important contribution to Hartwick?
I am not a marquee player. I work best behind the scenes. I believe that I deliver high quality courses for majors and non-majors. I strive as a chair to mentor and support my colleagues in their work to build our music program.