At the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society some years ago, coffee mug and espresso cup respectively in hand, Erika Honisch and Giovanni Zanovello got to chatting about how so much “early music”—music and musical practices before about 1750—emerged as a result of sociability and cultural encounter, and also how daunting it is to try and teach it this way. Comparing notes, they realized that in their efforts to introduce students to musical voices and communities and points of contact typically left out of college survey courses, they had assembled complementary sets of resources.
They decided to reach out to others who were also interested in teaching music history more inclusively, with the idea that everyone might pool articles, books, and images that had worked in the classroom, and ultimately share ideas for assignments, lecture notes, and more. A little collective took shape, growing slowly but steadily through word of mouth, and building up a rich array of sources.
Fast-forward to 2020: on behalf of our merry band of contributors and users, Giovanni and Erika would like to welcome you. We hope you will find our work useful, and invite you to join us!
Brian Barone, Remi Chiu, Karen Cook, Andrew Dell'Antonio, Gillian Gower, Kirby Haugland, Erika Honisch, Robert L. Kendrick, Anne Levitsky, Lucia Marchi, Melanie Marshall, Luisa Nardini, Alina Tylinski, Travis D. Whaley, Emily Wilbourne, Giovanni Zanovello
Detail of a marginal painting of a friar with a musical instrument and a woman with upraised arms, from the Maastricht Hours, Low Countries (Liège), c. 1300–1325. London, BL, Stowe MS 17, f. 38r