Music professors to lead study abroad trip to Europe

April 11 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - History will come alive for a group from Indiana State University as they kick off their summer by exploring Europe’s cultural cities and places.

Tim Crain and Kevin Clifton, both assistant professors of music at Indiana State, will take a group of 36 students, faculty, staff, and family members exploring sites in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland May 5-17.

“I have always wondered why we do not emphasize more study abroad in Western European countries to supplement the traditional music education we give our students. Nothing could be better for our students then to explore the places where most of the material we study originated,” Crain said.

Crain’s passion for the trip is rooted in personal experience.

“When I was a student studying in Germany in the mid-1990s the experience completely changed my understanding of my art and discipline,” Crain said.

“As the world becomes smaller and smaller, it is time to re-envision what the classroom is and can be. For most students, the actual places and contexts in which arts such as music were created are only boring facts in a book or pictures on the internet. This trip brings music history to life and gives then the chance to have a short-term study abroad opportunity,” Clifton added.

Crain said it’s difficult for music students to do a traditional semester-long study abroad trip.

“Between classes, lessons and performances, it’s rare for them to get away without putting themselves behind,” he said.

The 12-day tour includes stops in Vienna, Munich, Salzburg, Heidelberg, Liechtenstein, and Cologne. Along the way, the group will visit the birthplaces of Mozart and Beethoven, go on guided tours of Vienna and Munich, visit the Dachau concentration camp, travel through the Black Forest and take a cruise up Rhine River.

Many of the 27 students travelling abroad are upperclassmen and graduate students who have a solid background in music history and theory.

“I can’t wait to see Vienna and Munich in person,” said graduate student Jason Hammond-Wood.

“We study about all of these important places, and now we’ll have the chance to see what they’re really like,” Wood, a former student of Crain’s and currently a member of Clifton’s advanced music theory course.

Crain would like to organize a trip to France and England next summer for students.

“I’d like to see the trips become an annual thing,” he said.

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Photo Cutline: Kevin Clifton, assistant professor of music and co-coordinator of the music study abroad trip, provides Veronica Lattis, a senior music major from Rising Sun, and Matt Lindley, a music department alumnus, with an information packet and a backpack at the first of three meetings prior to departing for Western Europe on May 5. The group will learn more about the areas culture and language at upcoming meetings. Photo by Tony Campbell.

Contacts: Tim Crain, ISU Music Department, (812) 237-2792 or tcrain1@isugw.indstate.edu
Kevin Clifton, ISU Music Department, (812) 237-2731 or kclifton@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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History will come alive for a group from Indiana State University as they kick off their summer by exploring Europe's cultural cities and places.

Tim Crain and Kevin Clifton, both assistant professors of music at Indiana State, will take a group of 36 students, faculty, staff, and family members exploring sites in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland May 5-17.

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