Reviewed by: Juliet Penna, Associate Editor, ProQuest
College Music Symposium is a compelling example of a music periodical that has crossed from print media into online media, adding the richness of audiovisual tools. The premier journal of the College Music Society, it was published in print from 1961 to 2010, and many of the print articles are accessible in html on the current site.
The articles are published in sections presented in publication date order, and grouped into volumes by year. Each of ten sections is accessible from the home page, as well as through a link titled “Components.” There are 10 components, as described from the “Symposium FAQs” page:
The most exciting sections are "Video Lectures, Performances, and Lecture-Recitals" and the "Audio Performance Archive." The former includes video recordings in all the stated topics. Each entry is briefly introduced and includes information about the recording: “Presentation type,” “Recording Date,” “Recording location,” and “Duration.”
The "Audio Performance Archive" is structured in the same way, but presents audio recordings only. Both seem like excellent tools for College Music Society members seeking discovery and music educators seeking ideas and new works. Both sections have few entries so far, but will hopefully grow as more and more members discover the value in presenting their works and ideas online.
The least satisfying section is “Events in Music,” which is merely a calendar of various events. It does not seem thorough; it may rely primarily on reader / member submitted dates.
The web site over all is cleanly and simply designed. I found it very maneuverable once I discovered how the Volumes are organized, not discretely but one following another within the main “Components.” The search function is simple but covers what seems like enough parameters.
College Music Symposium will be useful to music educators and researchers, as well as musicians and music students.