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Millikin University Assistant Professor of Music; Dr. Travis Stimeling; has certainly made an impact in terms of his contributions to the Millikin University School of Music.  A Millikin University faculty member since 2007, Dr. Stimeling has tapped into a new project that will assist students in engaging musicological literature. 

This particular project is known as Critical Voices: “The University of Guelph Book Review Project”, an online journal published by students with content consisting of book reviews of recently published musicological literature on music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  The journal is currently published each semester.

“The project was started by a colleague of mine, Dr. Kimberly Francis at the University of Guelph, who invited the Millikin University School of Music to participate in the Critical Voices project. The project began last spring, and it gives students the opportunity to learn about peer review and to engage in scholarship.  Our primary objective is to have students engage with a book, summarize and critique its main points, and express what they have learned in writing.” Dr. Stimeling says.

Recently, the second volume of Critical Voices: “The University of Guelph Book Review Project” was published featuring Dr. Stimeling as a guest editor in which he provided insights into the emerging field of ecomusicology.  Five Millikin University students also provided their musicological expertise on various selections of literature which now can be viewed at http://criticalvoices.lib.uoguelph.ca/index

“We want our students to learn the value of peer review and feedback, and we would like to have a group of students build an editorial capacity for reviewing and editing.” Dr. Stimeling says.

Prior to his efforts on Critical Voices, Dr. Stimeling wrote his first book titled Cosmic Cowboys and New Hicks: The Counter-Cultural Sounds of Austin’s Progressive Country Music Scene” (Oxford University Press, 2011), a book that studies the “progressive country” music scene that thrived in Austin, Texas from 1972-1978.  Dr. Stimeling is currently working on his second book tentatively titled “The Country Music Reader,” which will cover the study of country music from 1922 to the present.  But as for Critical Voices, Dr. Stimeling hopes the project will continue to expand in the coming years.    

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