Ruth Holmes

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Like some others who have responded to the technology survey, Dr. Ruth Holmes wanted a disclaimer that she considers herself, "a very unsavy technology person, being an "analog" baby instead of a "digital" one. Compared to a number of our faculty,  I am still living in the dark ages regarding technology."

Below is some of what she shared on her technology survey:

"I have an electronic piano lab at my disposal (8 student instruments and one teacher's console). Each piano is equipped with a computer monitor and each student is able to work on music theory aurally with headphones. They can develop or improve their keyboard skills with our set-up which is used in a music theory lab which Dr. Camp teaches.  I have the same students in the music theory class that accompanies the lab."

"It has been a couple of years since we have had a piano class in the lab.  Nonetheless, it was a tremendous help to our students who were preparing to take the piano proficiency exam. The piano class saved me many words over private lessons because I could teach the required skills in a group setting.  The required skills involved: playing scales, sight reading, transposing, and harmonizing melodies at the keyboard."

"We are planning a similar class or lab for the fall of 2012."

"I used a commercially prepared PowerPoint lecture outline in my music history last year, and last summer at Pepperdine, I had an even better PowerPoint lecture outline that came with the music literature/music appreciation text that we used. Of course we are blessed at LCU with a wonderful "smart" room in Allison Music Center which includes a state-of-the-art stereo sound system for playing CDs, DVDs, etc.  I augment our music history class with both commercial PowerPoints and with some I have prepared with the assistance of Nathan Anderson, covering various biographies and histories, such as my current "History of the Harpsichord" presentation which the Roland Corporation US has contracted with me to travel and present. It leads the audience to their digital electronic harpsichord with sampled sound from a 1765 French acoustic instrument as the culmination of harpsichord history over a timeline of 600 years.  Thus far I have presented in Houston (TMTA conference), Los Angeles and Milwaukee, three times in Lubbock, and I am scheduled for a Harpsichord Festival at the University of South Florida in February, and a possible Harpsichord Historical Society conference in Cincinnati in March with yet another in Chicago to be scheduled."

Although it seems a bit out of date today, Dr. Holmes has been a leader in campus technology having provided audio tape recordings and then CDs, for each student to prepare for the listening portions of music history classes. Now the textbooks come with CDs. Whew!  That has saved her a lot of time.

In the early days at LCU Dr. Holmes recorded all of the recitals with her own gear.  With the recording equipment that we have available now at LCU, that is taken care of for the students and the faculty and staff.

Last Updated: May 02, 2012