Each year, the Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC) recognizes the contributions of a humanities faculty member at each of the state's colleges and universities through the presentation of its Humanities Teacher Award based on nominations submitted by the respective institutions.
MVSU’s very own professor of music and keyboard area coordinator Dr. Lawrence Goldman, presented the annual Humanities Teacher Award Lecture to MVSU faculty, staff and students.
Goldman’s presentation titled "The Old, The New and the Exotic: The Piano as You've (Maybe) Never Heard It" discussed examples of the varied sounds and performance approaches that extend the range of listening experiences beyond those traditionally associated with the piano. The examples presented extended from the earliest 18th century fortepianos to the more modern sounds of the prepared piano and electronically modified piano.
“Dr. Goldman is an affluent pianist with a wealth of knowledge about the history of music, especially the development of the piano and its role in music performance,” said Dr. Alphonso Sanders, chair of the MVSU Fine Arts Dept. “They couldn’t have chosen a better recipient for this award.”
Goldman began working at MVSU in 1980 as an assistant professor of music. He’s the first recipient of the James Herbert White Preeminence Award in the Arts presented in 2009 at MVSU, and he’s a 2006 Higher Education Appreciation Day, Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) award winner. This award is presented by the Mississippi Legislature to honor those who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence.
“It’s always an honor to be recognized for your work,” said Goldman. “I chose my topic because I wanted to bring pertinent information to our students that was not only new to them but interesting as well.”
MHC is an organization that sponsors, supports, and conducts a wide range of programs designed to promote understanding of cultural heritage, foster critical thinking, encourage reasonable public discourse, strengthen our sense of community and thus, empower Mississippi's people with a vision for the future.
Goldman will be recognized at the Mississippi Humanities Council's annual awards ceremony in the spring.