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Learning to Perform - New Special Collections Exhibit

mozart.jpgLearning to perform music using the technology and performance conventions of the time when the music was composed requires finding the primary sources from that era to create a historically informed performance. These primary resources include performance directions written by composers; contemporary method books, dictionaries, and instructional texts; first published editions; annotations left in scores by musicians from first performances; ethnomusicological transcriptions; and early accounts of musical performances.

In this exhibit you will learn about instruments like the Chinese qin and the Grand Harmonicon, about musical notation such as figured base and shapenote, and much more. The exhibit will be on view in the North Lobby of Honnold/Mudd through Fall 2017.

For more information, please contact Special Collections: spcoll@cuc.claremont.edu or 909-607-3977.

Image credit: Mozart, Leopold. Versuch einer gr√ľndlichen Violinschule. Augsburg: J.J. Lotter, 1800. Special Collections, MT262 M87 1800x

Summer is a time for piling family, maybe even grandma, friends, and pets into the family car - be it a station wagon or covered wagon - and head off for a great adventure. Let Special Collections's current exhibit help you reminisce about your experiences of this time-honored tradition. The exhibit offers glimpses into travel throughout the western United States. The materials on display reflect various modes of travel in the region taken up by individuals and families during the 19th and 20th centuries. On display are first-hand accounts such as diaries and photographs, and ephemera such as road signs and marketing materials. See how these road trips from the past could lead you to your next great adventure! This exhibit will be on view in the Claremont Colleges Library North Lobby from June 6th to August 4th.

7Cs Students' Poetry Reading

Thursday, April 20 at 3:00pm
Founders Room, Honnold/Mudd Library
Light refreshments

Drop in to read your favorite poem--one you wrote or one by a favorite author. Drop in to listen to others reading their favorite poems.

This is one of several events in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of CGU's Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. For information on all the events, see the 5C Creative Writing blog.


The Claremont Colleges Library has been selected to receive a grant from Steelcase Education supporting the installation of an active learning classroom as part of the Active Learning Center (ALC) program. This award of $65,000, plus design and instructional services support, will improve the Keck Learning Room (KLR) In the revamped classroom, students will have opportunities for hands-on engagement with primary sources and digital scholarship. Faculty will also use the classroom to learn new strategies for active learning and inclusive pedagogy through the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

Steelcase received 961 proposals and awarded just 15 grants; only 8 (less than 1%) went to institutions of Higher Education. The Claremont Colleges Library is thrilled to be among these. The Steelcase award will allow us to complete renovations and improvements to the Keck Learning Room over the summer in time for a fall semester opening.

For more information, see our complete press release.

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