Paul Scharfenberger 

Paul Scharfenberger is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and Keene State College. He has been a member of the Franklin Pierce music faculty since 1978 and is presently co-coordinator of the department along with David Brandes. Paul has studied formally, at various times, trombone, recorder, piano and viola da gamba and he founded Franklin schafen

Pierce's early music group Lachrimae in 1979. He is also the recording librarian, overseeing a collection of thousands of individual items. Outside the University, Paul has been the principal trombonist of the Monadnock Orchestra and has hosted his own classical music programs on New Hampshire Public Radio and WMDK/WRPT, Peterborough. His particular interests are music history (especially Medieval, Renaissance and Twentieth Century), John Cage, writing music for percussion and linking music to other disciplines. "Our purpose is to provide our students with the tools to realize their goals. We work closely with each student to fashion a program tailored to their needs."

Music History
The study of music history is essential to the complete musician. Franklin Pierce requires music majors and minors to complete two semesters of music history and we offer several period courses and specialty courses to cover specific topics in depth. Music history can be a fascinating exploration into the human mind and the diverse ways it operates. Those students interested in performance need to place the works they perform in a historical context. Students interested in music theory and composition need a historical basis for their own work. Knowing what has gone on before is essential to understanding the present and the future. Humans have not always viewed music as we do now. And we do not now view music as our descendants will. We are part of a musical time continuum, and it is important that we, as musicians, know as much of that continuum as we can.

Our music history survey course covers six basic periods: Ancient and Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth Century. Particular attention is devoted to specific composers, artistic movements and the place of music in the art of the time and the society as a whole. Listening is an important part of this process for music is essentially sound, not words. Some research is required.

Popular Musical Culture
Since Bill Haley is one of the specialty courses offered by the music department, we explore the growth and diffusion of popular music since the beginning of rock 'n' roll in the mid-1950s. Students listen to music, view films (popular and documentary), explore their own tastes and engage in understanding the place of rock music in our diverse society as it has developed over the last forty years. Popular musical culture is particularly useful to mass communications majors interested in commercial radio. The course meets four hours per week and therefore students receive four credits.

Women and Music
This course examines the contributions of women to musical culture through western history and in our contemporary world. Topics explored are women composers, performers, patrons and the images of women in various musical genres such as opera, heavy metal and country. Available as either a Music or Women's Studies course.

►If you are interested in music history in the context of world events, your time will be well-spent here.