NAS vs. Nas

Feb 20, 2014 by Peter Wood |

The National Association of Scholars (NAS) is sometimes confused with the hip hop artist and actor, Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, widely known as Nas. The mistake is understandable.  Here’s how to tell the difference.

Test Your Knowledge: Christmas Music

Dec 06, 2013 by Glenn Ricketts |

A quiz on some of the traditions behind traditional Christmas music.

Test Your Knowledge: Music Education

Dec 03, 2013 by Rachelle Peterson |

Do you know your scales and arpeggios?

U Arizona Center for American Culture and Ideas to Hold First Arts and Culture Conference

Sep 18, 2013 by NAS |

The Center for American Culture and Ideas at the University of Arizona will offer its first conference, on “The Future of (High) Culture in America,” in March 2014. 

The Transformational Decade

Feb 06, 2013 by Daniel Asia |

The University of Arizona debuts its new hip-hop major.

The Put On of the Century, or the Cage Centenary

Feb 04, 2013 by Daniel Asia |

It is the John Cage Centenary and the 100th birthday of the Rite of Spring. Why is the former so unimportant, and the latter so important?

Stravinsky and Hip-hop Culture

Nov 01, 2012 by Daniel Asia |

In today's culture of non-judgmentalism, can we still distinguish between Stravinsky's ballets and local DJs' synthesized beats?

Mumford and Sons: God, Literature, and Rock and Roll

Sep 10, 2012 by David Clemens |

A deeper look at the lyrics of popular band Mumford and Sons reveals influences of Steinbeck and explorations of the 21st century male experience and his spiritual yearnings.

Ruminations at the end of the semester

May 04, 2012 by Daniel Asia |

I have recently returned from a trip abroad.  In receiving my peanuts, pretzels and drink during the flight, I also received two napkins.

Comments on “The Razor’s Edge”

Mar 26, 2012 by Daniel Asia |

A brief look at Fox's article on Western Civilization.

More on William Byrd

Sep 09, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

A response to reader inquiries about the sixteenth-century English master.

Multiculturalism in a Different Key

Jun 14, 2011 by Glenn Ricketts |

A look at multiculturalism through a different lens.

Culture and the NY Times

Dec 08, 2010 by Daniel Asia |

I am aware that I am getting older, and therefore have less patience. But is it really that important where I or you were when John Lennon died? Thirty years after his untimely death this still seems to be an important question…

Finishing a Recent Article

Apr 23, 2010 by Daniel Asia |

I have recently finished an article for a future Academic Questions on the difficult place in which Classical Music finds itself in the Academy. I also suggest that the problem is a symptomatic of a larger societal one. I was asked…

Fanfare on NAS Homepage

Mar 23, 2010 by Ashley Thorne | now greets readers with a festive fanfare; these are the opening bars of Gateways, the title piece of the 2001 album by composer Daniel Asia.