Gerald Back -- He has fair skin, brown eyes, and short brown hair with a mustache and beard. He is the husband of Rebecca. They run the Community Supported Agriculture farm Veg Out Vermont just outside of Rutledge. Gerald excels at demonstrating things so people can understand. As a hobby, he enjoys woodworking. His love of farming makes it hard for him to take time off and relax.
Qualities: Good (+2) Demonstrating Things, Good (+2) Farmer, Good (+2) Naturalistic Intelligence, Good (+2) Strength, Good (+2) Woodworking
Poor (-2) Workaholic
Rebecca Back -- She has fair skin, brown eyes, and long wavy brown hair. She is the wife of Gerald. They run the Community Supported Agriculture farm Veg Out Vermont just outside of Rutledge. Rebecca enjoys inspiring people to try new foods and gardening techniques. As a hobby, she likes athletic competitions such as marathons and Grubstakes. She grew up as a tomboy and still has little affinity for traditionally feminine interests, other than practical things like cooking or sewing. Consequently more of her friends are men than women, although she does get along with other rural women.
Qualities: Good (+2) Athletic Competitions, Good (+2) Farmer, Good (+2) Inspiring People, Good (+2) Stamina, Good (+2) Visual-Spatial Intelligence
Poor (-2) Girl Stuff
Curtis Collingswood -- He has ruddy skin, blue eyes, and shoulder-length white hair with a short mustache and beard. He is tall and limber. He is 68 years old in 2014. Curtis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. He plays piano, guitar, trumpet, and recorder. He also participated in the Business and Enterprise Program. After graduating, Curtis went to work in the family business, Collingswood Music in Rutledge, Vermont. The store buys, sells, rents, and repairs musical instruments of many types. It also offers lessons and community musical events. As the only music store in Rutledge County, it provides instruments to all the school programs and most of the churches and other organizations. The next closest music stores are in Burlington and Montpelier. Age is slowing down his reflexes, so Curtis wants to retire, but hasn't found anyone to take over the store, since neither of his children stayed in the area.
Qualities: Good (+2) Dedicated, Good (+2) Dexterity, Good (+2) Extrovert, Good (+2) Music Store Owner, Good (+2) Musical Intelligence
Poor (-2) Slowing Down with Age
Bachelor of Arts in Music at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont
Required for the Major: Majors are required to take MUSC 0101; MUSC 0209; MUSC 0260-0261; MUSC 0333; MUSC 0334; a performance elective such as MUSC 0240, 0243, 0244, or 0500; two 0200-level or above elective music courses; and MUSC 0400 senior seminar.
MUSC 0101 - Introduction to Music
Introduction to Music
In this course we will develop critical listening skills through guided study of selected works of Western classical, popular, and folk music, as well as a sampling of music from non-Western cultures. Students will examine how music uses basic sound materials—such as rhythm, melody, timbre, texture, and harmony—to create meaning and expression, how those uses have changed over time from the Middle Ages to the present, and how music relates to its social and historical context and to the other arts. Previous musical training is not required. 3 hrs. ART CMP HIS
MUSC 0209 - Composition I
Music I focuses on the materials and grammar of music through compositional exercises. As part of these explorations, we will examine the elements of harmony (scales, triads and seventh chords), notation, rhythm, polyrhythm, binary and ternary forms, two-voice counterpoint, variation, transposition, as well as skills in conducting, analysis, ear-training, and sight-singing. Students will write short pieces for a variety of instruments and ensembles, notate their pieces, and rehearse and perform them, thereby learning about music through discovery and observation. The assignments are designed for students with or without compositional experience. (Ability to play an instrument or sing; MUSC 0160, or passing score on the MUSC 0160 placement exam) 3 hrs. lect./1 hr. lab. ART
MUSC 0260 - Music Theory II: Diatonic ▹
Music Theory II: Diatonic Theory
This course is an in-depth technical study of the materials of music, a study which expands one’s ability to analyze and create music and to understand different musical styles. We will cover harmonic materials, introduce musical form, and work with traditional compositional skills. These techniques are applied to the analysis of classical music, jazz and popular music. (MUSC 0160 or passing score on the MUSC 0160 placement exam.) 3 hrs. lect./disc. ART
MUSC 0261 - Music Theory III: Chromatic
Music Theory III: Chromatic Theory
This course is a continuation of MUSC 0260. Students will study more advanced harmonic devices including modulation and chromaticism, jazz harmony, and post-tonal techniques. In-depth analysis of classical music, jazz, and popular music supports a more advanced study of musical form. (MUSC 0260) 3 hrs. lect./disc. ART
MUSC 0333 - Music in Western Cultures
Music in Western Cultures
In this course we will develop skills for assessing music’s social, economic, and political importance in Western societies. Through a series of units focusing on various aspects of music (such as composition, performance, dissemination, and reception) and on various eras from ancient Greece to the present, students will engage with the principal questions and methods of historical musicology. (MUSC 0101) 3 hrs. lect. ART CMP CW HIS
MUSC 0334 - Music in World Cultures
Music in World Cultures
In this course students will develop skills for analyzing a wide range of music styles and appreciating their social, economic, and political importance. We will explore selected case studies through readings, lectures, discussions, film screenings, listening sessions, workshops, concerts, and hands-on activities. (MUSC 0209 or MUSC 0261) 3 hrs. lect. AAL ART CMP
MUSC 0240 - Performing Chamber Music
Performing Chamber Music
In this course for intermediate to advanced performers we will explore the art of collaborative music making in the classical tradition. Students will form small vocal and instrumental ensembles (2–6 players) at the beginning of the semester or may enroll in the course as an established ensemble. Repertoire will be determined in collaboration with instructor. Weekly coaching sessions for each group and master classes for all groups will culminate in at least one end-of-semester performance and writing assignment. In addition to technical performance issues, master classes and readings will consider group dynamics, rehearsal techniques, and interpersonal aspects of musical collaboration. Although previous chamber music experience is not required, students should be experienced performers of notation-based music. 3 hrs. lect/disc. ART
(Taken once each for piano, guitar, trumpet, and recorder)
MUSC 0500 - Independent Study
Admission by approval. Please consult published departmental guidelines and paragraph below.
MUSC 0232 - Music in the United States
Music in the United States
In this course we will examine folk, classical, and popular music in the United States from the 17th century to the present. We will use historical and analytical approaches to gain insight into the music, the musicians, and the social and cultural forces that have shaped them. Students will explore music’s relation to historical events, other artistic movements, technological changes, and questions of national identity and ethnicity. Topics will include music in the British colonies, minstrelsy, American opera and orchestras, jazz, popular music, and the experimentalist composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Music reading skills are useful but not required. 3 hrs. lect./disc. AMR ART NOR
MUSC 0250 - Performance Art
When different arts merge in unusual and provocative ways, performance art is created. This seminar will engage in discussions, research, and creative projects regarding performance art—how it comes about, its place in our culture, and its aesthetic. Our focus and explorations will center on musical components. We will delve into the roots of performance art in the early nineteenth-century in writing and music, including work from Berlioz, Cage, Kagel, the Talking Heads, Laurie Anderson, Reich, and Glass concluding with the music/performance art of today. In addition, we will discuss the processes behind performance art, and create some of our own, culminating in a ‘concert’ of work. (A knowledge of an instrument or voice is desirable, though not required) 3 hrs. lect ART
MUSC 0400 - Senior Seminar (T-American: Folk Music of Vermont)
Topic is determined by the instructor - refer to section for the course description. ART
(Curtis performed in the Middlebury College Orchestra.)
Demonstrated proficiencies: Music majors will be required to demonstrate basic piano and sight-singing proficiencies in the semester at the end of Theory II (MUSC 0260). If preparation is needed, music majors are required to take a semester of keyboard harmony, arranged through the music office.
In addition to the curricular requirements, majors are required to participate for three semesters in at least one departmentally-approved ensemble: African Music and Dance Ensemble, Afropop Ensemble, Middlebury College Orchestra, Middlebury College Choir, Middlebury College Community Chorus, The Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble, or Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble.
Middlebury College Orchestra auditions for instrumentalists at the beginning of the semester. Twice-weekly rehearsals take place in Robison Hall in preparation for performances featuring music from all periods. See course listing for MUSC 0205. (E. Bennett).
A Student Guide to the Middlebury’s Business and Enterprise Professor of the Practice Program
at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont
The Middlebury Enterprise and Business Program offers a set of interdisciplinary courses taught by successful executives who have real world experience and a desire to convey their knowledge to students. We call these executives Professors of the Practice; they are drawn from the broad Middlebury College network of alumni, parents, and friends of the college.
Enterprise and Business courses are meant to complement Middlebury’s liberal arts offerings, not to substitute for or replace them. They show students how the general skills learned in the liberal arts translate to specific skills used in business and enterprise, thereby strengthening students’ understanding of the general skills. Businesses and enterprises of all types highly value individuals who can blend general liberal arts skills together to solve real-world problems.
These courses are designed for students going into leadership roles in for-profit, non-profit, government and for-benefit enterprises. All enterprises need trained managers and executives to carry out their functions in the economy. For example, a television producer needs to keep control of budgets for a show; a NGO executive delivering supplies to refugees needs to know how to manage people and cover costs; a school principal needs to meet budgets and contain expenditures. The Enterprise and Business courses
provide students with institutional knowledge and an understanding of the skills used in business and enterprise to achieve those goals.
Enterprise and Business courses can be thought of as analogous to lab courses in the natural sciences. They provide students with an opportunity to apply liberal arts skills to real-world problems that students are likely to encounter in their careers after Middlebury.
All business courses are interdisciplinary; they provide students with general college credit, rather than credit within a specific department or major.
Business and Enterprise Courses offered in 2018-2019
Foundational Courses: Open to Freshmen
• Accounting, Budgeting and the Liberal Arts (INTD 0116) (fall and spring) suggested for students going into either finance or management. Accounting is the basic language of business and the spreadsheet analysis students learn in accounting is a foundation for technical aspects of business.
Intro to Business and Enterprise (INTD 0120) (Fall and Spring): This is what we think of as our Business for Poets Course. It is designed to introduce students with no background in business or enterprise to business terminology, institutions and skills.
• If you have some acquaintance with business, we suggest taking Accounting and Budgeting as the beginning course.
• Introduction to Finance (INTD 0217) (fall and spring) Designed for students who are interested in either finance specifically or business more generally. It introduces students to finances role in business, valuation techniques, and the basics of financial analysis. Students are strongly encouraged to take Intro to Accounting before taking this course.
• Management and Enterprise (INTD 0220) (fall): An introduction to management and consulting issues. It is designed for students with some acquaintance with business and enterprise.
Upper Level Courses: Designed for Students who are Interested in Finance
• Investment Management (INTD 0319) (spring) Designed for students who are planning a career in finance. It focuses on portfolio analysis and selection.
• Capital Markets (INTD 0320) (fall and spring) Designed for students planning a career in finance. It explores the different types of capital markets, such as private equity and derivative markets.
The Middlebury Enterprise and Business program also offers occasional winter term and semester courses on specific topics relevant to business, management, and finance.
INTD 0116 Accounting and the Liberal Arts (Fall 2019, Spring 2020)
Accounting is the lingua franca of commercial and financial activity, and applies equally to corporations, non-profits, and governments. In this course we will learn the basic concepts and standards underlying the accounting language including: revenue recognition, inventory, long-lived assets, present value, long-term liabilities, and financial statements. We then turn to the application and use of accounting information in forecasting, operating, and measuring an enterprise. These managerial accounting concepts are used to develop budgets and evaluate results. Our understanding of accounting and financial statements is needed to understand how business interrelates with society. The major course project will be developing an Excel financial model; no prior Excel experience required. 3 hrs. lect., 3 hr. lab (not open to students who have taken INTD 0316). (A. Magri)
INTD 0120 Introduction to Business and Enterprise (Fall 2019, Spring 2020)
This course provides students who have little to no background in business with a broad overview of business and enterprise in the economy. Students will learn about types of enterprises and a functional framework for understanding a business, including strategy, finance, production, and marketing. This framework will be used to analyze various businesses and non-profits, exploring the advantages and disadvantages of various structures. The course will give overviews of accounting and entrepreneurship, and explore policy and philosophical debates about the morality of for-profit business and the need for corporate responsibility. 3 hrs. lect. SOC (Fall 2019: A. Biswas; Spring 2020: T. Nguyen)
INTD 0130 Business Ethics (Fall 2019)
Capitalism and competitive markets are often considered the most efficient system of simultaneously maximizing private wealth and public good. In the real world, however, truly competitive markets do not exist. Imperfect markets have been made to work efficiently while protecting public good through systems of public intervention, i.e., laws and regulations, and voluntary self-restraint by business organizations in response to societal expectations. In this class we will consider the role of ethics in business, with students analyzing the process by which ethical norms and strongly held moral beliefs guide the conduct of economically driven business organizations. Students will reflect on business managers’ responsibility to their owners, i.e., shareholders, other stakeholders, and society-at-large.3 hr lecture/disc. (T. Nguyen)
INTD 0205 Marketing: Formulation, Methods, and Research (Fall 2019)
Marketing is both a qualitative and a quantitative discipline. It is one of the rare business fields that actively draws upon and integrates the creative and analytical components of the liberal arts tradition. In this course students will be exposed to a broad overview of marketing principles, focusing on the application of marketing theory to for-profit, not-for-profit, and the public sectors. Cause marketing and social marketing techniques will also be discussed to determine their utility in combating social ills and promoting favorable public health behaviors and outcomes. As the implementation of marketing programs is undergoing a massive transformation from conventional to digital media, students will be exposed to digital designing and marketing, which are driven by a sound understanding of consumer segmentation, brand positioning, distinct product benefits, and relevant in-market executions. (INTD 0120) Introductory statistics course recommended. 3 hrs. lect. (T. Nguyen)
INTD 217 Introduction to Finance (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020)
In this introductory survey course we will cover the role of finance in society, the basic workings of the financial system, how funds are allocated within the economy, and how institutions raise money. We will cover a range of topics, including: interest rates and the time value of money; uncertainty and the trade-off between risk and return; security market efficiency; stocks, bonds and optimal capital structure; financing decisions and capital budgeting; sovereign risk; foreign currencies; derivatives markets; and concerns about the role of finance in society. The course will include discussions of current news events in global markets. Recommended: INTD 0116 (formally INTD 0316). Students who have not taken INTD 116 (or INTD 0316) will be required to demonstrate basic proficiency in Accounting. 3 hrs. lect., 3 hr. lab (F. Van Gansbeke)
INTD 0220 Management, Enterprise, and Business (Fall 2019)
This course explores how to manage businesses, non-profits or other enterprises from a liberal-arts perspective. Drawing on management theories and liberal-arts concepts, we will review organizations facing serious management challenges and discuss their solutions. Students will work in a small group with a local business, preparing three presentations and reports on their management issues and how to approach them using practical management and liberal-arts techniques including problem solving, teamwork, concept structuring and effective storytelling. Students should have basic knowledge of business or enterprise concepts, such being able to name the 3 main financial statements or to describe “marketing” and “operations”. INTD 120 Introduction to Business & Enterprise, is recommended but not required. One midterm + take-home final exam plus team presentations, reports and assignments. 3 hrs. lect. 3 hour lab. (A. Biswas)
INTD 0221 Creating New Enterprises To Solve Significant Problems: For-Profit and Social Entrepreneurship (Spring 2020)
In this class students will explore how entrepreneurial innovators solve significant problems by creating new enterprises, and how these new organizations impact our society. In today’s society, entrepreneurship seems ubiquitous. At times, it appears that entrepreneurs can do no wrong. At other times, they are depicted as over-optimistic fools. Such polar characterizations may sell magazines, but they do not capture what entrepreneurship is, which involves a more complex and interesting story— in both for-profit and social entrepreneurship environments. Students will explore entrepreneurship in depth with the goal of penetrating the popular veneer and uncovering the essence of starting and growing new enterprises designed to solve significant societal problems. 3 hrs. lect/disc (Ernie Parizeau)