In scholarship Keith Ward has been active in five different areas: academic leadership and administration, curriculum and pedagogy, American music, artistic responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and the composers Arnold Schoenberg and Charles Ives. His work has included scholarly articles, essays, reviews, a book, conference papers, guest lectures, presentations, panels, and session facilitator at professional meetings or on college campuses.
Academic Leadership and Administration
- Co-Facilitator, "Working with the Faculty," Workshop for New Administrators in Higher Education, National Association Schools of Music (NASM) annual meetings, St. Louis, MO (2022), Chicago, IL (2019)
- “On Starting as a Department Chair,” DU Chair Handbook (June 2020).
- “How department chairs can lead through a crisis that could last well into this fall,” Inside Higher Ed (19 May 2020), 4 pp., co-authored with Rashida Banerjee, Hava Gordon, and Andrea Stanton.
- Co-Facilitator, “Working with the Academic Community,” Workshop for New Administrators in Higher Education, NASM annual meetings, Washington, DC (2018), Scottsdale, AZ (2017), Dallas, TX (2016) and St. Louis, MO (2015).
- “Lessons Learned,” College Music Society (CMS) Newsletter, November 2010: 6-7.
- Panelist, “International Education and Exchanges: Expanding Opportunities for Music Faculty,” CMS national conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2010).
- Coordinator and co-presenter, day-long, pre-conference Workshop on Administration, CMS national conference, Portland, Oregon (2009).
- Panelist, “’Houston, We Have a Problem: Crisis Management and the Department Chair,” NASM annual meeting, San Diego, California (2009).
- “The Department Chair with No Money: Best Practices in Empowering and Honoring Faculty Work,” NASM Proceedings 97 (April 2009): 55-61, co-authored with John Graulty and Judith Kritzmire. This article is an expansion of the panel cited below.
- Panelist, “The Department Chair with No Money: Best Practices in Empowering and Honoring Faculty Work,” NASM annual meeting, Seattle, Washington (2008).
- “Three Models of Leadership,” College Music Society Newsletter, March 2008: 16-18, co-authored with Karen DeMol and Richard Green.
- “Now that I’m Here, What Should I Do? Encouragement and Advice for New Department Chairs,” Parts 1 and 2, College Music Society Newsletter, September 2008: 8-9 and November 2008: 16-17, co-authored with Charles Boyer, Don Casey, Karen DeMol, John Graulty, Judith Kritzmire, Anne Patterson, Todd Sullivan, and Nancy Ypma.
- Co-Presenter, “Creative Work: The Challenges and Benefits of a Career in Administration,” CMS national conference, Atlanta, Georgia (2008).
- Co-Presenter, “Herding Cats or Thrown to the Wolves? Leadership and the Department Chair,” CMS national conference, Salt Lake City, Utah (2007).
- "On Leadership," College Music Society Newsletter, April 2007.
- Book review, Musical Chairs: Management Handbook for Music Executives in Higher Education (Missoula, MT: College Music Society, 2007), College Music Society Newsletter, January 2007: 28-30.
- “Administration Task Force,” College Music Society Newsletter, May 2007: 21.
- "Administrative Management and Leadership in Music," College Music Society Newsletter, February 2007.
- Co-Presenter, “How to Manage Your Administration,” CMS national conference, San Antonio, Texas (2006).
- Co-Facilitator for pre-conference workshop, “Roundtable for New Music Executives,” NASM annual meeting, Seattle, Washington (2003).
- Co-Presenter, “You Really Need to Do This: The Rewards of Music Administration,” CMS national conference, San Francisco, California (2004).
- “A Paradigm for Training Chairpersons,” The Department Chair 13/1 (Summer 2002): 1-3.
- “Ten Years Later: Preparing for the Chair’s Role,” The Department Chair 12/2 (Fall 2001): 7-8.
- Co-Presenter, "So What's a Person Like You Doing in Administration," CMS national conference, Toronto, Canada (2000).
- “Shall We Dance? Mentoring Aspiring College Faculty,” College Music Society Newsletter (November 1998): 4-5.
Curriculum and Pedagogy
- Panelist, “University Curriculum Roundtable,” Washington Music Educators Association annual meeting, Yakima, Washington (2016).
- Panelist, “An Evolving Curriculum for the 21st Century: Innovation, Transformation, Adaptation,” NASM annual meeting, St. Louis, Missouri (2015).
- Respondent, “The DMA at Sixty,” CMS national conference, St. Louis, Missouri (2014).
- Co-Presenter, “Local Curricular Review and Change,” NASM annual meeting, Hollywood Beach, Florida (2013).
- Co-Presenter, “Paradigm Shifts: Leading to Greater Arts Engagement,” CMS national conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2010).
- Workshop Faculty, Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) Course Design and Teaching Workshop (week-long summer workshop for college teachers,1991-1997).
- Clinician and Keynote Speaker, “AIDS, the Arts, and the Classroom,” Joseph Doctor Colloquium on College Teaching, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, New York (1994).
- Co-Facilitator, “Teaching through Difference: Teaching Practices and Student Diversity,” National Institute on Issues in Teaching and Learning, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois (1993).
- Co-Facilitator, “Teachers, Teaching, and Learning in an Intercultural World," Ford Foundation Conference, Remapping the Academy: Creating Networks of Change Across Boundaries of Difference, Seattle, Washington: (1993).
- “Transforming ‘Basic’ and ‘Mainstream’ Courses: Aesthetic Inquiry and the Human Imagination,” Multicultural America: A Resource Book for Teachers of Humanities and American Studies, edited by Betty E. M. Ch'maj. New York: University Presses of America, 1993: 131-40.
- Co-Facilitator, “Fostering Growth as Teachers and Learners” and “Teaching to the Challenges of Everyday Life,” GLCA Thirtieth Anniversary Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana (1993).
- Administrative Director and participant, “Teaching and Diversity,” Denison University (week-long summer workshop, 1992).
- Co-Director and Clinician, Summer Piano Teachers Conference, Pennsylvania State University (week-long workshop, 1985 & 1986): “Parlor Gems: Didactic Pieces from Nineteenth-Century America,” “Reference Sources for the Piano Teacher,” “The Computer in the Private Studio,” “Evaluating Editions,” other sessions on piano technique and keyboard skills.
- Lecture Recital, "A Musical Adventure," Lamont Society, University of Denver (2018).
- Lecture Recital, “Wagner, Brahms, and…Foote? Reconsidering American Music and the Canon,” Daedalus Society Lecture Series, University of Puget Sound (2014).
- Compact Disc review, Piano Music of Ricky Ian Gordon (Griffin Recording CD BGR223), Journal of the Society for American Music 6/3 (August 2012): 396-98.
- Book, For the Parlor and the Concert Stage: A Guide to Recent Collections of American Piano Music from the Classic and Romantic Eras, 249 pp. Hillsdale: Pendragon Press, 2010, 249 pp. This book is volume 21 in the College Music Society Monographs and Bibliographies in American Music Series.
- Book review, Geoffrey Block, Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Showboat to Sondheim and Lloyd Webber (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), Arches, Winter 2010: 12-13.
- Lecture Recital, “The Gang, oder Stammtisch in Beantown: Romantische Klaviermusik aus Boston,” Hochschule für katholische Kirchenmusik und Musikpägogik, Regensburg, Germany (2006).
- Compact Disc reviews, Deep River: Songs and Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh (Classical Arts/Northeastern 252) and From the Southland: Songs, Piano Sketches and Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh (Premier Recordings 1041), American Music 17/2 (Summer 1999): 230-33.
- Lecture, “Home Grown: Piano Teaching Pieces from Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century America,” Southwest Missouri Music Teachers Association: (1997).
Artistic Responses to HIV/AIDS
- Book chapter, “Musical Responses to HIV and AIDS,” Essays in American Music, IV, edited by James Heintze. New York: Garland Publishers (1999): 323-51. This essay is a revised and expanded version of my paper, “Musical Narrative, Testimony, and Protest: Responses to HIV/AIDS,” listed below.
- Compact Disc reviews, AIDS Quilt Songbook (Harmonia Mundi 907602) and And Trouble Came: Musical Responses to AIDS (CRI 729), American Music 16/3 (Fall 1998): 351-56.
- Lecture, “AIDS and the Fine Arts,” Milliken University, Decatur, Illinois (1997).
- Paper, “Musical Narrative, Testimony, and Protest: Responses to HIV/AIDS,” national meeting of Society for American Music (then Sonneck Society), Washington, DC (1996).
- “AIDS, the Arts, and the Classroom,” Proceedings of the Joseph Doctor Colloquium on College Teaching. New York: Borough of Manhattan Community College, 1994: 2-5.
- Paper, “Shifts of Paradigm and Pedagogy: The First-Year Seminar and the New Academy,” Seventh International Conference on the First-Year Experience, Dublin, Ireland (1994).
- Paper, “A Freshman Seminar Confronts AIDS,” Freshman Year Experience National Conference, Columbia, South Carolina (1993).
Arnold Schoenberg and Charles Ives
- Critical edition, The Anti-Abolitionist Riots in the 1830s and 1840s, in Charles E. Ives Piano Studies: Shorter Works for Piano, Vol. 2, ed. Donald Berman and James B. Sinclair. New York: Peermusic, 2021, 19-21.
- Book chapter, "Ives, Schoenberg, and the Musical Ideal,” Charles Ives and the Classical Tradition, edited by Geoffrey Block and J. Peter Burkholder. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996: 87-104, 164-71
- Paper, “The Object and the Void: Schiele, Schoenberg, and the Dissolution of Ornament,” Faculty Seminar Series, Pittsburg State University (1998) and the conference, "The Fin-de-Siécle Phenomenon in Europe and America: Decadence and Decline or Innovation and Renewal?" sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Consortium, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (1994).
- Lecture Recital, “Musical Coherence in Ives's Concord Sonata,” College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio (1992).
- Lecture Recital, “Understanding Ives,” Fall conference of the Ohio Music Teachers Association, Central-East District, Columbus, Ohio (1991).
- Paper, “Charles Ives and the Over-Soul,” Mid-Atlantic Chapter meeting of the American Musicological Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1985), and the national meeting of the Society for American Music (then Sonneck Society), Boston, Massachusetts (1984).
- Paper, “Charles Ives and Musical Translations: Assimilation of the Over-Soul,” Northeast Chapter meeting of the College Music Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1983; an earlier version of the paper, “Charles Ives and the Over-Soul”).
- Foreign language proficiency: German (fluent).
- Twenty-two monthly Messages to the Membership as President of The College Music Society, 450-800 words, www.music.org (2017-2018).
- George Gershwin: Three Preludes, Arranged for Bassoon and Piano. Tallevast, FL: TrevCo Music, 2012, 18 pp.
- Co-Presenter, “Creating a Healthy Balance,” CMS national conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2010).
- “Life after SYSO,” The Score: Newsletter for the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, Fall 2010: 4-5.
- Guest Professor, Universität Passau, Passau, Germany (faculty exchange, June 2002).
- Paper, “Haydn's Keyboard Works: A Report from Aston Magna,” Columbus (Ohio) Music Teachers Association (1989).
- Lecture, “Pedaling Techniques: A Historical View,” Central Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, State College, Pennsylvania (1986).