Mark Harbold
Grant Category: Fulbright-Nehru Academic & Professional Excellence Award (Teaching)
Project Title: Collaboration in Teaching and Learning Music in South India
Field of Study: Music
Home Institution: Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL
Host Institution: Madras Christian College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu  
Grant Start Month: November, 2017
Duration of Grant: Four months

Mark Harbold
Brief Bio:

Dr. Mark Harbold is professor of music at Elmhurst College. He earned a BMus (Theory/Composition) at St. Olaf College and MA and PhD (composition) at the University of Buffalo. Before arriving at Elmhurst, he taught at Roberts Wesleyan College and St. Olaf College. Dr. Harbold teaches music history, theory, composition, technology, and appreciation, and, more recently, Indian music. His most significant publications are seven editions of the comprehensive Instructor’s Resource Manual to Accompany LISTEN, written to support Joseph Kerman’s & Gary Tomlinson’s LISTEN, one of the leading music appreciation textbooks. Beginning with the fourth edition (Bedford–St. Martin’s Press, 2000), the manual now includes material on Indian musicians such as Smt. D. K. Pattammal and Pt. Ravi Shankar. Dr. Harbold’s recent compositions include piano accompaniments for works by Handel, Vivaldi, Capuzzi, Rameau, and Marcello. His works have been performed by the Elmhurst College Concert Choir, St. Olaf Contemporary and Dance Ensembles, Bach Chamber Choir, and other ensembles around the country. A member of the American Composers Forum and the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, Dr. Harbold is especially active in the College Music Society. He has served in many leadership roles, and in 2012 was appointed CMS Ambassador to South India. Dr. Harbold was a fellow in the NEH Summer Institute, Bharat Darshan (2008), and visiting professor at Madras Christian College (2009). He has often taken students to India, and he is a five-time visitor to Tiruvaiyaru’s Tyagaraja Aradhana.

Indian music education is in transition, propelled in part by strong interest in Western music among film, commercial, and church musicians. Universities are experimenting with innovative approaches, often including studies in Western music. As visiting professor at Madras Christian College (MCC) for his Fulbright-Nehru grant, Dr. Harbold is offering lectures and collaborative courses. He is offering workshops in Western music theory, arranging, and church music for musicians in the Chennai area. He is also helping MCC as it considers developing a church music program and curriculum. Finally, he is observing current approaches to music education at as many schools as possible.