Eugene Montague's research explores the roles of human agency and physical movement in musical performance through a number of articles, essays, and presentation on various musical genres. These include:
• Book chapter on the relationships between physical gesture and the phenomenology of agency in performing music
• Essay on the pleasures of playing in Ligeti's “Touches bloquées” étude,
• Article on the connection between expression and movement in a Chopin étude,
• Book chapter on the roles of instrumental gesture in Debussy's prelude, “La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune,”
• Book chapter on the role of rhythm as an organizing force for movement in performance
• Article on agency and creativity in piano performance.
• Book chapter on the role of music as a rhythmic force in the film _The King's Speech_
• Organization of an international panel of scholars on agency at the recent EuroMAC conference in Belgium, including presentation of an individual paper and round table discussion.
He has also developed a secondary, related interest in punk music and the quality of energy associated with this genre. This research has led to
• Journal article on garage rock
• A developing interest in the history of the DC punk scene, which has led to a course being taught on the subject
• A research fellowship from the Institute for Popular Music at Case Western Reserve University to study at the Library and Archive at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Eugene Montague's teaching seeks to encourage students to explore issues of performance and rhythm in the context of developing musical knowledge and musical independence. Highlights have included:
• The development of a new class on DC punk at GWU, recently expanded to a 3xxx-level WID class
• A reworking of existing courses in order to meld performance and academic approaches to music in the classroom
• The development of a new class on Music and Society at GWU
• The reworking of the required Senior Seminar course for Music majors to reflect and encourage their development of individual Capstone projects
Montague's work in service has included productive collaboration with my colleagues in the Department of Music and on the CSAS Undergraduate Studies Committee as well as individual work in student advising. Highlights of this work include:
• Assisted in developing a more flexible and student-centered curriculum for the B.A. degree in Music
• Headed a sub-committee in the Department to develop a new team-taught course for incoming freshmen
• Worked with my fellow committee members in Undergraduate Studies to develop and design a new policy for GPAC credit within the Columbian College.
• Worked on scoring and assessing student projects submitted for the Undergraduate Research and Luther Rice Awards
• In my role as Head of Advising in the Music Program, I have met with students seeking to declare both majors and minors, and have developed documents and systems to assist them with this declaration and to find appropriate advisors for them among the FT faculty in the Program