Black Mountain College Project
 

Heinrich Jalowetz with Maude Dabbs Haas. Photo by John Stix. Courtesy John Stix. All rights reserved. 

STUDENT EXPERIENCE IN EXPERIMENTAL EDUCATION IN THE EARLY YEARS
(1933-43)

Section 2: Teachers and Teaching: Personalities of Faculty

       

INTRODUCTION TO THE SUNLEY PROJECT AND DOCUMENTS

Description of the Study by Robert Sunley
*   Letter to the Students
*   Guidelines
*   Brief Biographies of
    Contributors

*   Brief Biographies of
    Faculty Mentioned in
    the Memoirs
*

SECTION 1. ROLE OF THE ARTS

    Statement by Robert
    Sunley


The artistic process as
    a major goal.


*   Individual, active
    anticipation was
    fostered but not
    required.

*   Focus on really “seeing”
    and “thinking” for
    oneself, not on the
    production of art.


Self-direction, self-
    discipline, initiative,
    development of the
    whole person....

The arts were diffused
    throughout the
    education ....    

 

Heinrich Jalowetz

John Stix: ... the cultural and philosophical prowess of the brilliant conductor Heinrich Jalowetz ... Jalo had an irresistible gift to capture the essence, often humorously, of whatever subject he addressed.

Will Hamlin: Heinrich Jalowetz, who had been a pianist and conductor in Europe, and had worked with many modern composers, including Alban Berg, taught music, especially piano and choral singing, but could be of important assistance to string players as well ... (Jalowetz died while he was a member of the BMC faculty, and was buried on the grounds of the Lake Eden campus).

Emil Willimetz: Heinrich Jalowetz (affectionately Jalo) was a major influence at the school, but in music. He wa greatly respected, not only as a musician, but as a person. Someone said, "I would not have appreciated the visual world as much without Albers, and man's love for man without Jalowetz" ... Sitting up close to Jalowetz during one of his piano concerts, I could hear him mouth the music under his breath – almost as if he were conducting an opera.... Jalowetz's death was very much in keeping with his life. He performed an evening of Beethoven sonatas, walked out on the porch, sat down and died. There is no doubt that he was the most beloved person at the college.

 

SECTION 2. TEACHERS AND TEACHING

Introduction

Formal Aspects of the
Curriculum 

   Class Size 
   Grades    
   Advisors 
   Junior Division  
   Senior Division  
   Graduation

Methods of Teaching
   General

   John Andrew Rice 
   Josef Albers 
   Erwin Straus 
   Robert Wunsch 
   Others


Personalities of Faculty
  
John Rice  
   Josef Albers 
   Robert
Wunsch 
   Heinrich
Jalowetz  
   Others 

Outside the Classroom
   In General  
   The Work Program 
   Visitors -
   Trips 
   Drama 
   Interlude  
   Lectures, Concerts 
   Informal Interchange