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Books by Jerome Stanley

Footsteps: Journey from Hate to Love (2021)

The Making of a Music Academy (2015)

A Farmer's Boy (2012)

The Pathway Beyond: Exploring the Spiritual Universe (2011)

William Holder and His Position in Seventeenth Century Philosophy and Music Theory (2002)

Historic Parallels in the Arts: Selected Studies A.D. 800–1985 (1995)

Footsteps
Journey from Hate to Love

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Publication Date: November 16, 2021

Publisher: Cincinnati Book Publishing

Page Count: 140 Pages

Trim: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-7378038-1-2 (Print)

ISBN: 978-1-7378038-2-9 (eBook)

A story lies behind the escape to freedom of two African American slaves in 1862, revealing how they can still leave their legacy even in a hate-driven era. 

 

One hundred years later, John Rutherford, a typical white American college student, comes of age dealing with the big questions in life.  He faces, for the first time, the tense issue of race in America as well as the growing reality of the gay movement.  Recognizing the need to make a positive impact, one of his college friends decides to join the Freedom Summer project registering black voters in Mississippi. But tragedy ensues. For John and the rest of America, it is a dark period in history, including the assassination of President Kennedy, increasing racial conflict, and America’s military involvement in Southeast Asia.

 

Eventually trying to succeed as a novelist, John gains support from Amanda, an African American woman in New York who becomes his literary agent. With shared interests and a desire to shape the world through powerful writing, he quickly falls in love with her, only to be drafted in the Vietnam War. 

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The Making of a
Music Academy

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Publication Date: December 1, 2015

Publisher: Hamilton Books

Page Count: 169 Pages

Trim: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 978-0-7618-6666-4 (Print)

ISBN: 978-0-7618-6667-1 (eBook)

This is a story of a music-training program at one among many American institutions of higher learning. These institutions accepted the challenge to evolve and develop training programs for music as part of a liberal arts education.

 

Covering a period of more than one hundred years, The Making of a Music Academy discusses aspects of politics and the arts in America during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. It focuses upon faculty and administrative efforts to maintain a rich experience in the arts at a typical university in Midwestern America. It is a representative story that includes interviews with former faculty and administrators as well as with present faculty and alumni.

 

It is a kind of arts-survival story presenting the argument that music is essential to the ideals of a complete education. 

"The struggles have been consistent across the centuries—finding enough funding to build the dream school, having visionary faculty who worked and fought with the administration to make the school what it is today, and recruiting students." 

American Music Teacher magazine, June/July 2016

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A Farmer's Boy

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John Cook grew up in the late nineteenth century on the family farm in the American Midwest. The older he got, the more stories he heard about the world outside his family home. The more he heard, the more he realized he didn't want to spend his life in one place, working the same old soil his family had worked for generations. He wanted to seek out adventure. In order to do so, he would have to leave his home and family behind.

At the age of twenty-one, he does just that. He jumps the rails and rides all the way to California, where he hopes to find his future and make his fortune. Life is different in the old American West, though; rural life taught John to be tough, but it didn't teach him all he needs to know about the outside world. John is lucky to realize dreams and to discover a sense of purpose that he didn't even know he had.

From panning for gold to working as a lumberjack, John Cook strives to live life to the fullest. Based on a true story, A Farmer's Boy follows John as he travels the country and spends many years away from his family, intent on finding his own path to greatness. John seeks independence and livelihood, like so many other men of his generation living in a young nation filled with promise.

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Publication Date: September 27, 2012

Publisher: iUniverse

Page Count: 144 Pages

Trim: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-4759-5056-4 (Hardcover)

ISBN: 978-1-4759-5058-8 (Paperback)

ISNB: 978-1-4759-5057-1 (eBook)

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The Pathway Beyond
Exploring the Spiritual Universe

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Publication Date: June 22, 2011

Publisher: iUniverse

Page Count: 152 Pages

Trim: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-4620-0480-5 (Hardcover)

ISBN: 978-1-4620-0481-2 (Paperback)

ISBN: 978-1-4620-0479-9 (eBook)

Have you ever pondered the problem of being as "we know it?" Our knowledge is extremely limited, and what is unknown at one moment in history may become known in the next, causing the body of knowledge to be constantly changing along the path of human development. 

 

While we are all on a brief journey that begins at birth and ends in death, this current state of being does not preclude the possibility of another state of being presently unknown. The Pathway Beyond addresses the issues surrounding this question, bringing together the scientific and the spiritual. 

 

The study of philosophy and religion has been part of human activity for thousands of years. Even so, our society seems not to have reaped the full benefit of the positive values set forth by our philosophers and spiritual leaders. Instead, the growth of science in solving immediate practical problems has consumed our interest. Now, however, scientists are developing an interest in topics that have traditionally been solely within the boundaries of philosophy and religion, such as human consciousness. The subject of ontology, or the science of being, seems to be expanding its influence within human thought. 

Aimed at laypeople as well as academics, The Pathway Beyond explores ideas from Eastern and Western spiritual leaders to illustrate the connections between science and religion. 

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William Holder and His Position in Seventeenth Century Philosophy and Music Theory

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Publication Date: February 12, 2002

Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press

Page Count: 229 Pages

Trim: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-0-7734-7165-8 (Print)

Holder's publication in 1694 entitled "A Treatise of the Natural Grounds and Principles of Harmony" explores the mathematics and physics of music during a period which led to the birth of acoustics as a new scientific discipline. As a true Renaissance man—philosopher, mathematician, and musician—his education prepared him to look deeply into nature and to continue the ancient Greek tradition of philosophical enquiry.

 

This work presents a biography of Holder, an examination of contemporary political and musical influences, and an in-depth analysis of his treatise. 

"Jerome Stanley offers an engaging account of an inquiring mind searching to understand and explain the nature of musical sound in an era very different from our own. In this assiduously researched work, Stanley lays out Holder's often complex ideas with admirable clarity."

 

"The author usefully contextualizes Holder's thinking with respect to both intellectual and social traditions, and with regard to predecessors (back to the Greeks), contemporaries, and followers down almost to the present day. It is fascinating to observe Holder, an erudite scholar, grappling with the physical and mathematical properties of sound in his attempt to unlock the secrets of the musical art." 

– Jonathan D. Kramer, an American composer and music theorist

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Historic Parallels in the Arts
Selected Studies A.D. 800–1985

This volume deals with studies in the arts of the Western world limited to the time period from the beginning of the Holy Roman Empire to the late 20th century.

 

Three art forms are given primary consideration: music, painting, and architecture. They are studied from the point of view of their correlative stylistic development and viewed as conjuncts of human thought and the spirit of the age in which they were created. They are seen as being inextricably bound by the sweeping currents of social development.

 

There is no attempt here to make precise stylistic equations across the art forms. Instead, this is a time-machine journey through the past, juxtaposing each era's contemporary creations in the art forms and noting the occasional appearance of stylistic unity among those forms where it is most striking to the observer. 

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Publication Date: December 5, 1995

Publisher: Times Mirror Higher Education Group

Page Count: 234 pages

Trim: 8.5 x 11

ISBN: 0-697-34526-2 (Print)

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