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A History of Education in Music


by Richard Colwell 2012

Music has pervaded American history since the founding fathers sang hymns aboard the Mayflower. From that time until the present, music has been so embedded in U.S. society that it is experienced subconsciously in events and activities that are a part of daily life. Learning and instruction take place in the home, in churches, in the community, and from private entrepreneurs, as well as in schools. Thus, learning and teaching in music are heavily dependent on cooperation between parents and community, and on tradition and custom.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 111, No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 114 Number 13, 2012, p. 10-33
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18347, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 3:26:11 AM

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  • Richard Colwell
    University of Illinois (Emeritus)
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    RICHARD COLWELL is professor emeritus of the University of Illinois. He is a member of the MENC Hall of Fame, held a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and received the Ambassador Horace Porter Award for leadership. He founded the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and the Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning. He edited the Handbook of Research in Music Education and, with Carol Richardson, the New Handbook of Research in Music Education. His most recent NAfME publication is the two-volume MENC Handbook of Research on Music Learning with Peter Webster.
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