Departmental Notes: Music Department
by Departmental notes - 1902
In the Music Department there is much that is new this year. The department itself requires three new courses, an advanced course in Sight Singing, a course in Musical Education, and one in Musical Art. Since the removal of the Horace Mann Schools to the new building, the music in the grades is carried on through an assistant, Miss Stevens. In the Speyer School two lessons a week are conducted by Professor Farnsworth and six lessons a week by one of the members of the class in Musical Education. The academic requirements for entrance to regular work in the department are so unusual for music students that it is very gratifying to find that there are any who can do the work. The education class is fortunate in having among its members those experienced in teaching, so the work in the Speyer School is effectively carried on, its scope being increased. At the same time the teaching students have an excellent opportunity for practice work. This year, for the first time, courses for voice are given, Mrs. Caroline Mehan conducting these lessons. It was found that to do the work well each student needed to be taken alone and her peculiar difficulties observed. Hence the first semester's work has been done individually. The plan is now to put the students in small classes. Especial attention is given to the speaking voice, the singing tone making an excellent stepping-stone to a well placed and musical speaking tone, connection between the two requiring careful practice.
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