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Music And Education In Vermont, 1700 – 1900

James A. Keene –

Keene makes a major contribution to the study of American colonial and nineteenth century cultural history. Geographic and economic influences are examined as they affected music and education in Vermont.

Vermont’s early educational system is related to its people’s unique sense of independence. The private school and its early acceptance of music are explored, and an intriguing story unfolds regarding the nature of Vermont musicians and their conflict with their European-trained counterparts who were coming to America in ever-increasing numbers.

Charming anecdotes are found throughout. The reader will find many parallels between the problems of nineteenth century education in Vermont and those of today. The cyclic nature of educational concerns and the public’s rediscovery of solutions form an integral part of this valuable historical volume.

“. . . the endeavor is imposing. . . deals effectively with the isolation of Vermont and the delay of modernization until the coming of the railroad. . . difficulties presented by the plethora of district schools, the growth and decline of private academies, and the influence of academy principals on education and music are dealt with in detail. . . . well done.” Charles L. Gary, Catholic University of America, Council on Research on Music Education

“. . .an original study using primary sources not hitherto explored. . . telling a consecutive and interesting story. . . we need books like this. Allen P. Britton, Dean Emeritus, School of Music, University of Michigan, Editor, American Music.

JAMES A. KEENE, former professor of music at Western Illinois University and consultant in the fields of education and music, holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Wayne State University, and the University of Michigan. He has appeared as guest speaker at the Music Educators National Conference, the University of Maryland, and the University of Illinois among others, and on radio interviews across the United States. Keene’s first book, A History of Music Education in the United States, now in its second printing, is in use in colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Keene makes a major contribution to the study of American colonial and nineteenth century cultural history. Geographic and economic influences are examined as they affected music and education in Vermont.

 

Cloth, 214 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
$19.95
Music/Education/History
ISBN 0-944435-00-9
LC 87-166730


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