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Instrumental Music in American Education: In Service of Many Masters

Abstract A discussion of instrumental music in American educational institutions during the last 100 years, a century that has encompassed virtually the entire history of tax-supported instrumental music education in this country. The essay deals with the entry of instrumental music into the school and college curriculum, the evolution of instrumental music education, reasons for success disparities between instructional modes, the "masters" and "world-be masters" that instrumental music education attempts to serve, and some speculations about the future. Instrumental music ensembles share with choral ensembles the following characteristics, as opposed to the (far) less successful instructional modes in schools: they are single m... (more)
Created Date 1992
Contributor Humphreys, Jere T. (Author)
Subject Music Education
Type Text, Image
Language English
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Citation Humphreys, Jere T. "Instrumental Music in American Education: In Service of Many Masters." In The Ithaca Conference on American Music Education: Centennial Profiles, ed. Mark Fonder, 25-51. Ithaca, NY: Ithaca College, 1992. Reprint: Journal of Band Research 30 (spring 1995): 39-70. The original version is presented here.
Note One of five addresses that constituted a symposium commemorating the centennial of the Ithaca College School of Music, organized by Mark Fonder and held at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York in October 1992. The speakers and their topics were: Michael L. Mark, overview; George N. Heller, general music, Jere T. Humphreys, instrumental music; Colleen Kirk, choral music; and Richard Colwell, the future.
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