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The state university at Madison, which was founded in 1849, began to offer formal music instruction in 1894; in 1916 a course leading to the BM degree was established. Charles H. Mills was the first chairman. The school was one of the first to broadcast radio performances (...

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Gordon Haramaki

Musical genre. Wizard Rock, or Wrock, is a genre of fan-generated music based on the characters, themes, and plot of J.K. Rowling’s best-selling series of novels (1997–2007) recounting the adventures of Harry Potter, a young British wizard. It is the Potter-themed lyrics, rather than any particular musical style, which distinguish the genre. Drawing inspiration from the act of reading, many bands are strong advocates for literacy, and typical performance venues are schools, libraries, and bookstores....

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Peggy Daub and Victor T. Cardell

One of two administrative units for the study of music within Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut (the other being the Department of Music). A musical society was established at the university by 1812. In 1890 music was added to the formal curriculum, and Gustave J. Stoeckel was appointed professor of music. By ...

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Jere T. Humphreys

An important seminar on music in the public schools held 17–28 June 1963 at Yale University, sponsored by the US Office of Education. Led by musicologist Claude V. Palisca of Yale, the 31 attendees were critical of school music education, especially the quality of music taught. They cited a need to teach knowledge of musical structure while stressing “performance, listening, ear training, rhythmic movement, and composing with emphasis placed on the individual student.” The seminar led to the development of the Juilliard Repertory Project....

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Carolyn Livingston

An organization that provides concerts and other musical resources to children. Young Audiences was founded after a children’s concert and discussion by yehudi Menuhin at the home of Nina P. Collier in Baltimore in 1950. The program spread to other cities. Funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and other donors....