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date: 15 October 2019

Aiken, Charleslocked

  • Vincent J. Novara

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(b Goffstown, NH, March 13, 1818; d College Hill, OH, Oct 4, 1882). American music educator. He was born into a musical family and graduated from Dartmouth College (BA 1838). He then journeyed west conducting singing schools, eventually settling in Cincinnati in 1842 where he established a singing school at a Presbyterian church. He began his career in public school music in 1848 and was eventually appointed Cincinnati’s first superintendent of music. He implemented an innovative primary and secondary school curriculum that culminated in yearly examinations of students and teachers. To assist teachers in his charge, he arranged for the publication of The Young Singer Part I and co-compiled Part II (Cincinnati, 1860). He expanded those works into The Young Singer’s Manual (Cincinnati, 1866). That same year he published The High School Choralist (Boston), and later The Choralist’s Companion (Cincinnati, 1872) and the Cincinnati Music Readers...

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