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date: 26 February 2020

Coleman, Satis N(arrona) [née Barton]locked

  • Terese Volk Tuohey


[née Barton]

(b Tyler, TX, June 12, 1879; d Cedar Falls, IA, 1961). American music educator. She graduated from the State Normal School in Huntsville, Texas (1895) and married Walter Coleman (1896). A private studio teacher in Washington, DC, and New York City (1911–28), Coleman also taught music at the Lincoln School, Teachers College, Columbia University (1919–31). She attended Columbia University (BS 1927, MA 1928, PhD 1931), where she remained as music teacher-demonstrator until her retirement (1942). Coleman is best known for developing and implementing her idea of “creative music,” a child-centered method that paralleled the latest ideas on child development and progressive education. “Creative music” involved the use of improvisation on simple home-made musical instruments based on world instrument models, and also employed number notation for pre-music reading. Coleman designed her “creative music” activities to supplement her regular music classes. She gave lectures and authored many books and articles for parents and music teachers. Her writings include ...

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