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date: 20 November 2019

Doolin, Howard A(ugustus)locked

  • William R. Lee


(b Ashland, IL, Jan 11, 1919; d Miami, FL, Aug 31, 1994). American music educator and administrator. Doolin received degrees in music education from Illinois State Normal University (BEd 1939) and Teachers College, Columbia University (MA 1948, DEd 1959). He was influenced by Gladys Tipton, James Mursell, and Lilla Belle Pitts. He taught vocal and instrumental music in Illinois public schools (1939–48), interrupted by military service in World War II. He joined the faculty at Florida State University (1948–51) but resigned to become music supervisor (1951–84) for the Dade County Public Schools, Florida (1951–84), the nation’s fourth largest school system. Doolin was highly effective in making music education thrive during times of intense demographic and social change, while it declined in other large city systems. He was an advocate for an activity-based elementary curriculum that emphasized skill development and basic musicianship, an approach not popular among many music education experts. His book series, ...

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