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date: 17 September 2019

Weaver, Sterrie A.locked

  • Alan L. Spurgeon

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(b New London, CT, March 13, 1853; d Westfield, MA, April 20, 1904). American music educator. Weaver attended singing schools and studied at the New England Conservatory (1879–80, 1890–91) and in Germany. He taught in singing schools and began teaching public school music in Torrington, Connecticut (1878), and then taught in several other schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He developed a unique teaching methodology that relied only on the blackboard and his own singing voice. The goal was individual musical literacy through sight singing. An early advocate of a scientific approach to music teaching, he related each tone and rhythm systematically to tones and rhythms previously learned, and then tested the results. Weaver called his method “time motions,” rhythm patterns for sight singing melodies presented sequentially. He published a book of sight singing materials, Individual Sight Singing (1900). Weaver taught music supervisors in popular summer schools at his home in Westfield, Massachusetts (...

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