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date: 17 November 2019

Earhart, Willlocked

  • Paula Morgan
  •  and George N. Heller


(b Franklin, OH, April 1, 1871; d Los Angeles, April 23, 1960). American music educator. He gained experience in the field as a school supervisor in Ohio and in Richmond, Indiana (1898–1912). He then moved to Pittsburgh, where, as director of music in the Pittsburgh public schools (1912–40), he initiated class instruction in violin, piano, and harmony. In 1913 he organized and became head of the department of public school music at the University of Pittsburgh. He also lectured on music education at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. Earhart believed that public school music should not be limited to the singing groups common at the time, but should also include instrumental and ensemble music, theory, and appreciation. As an author or editor he was responsible for numerous texts and anthologies, including Art Songs for High Schools (1910), Music in the Public Schools...

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