Music Education in the United States
- Richard Colwell,
- James W. Pruett,
- Pamela Bristah,
- Richard J. Colwell
- and David G. Woods
The teaching and learning of music, with emphasis on formal music education in schools and universities.
The introduction of music into the American public school was tentative, unplanned, and without formal organization. The early settlers and those who followed valued music as a natural part of their lives, in their families, their churches, and their communities; placing music in the school was consistent with their other values. In any civilization music is one of the means through which a culture transmits itself, being used in many ways as it is passed on to the next generation. In the new American communities music was valued for its moral, health, cultural, and social values; it was an essential part of the communities from which settlers had come, and while they were eager to free themselves from much of their former lives, music was retained without question. Singing and the playing of instruments was taught to children and also adults, both formally and informally, in homes, churches, and through private instruction. Music education in New England was influenced by Protestant churches until well into the 19th century. It is said that the history of music in New England for the first two centuries is the history of ...