Child with autoharp. Red Oak, Iowa, ca. 1900.
From the compiler's collection.
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what is this site about? This site is devoted to the history of music education. It is designed to help scholars in the history of education and specialist-scholars in music educational history. Though the site emphasizes electronic resources, it also includes a variety of representative books,  articles, and bibliographies relating to how people have taught and learned music.  An effort has been made to present  significant recent publications and most electronic resources. Naturally, choices of sources to incude on the site are idiosyncratic to the manager of the site and his contributors and no claims to completeness is made. Patrons should consult standard print sources, the Journal of American Music Education History, among others. Music education history is broadly definied as a field that studies the history of music teaching and learning, both formal and informal, in all cultures and countries. Contributions to the site are encouraged.

why is the site needed? Sources that could contribute to the history of music education are sometimes difficult to locate. It is important for scholars to understand the enormous range of sources that could be used to understand this aspect of cultural history and to be able to find such sources quickly. It is hoped that a better understanding of music education history will contribute to the understanding of educational history as a whole.

who supports this effort? This site is supported by the Music Department of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Professor William R. Lee is site manager and Coordinator of Music Education in the Department.

we need your help. This site depends on your contributions. Please contact William with your ideas.  The general site of the University is:

where are the illustrations from?  (1) The music and instructional excerpts are from nineteenth-century tunebooks in the author's collection. (2) The little drummer was taken from the PENNY MAGAZINE, June 1824, a British publication.  (3) The little high school band and the cut of the two children from it are from a North Georgia (U.S.A.) band of the 1950's.  (4) The two-tone cuts of Lowell Mason and Leopold Damrosch are found in APPLETON'S BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY, 1888 edition. (5) The gentleman sitting at a piano with a brass instrument on top was purchased by the reviewer in Lineville, AL antique shop on September 6, 1999. The shop owner believed that the photograph was not from the South. (6) The photograph of the gentleman with the muttonchops was purchased in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee. This gentleman (1840-1907), was a musician from Pennsylvania who promoted shaped-note singing in the South and started, almost singlehandedly,  a new style of U.S. music. He heavily influenced how rural U.S. Southerners think about music, Ira Sankey. (7) The photograph of children singing together is from the Library of Congress.

Dr. William R. Lee
Professor and Coordinator of Music Education
Department of Music
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598
(423) 425-5269
(423 425-4601 (secretary)
(423) 425-4603 (fax)