Title

Tunes for the American Classroom: A Brief Overview of the Emphasis on Informal Singing in Music Education

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Esther Morgan-Ellis

Campus

Dahlonega

Proposal Type

Oral Presentation

Subject Area

Music

Location

MPR 3

Start Date

22-3-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

22-3-2019 11:00 AM

Description/Abstract

Community singing was a popular American pastime that had a profound impact on how Americans expressed culture in the early 1900s. As community singing increased in popularity, music educators became progressively interested in incorporating some of the tunes used in the community (informal) singing arena into school curricula across the country. During this segment of the panel presentation, I seek to provide a brief explanation of the activities of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) by detailing the organization’s outlook on the state of music education in the 1910s. In this presentation, I plan to showcase some of the tunes that were championed by the MENC through the publishing of song pamphlets and highlight the usefulness of these songs to the MENC’s initiative. My research draws on information from historic accounts of the beginnings of the MENC (now the National Association for Music Educators), a selection of writings by former MENC President Peter Dykema, analyses of the impact community singing has had on music instruction in schools, and records for the tunes that will be highlighted in the discussion.

Note to Conference Administrators

Panel: Exploring the significance of sing-along music in America throughout the late 19th-Century and early 20th-Century.

(Other) Presenters:

  • Ashlynn Nash- How music in the early 20th century influences African Americans communities
  • Emily Nelson- I love you Truly and Perfect Day: Carrie Jacob Bond’s success as a women composer at the turn of the 19th century”
  • Devin Hing- The Great American Sing-Along: How Community Singing Influenced Early 20th Century American Communities

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Tunes for the American Classroom: A Brief Overview of the Emphasis on Informal Singing in Music Education

MPR 3

Community singing was a popular American pastime that had a profound impact on how Americans expressed culture in the early 1900s. As community singing increased in popularity, music educators became progressively interested in incorporating some of the tunes used in the community (informal) singing arena into school curricula across the country. During this segment of the panel presentation, I seek to provide a brief explanation of the activities of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) by detailing the organization’s outlook on the state of music education in the 1910s. In this presentation, I plan to showcase some of the tunes that were championed by the MENC through the publishing of song pamphlets and highlight the usefulness of these songs to the MENC’s initiative. My research draws on information from historic accounts of the beginnings of the MENC (now the National Association for Music Educators), a selection of writings by former MENC President Peter Dykema, analyses of the impact community singing has had on music instruction in schools, and records for the tunes that will be highlighted in the discussion.