Friday, July 22, 2022

History of Music Education Sessions at 35th World Conference of ISME

 The 35th World Conference of the International Society is being held as a virtual conference from 17-22 July 2022. This year there are several sessions focusing on historical topics including the following:

  • Paper presentation by Giovanni Carugno: 'Back to Braille: Music Education in Nineteenth Century Italian Special Schools' - Monday, July 18 at 6:30 AEST on Channel 3.
  • Symposium 'Seeing through a Wider Lens: Considering Revisionist History in Music Education', chaired by Craig Resta - Tuesday, July 19 at 9:00 AEST on Channel 3.
  • Symposium 'Historical Perspectives on Music Education in Indigenous Communities', chaired by Robin Stevens - Wednesday, July 20 at 9:00 AEST on Channel 3.
  • A Historical Research Mentoring Session, chaired by Craig Resta - Friday, July 22 at 7:00-8:00 AEST (Channel to be advised when available).
Another history session was included as a Keynote Address to the pre-conference meeting of the Commission on Policy: Culture, Education and Media on July 14 by Robin Stevens entitled 'Lessons from History: Provision of Classroom Music Teaching in Victorian Government Primary Schools'.

Video recordings of these conference and pre-conference sessions should be available on YouTube following the conference.

Table of Contents Alert - Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Vol. 43, Issue 2 (April 2022)

 Journal of Historical Research in Music Education

Volume 43, Number 2, April 2022
Special Issue: Sankofa: African American Music Education
Guest Editor: Marvelene C. Moore
Music Learning as Life in an African American Family: The Story of Charlie Gabriel in New Orleans
Jackie Wiggins and Taslimah Bey
David Baker: The Nexus of Jazz Curriculum and the Civil Rights Movement at Indiana University
Shawn L. Royer
High School Bands in Jackson, Mississippi, Before and After Integration
Ollie Eugene Payne Liddell
Fracturing the Black Nucleus: Reflections on School Desegregation in Texas Through the Lens of Black Orchestra Students
Tzefira R. Jones and Elizabeth Chappell
The Development of Marching Band Traditions at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: The Human Jukebox versus the Sonic Boom of the South
Claire Milburn
Here Am I, Send Me: The Life, Career and Legacy of Mary Frances Early
Roy M. Legette
The Radical Origins and Mission of the National Black Music Caucus: The First Twenty-Five Years—1972–1997
Loneka Wilkinson Battiste, William T. McDanie

Table of Contents Alert - Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Vol. 43, Issue 1 (October 2021)

Journal of Historical Research in Music Education

Volume 43, Number 1, October 2021


Marie McCarthy

Original Articles

RalphL.Baldwin: His Influence on American Music Education through Teaching, Publication, and Service
Casey L. Gerber
Frank William Westhoff (1863–1938): A Music Education Leader of the Progressive Era
Phillip M. Hash
The University of Illinois Band Clinics 1930–1954
Brian D. Meyers
Looking Back to Move Forward: Charles Fowler and His Reconstructionist Philosophy of Music Education
Craig Resta

Book Reviews

Zoltan Kodaly’s World of Music
Reviewed by Andrew S. Paney

The Flageolet in England 1660–1914
Reviewed by William R. Lee

The Music Profession in Britain, 1780–1920: New Perspectives on Status and Identity
Reviewed by Gordon Cox

Table of Contents Alert - Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Vol. 42, Issue 2 (April 2021)

Journal of Historical Research in Music Education

Volume 42, Number 2, April 2021
Marie McCarthy

Western Music on Commodore Perry’s “Black Ships” in Japan, 1853–1854
Sondra Wieland Howe

Reconsidering School Songbooks in the United States during the Post–Civil War Period (1865-1899)
Paul D. Sanders

Examinations in the Life of Studio Music Teachers in Australia prior to 1920
Frances Elliott and Jane Southcott

“Don’t Keep It a Secret”: E. Daniel Long and His Career in Music Education
Jared R. Rawlings

Book and Media Reviews

Schooling the Freed People: Teaching, Learning, and the Struggle for Black Freedom, 1861–1876, by Ronald E. Butchart. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013.
Reviewed by Paul Sanders, The Ohio State University at Newark, USA

Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You, by David Kyvig, Myron A. Marty, and Larry Cebula, 4th ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2019.
Reviewed by Jill Sullivan, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

Blackface Nation: Race, Reform, and Identity in American Popular Music, 1812-1925, by Brian Roberts. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.
Reviewed by Timothy E. Nowak, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA.

Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878-1943, edited by Lawrence Schenbeck. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2014 (paper).
Reviewed by Jacob Hardesty, Rockford University, IL, USA

Culture, Music Education, and the Chinese Dream in Mainland China, by Wai-Chung Ho. Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore, 2018.
Reviewed by Xiaotian Xu and Xinyue Le, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA

Friday, December 18, 2020

The Oxford “Virtual” Symposium on the History of Music Education to be held 2-5 June 2021

The Oxford “Virtual” Symposium on the History of Music Education (via Zoom) will include a full slate of papers, panels, musical performances, and roundtables for research in progress. The symposium offers a friendly and encouraging environment for experienced scholars, graduate students, and emerging researchers alike.

In addition to a wide range of other historical topics in music education, several sessions will focus on music education in the American South. Charles Regan Wilson, Professor Emeritus of Historical and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi will present the keynote address for the symposium on the topic “What Makes Southern Music Southern?”

Registration forms and additional information are forthcoming in late January, 2021.Regular registration fee will be $10, and student registration will be $5.

Authors scheduled for the original event last June will present. We are not accepting new submissions. However, everyone interested in the history of music education is welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Paul Sanders – Symposium Chair

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Table of Contents Alert - Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Vol. 42, Issue 1 (October 2020)

 Journal of Historical Research in Music Education

Volume 42, Issue 1, October 2020

Editorial - Marie McCarthy

In Memoriam: Patrice Madura Ward-Steinman (1952–2020)


“Who Are These People and Why Are They Saying These Things?”: George Heller and the Growth of Historical Research in Music Education - Melissa L. Grady

Egalitarian Music Education in the Nineteenth Century: Joseph Mainzer and Singing for the Million - Jane Southcott

“We Are Aiming for Quality and Good Music”: The Hebrew Orphan Asylum Harmonica band (NYC) and Music Education, 1924–1930 - Carol L. Shansky

A History of the “Festival of the Arts” at Southwest Virginia Community College (1995–2018): Community Service through Music - Elizabeth Mitchell Wallace

Book and Media Reviews

Making the March King: John Philip Sousa’s Washington Years 1854-1893, by 88 Patrick Warfield. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2016. Reviewed by Mark Fonder, Ithaca College Sarah Anna Glover

Nineteenth-Century Music Education Pioneer, by 89 Jane Southcott. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019. Reviewed by Patti Tolbert, Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA, USA

School was our Life: Remembering Progressive Education, by  Jane Roland Martin. Foreword by Estelle R. Jorgensen. IN: Indiana University Press, 2018. Reviewed by Sondra Wieland Howe, Wayzata, MN, USA

Sounds of the New Deal: The Federal Music Project in the West, by Peter Gough. Foreword by Peggy Seeger. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015. Reviewed by William R. Lee, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, TN, USA.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Invitation to subscribe to and participate in a newly-established email list entitled the Historical Research in Music Education Forum

This email list is sponsored by the History Standing Committee of the International Society for Music Education (ISME). The objectives of the forum are firstly to promote historical research in music education among postgraduate research students and secondly to provide a medium for researchers in the field of music education history – both established and beginning researchers – to share information about topics of mutual interest including online resources such as archival, textbook and journal sources.  We welcome subscribers from the History SRIG (Special Research Interest Group) of NAfME  – the US-based National Association for Music Education – and all other music educators from countries world-wide who are interested in historical research in music education.

The email list will enable you to receive postings from other list members and to respond to these postings, contribute your own comments and suggestions, and promote your own historical research interests. Once subscribed, you will be able to access previous postings as well as access the email addresses of your fellow subscribers for person-to-person contact.

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History of Music Education Sessions at 35th World Conference of ISME

  The 35th World Conference of the International Society is being held as a virtual conference from 17-22 July 2022. This year there are sev...