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ERIC Number: ED540970
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1918
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Music in Secondary Schools. Bulletin, 1917, No. 49
Earhart, Will; McConathy, Osbourne
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior
The work reported in this bulletin was prepared with two aims held by the committee on music. The first was to prepare a platform sufficiently broad for all proper phases of musical activity, however diverse, found in the high schools of the United States. The second aim was to provide practical help for administrative problems, by presenting in some detail, plans that in nature and number are sufficient to fit a great variety of conditions. Failure to provide such specific recommendations might make the report barren of results. On the other hand, failure to declare a basis of educational belief might tend to encourage practices that would grow in precision rather than in breadth. In formulating the report the first step was to construct a platform of educational belief with regard to music. This was prepared in 1913, was submitted to each member of the committee, was approved by the committee, and was published by the United States Bureau of Education. The specific suggestions given in the report should not blind the teacher to the fact, often repeated or implied, that appreciation, not proficiency in technical accomplishment of any kind, is the large aim of instruction in music in high schools. Whatever the knowledge or abilities to be gained, the spirit of music should unfailingly be present, to liberate the mind, broaden the horizon, quicken the mental grasp, and give to the facts the musical application and significance that alone confer upon them any claim to value. Sensitiveness to aesthetic values for the sake of the enrichment and elevation of the quality of human life which such response brings is the large result to be attained. This report has been approved by the committee on music and the reviewing committee of the Commission on the Reorganization of Secondary Education. (Contains 2 footnotes.) [A report of the Commission on the Reorganization of Secondary Education, appointed by the National Education Association. Best copy available has been provided.]
Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Education (ED)