ERIC Number: ED542847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1908
Reference Count: 0
Music Education in the United States: Schools and Departments of Music. Bulletin, 1908, No. 4. Whole Number 387
Manchester, Arthur L.
United States Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior
To define the status of music education in the United States has been practically impossible. The utter lack of systematic courses of instruction, the widely varying standards of merit, and the absence of cooperation upon the part of those engaged in music teaching not only have made impossible any accurate computation of the results which have accrued from music education, but are serious obstacles in the way of future development. The scope of this investigation is confined to music education in independent schools of music and in institutions maintaining music departments. The purpose is to secure definite information regarding: (1) The organization of and manner of conducting these schools and departments; (2) The number of instructors employed, with branches taught, and number of hours per week devoted by each instructor to instruction in each subject; (3) Number of students enrolled, with requirements for entrance and the shortest period for which students are received; (4) The nature and scope of subjects included in the curriculum, with requirements as to time devoted to each requirement for graduation (with or without degree) or for certificate, and the number of students who have received such degrees or certificates within a definite period of years; (5) The manner of advancing students from grade to grade, with methods of examination and marking; (6) The correlation of music and nonmusic courses; (7) Amount expended on music instruction and value of plants devoted to musical purposes; and (8) Existence of libraries, with number of books contained therein, and number of museums of musical instruments, with information as to their size and character. Two questionnaires were prepared and were sent by the Bureau of Education to (1) Independent schools of music; (2) Colleges and universities; (3) Colleges for women; (4) Normal schools; and (5) Secondary schools. (Contains 10 tables and 5 footnotes.) An index is included. [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Music Education, Educational History, Musical Instruments, Music Teachers, Educational Administration, Program Development, Colleges, Enrollment Trends, Curriculum, Course Content, Qualifications, Students, School Buildings, Elementary Education, Secondary Education
United States Bureau of Education, Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Department of the Interior, United States Bureau of Education (ED)