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DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC EDUCATION,
NASHVILLE, TENN., Wednesday, July 17, 1889. The first session of this Department was called to order at 3 o'clock P.M., in the lecture-room of the First Baptist Church; President N. Coe Stewart, of Cleveland, Ohio, in the chair.
The musical program, which was interspersed throughout the regular exercises of the afternoon, was opened with solos by Mrs. Blandner, of Nashville, and Mr. N. L. Glover, of Akron, Ohio, respectively.
President Stewart then delivered the President's address.
A vocal duet, "A Night in Venice," was next given by Mrs. O. S. Inglehart and Miss Fannie Dorman, of Nashville.
“The Province of Music in Education” was the subject of the first paper on the program, by William A. Mowry, of Boston.
In the absence of Miss J. Ettie Crane, of the State Normal School, Potsdam, N. Y., who was to have followed on the same subject, President Cook, of the same institution, spoke on the importance of music in education, and referred to his own experience and observation as proving that the regular normal schools can and ought to prepare their graduates to teach music in the schools properly and successfully.
He was followed by E. E. White, of Cincinnati, who spoke of the great influence of music in the schools for good, and its value in the mental, moral, and religious development of the child. He also referred to its refining influence in the school and home, and urged its great importance and value as a regular branch of study.
At this point, President Stewart announced that as the hour for closing the session had arrived, the remaining exercises of the afternoon's program would be carried over to the session on Friday afternoon.
On motion of Charles W. Super, a committee of three was appointed, consisting of W. H. Dana, Warren, Ohio, O. S. Collins, Xenia, Ohio, and J. Dorman, Nashville, Tenn., to consider the recommendations contained in the President's address, and report at the next session. The Department then adjourned.
SECOND SESSION JULY 19.
The Department was called to order at 2:30 P. M.; President Stewart in the chair.
A change was made in the order of the program of the afternoon, to give an opportunity to listen to A. J. Rickoff, of New York City, who was obliged to speak at a later hour in another department.
Mr. Rickoff, who gave the first address of the session, referred to his long experience in school-work at Cincinnati, Cleveland, Yonkers, and recently in New York City, and spoke at length of the excellent results of school music instruction, which had come under his observation, as proving the possibilities and value of music as an educational factor.
Following Mr. Rickoff, a sextette was given by Messrs. N. Coe Stewart, A. H. Stewart, N. L Glover, W. H. Dana, Mrs. A. H. Stewart, and Miss McCullough.
The Secretary of the Department presented the special report on the condition of music instruction throughout the United States, provided for by the Department at its meeting in San Francisco, in 1888. At the conclusion of the report, the following resolution was adopted :
Resolved, That this report be accepted, and that it be respectfully recommended to the United States Commissioner of Education for publication from the National Bureau of Education.
This was followed by a solo by Miss Emma Johnson.
In the absence of A. E. Winship, of Boston, Mr. T. P. Ballard, of Columbus, Ohio, read the paper prepared by the former, on “The Relation of Music Instruction to our Educational System.”
"An Outside Musician's View of Music in the Public Schools was next presented by Mr. W. H. Dana, of Warren, Ohio.
Supt. W. B. Powell, of Washington, D. C., followed on “Music in the Public Schools from the Superintendent's Standpoint."
A solo by Mrs. A. H. Stewart, of Nashville, was next given, after which President Stewart announced the following Committee on Nominations: W. H. Dana, Ohio; Aaron Gove, Colorado; 0. S. Cook, Illinois; N. L. Glover, Ohio; W. B. Powell, Washington, D. C.
A duet then rendered by Ezzie Herman and Maggie Riddle, was heartily encored.
The remaining papers and discussions announced on the program for the afternoon were omitted, on account of the lateness of the hour.
Mr. W. H. Dana, in behalf of the Committee on Nominations, reported the following list of officers for the ensuing year:
President-Herbert Griggs, Denver, Colorado.
Frank E. Morse, of Boston, was substituted, and the report of the committee as amended was adopted.
The Special Committee on President's Address reported through Chairman Dana, that the recommendations of President Stewart met the approval of the committee, and the committee recommended the adoption and carrying out of the same by the Department. Report of the committee accepted and adopted.
The usual resolutions of courtesy to retiring officers were then adopted. The Department then adjourned.
EDGAR O. SILVER, Secretary.
N. COE STEWART, CLEVELAND, OHIO.
It is a pleasant duty that devolves upon me to welcome you to this, the fifth annual session of the Department of Music Education of the National Educational Association.
I welcome you, because it is very pleasant and helpful to meet teachers and friends from all parts of this great country of ours, who are co-workers in the cause of education.
I welcome you to a department of great importance - one to which all other departments extend the right hand of fellowship; and of which, because of its official standing, the whole world has a right to expect something that will add to the happiness and to the advantage of each individual, and to every lawful form of organized society throughout the United States. From Maine to the Gulf, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, there is not a hamlet or a palace where your influence may not be felt.
I welcome you to a meeting where good-fellowship and joyful participation in the programs have been, to the present time, universal.
But while we take pleasure in and are comforted by these annual gatherings, and receive strength for the coming year even by juxtaposition, we must not forget that we have much work to do; that the other departments of the Association expect much of us; and that the eyes of the educational and the musical world are upon us; and while in their organized capacities they stand ready to coöperate with us, they also expect us to do much of the planning and of the providing of ways and means by which the cause of music shall in a true educational sense be advanced.
While in this address it will be evident that the public schools are, for the most part, in the speaker's mind, yet this is only one musical branch, and all divisions of music-study, both private and class, might with propriety be considered in the Music Education Department of the National Educational Association. Especially should emphasis be placed upon correct music-study in normal schools, in colleges, theological seminaries, and wherever there is class-teaching. But proper music-teaching is in its infaney. In the public schools are the masses, and upon the principles that “the first steps are the most important,” and that if certain fundamental things are done well the rest will, in a measure, take care of itself, the present seems to demand that music in the public schools shall be the “topic of the hour.”