Basic Concepts in Music Education

Basic Concepts in Music Education

Basic Concepts in Music Education

Basic Concepts in Music Education

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The general plan of this yearbook was developed by representatives of the Music Educators National Conference and presented to the Board of Directors of the National Society for the Study of Education with the request that the contemplated contributions of the authors be published as a yearbook of the Society. The proposal was approved by the Board of Directors at its February meeting in 1956. Mr. McConnell was requested to represent the Board of Directors as a member of the committee selected by officials of the Music Educators National Conference. Four representatives of the Conference were named as consultants for contributors whose chapters are related to the basic disciplines emphasized in Section I: Charles Leonhard as consultant for chapter ii; Edward F. Gilday for chapter iii; Thurber H. Madison for chapter iv; and Theodore F. Norman for chapter v.

One of our earlier publications, the Thirty-fifth Yearbook, Part II, entitled Music Education, was also prepared by members of the Music Educators National Conference. That yearbook was, however, initiated by the Board of Directors. The idea grew out of a discussion of the possible desirability of developing a yearbook on the fine arts. At a later meeting, the prevailing view was that it would be better to select a restricted portion of the field of fine arts, such as music in the schools. One of the members of the Board, Dean Willis L. Uhl of the College of Education of the University of Washington, was made chairman of the yearbook committee. At the next meeting of the Board, Mr. Uhl reported that, in the preparation of a yearbook in the field of music education, the National Society would be seriously handicapped by its policy of restricting membership on yearbook committees to persons who are members of the Society. The Board immediately abrogated the restrictive regulation and the chairman of the yearbook committee enlisted the aid of a number of leading members of the Music Educators National Conference. It has been our good fortune that the restrictive regulation was discarded in recognition of the need for co-operation with other agencies in the prepara-

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