College Music: An Investigation for the Association of American Colleges

College Music: An Investigation for the Association of American Colleges

College Music: An Investigation for the Association of American Colleges

College Music: An Investigation for the Association of American Colleges

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The investigation here reported deals with Music in the life of thirty institutions of higher learning. Within these institutions, in accordance with the original purpose of the undertaking, the investigation was limited to matters pertaining to Music in the Liberal Arts college. These institutions were visited during the academic year 1932-33 and the report is a report of that year.

AT each college visited, conferences were held with the President or Chancellor, the Dean, the Chairman or Head of the Music department, teachers, and others in authority.

In order to secure essential statistics throughout all colleges visited, the Head of each department or school of Music was asked to furnish certain data in accordance with a list which I had prepared in collaboration with the Sponsoring Committee. The list was gone over in person with the professor in charge of musical affairs at each college. Such information as could be given offhand was noted down at once and any items irrelevant to the case were canceled. By far the greater portion of the data was presented in writing, and much thought and labor were expended by the colleges in the preparation of these several statements. To avoid inaccuracy or misunderstanding in the use of them, a digest of each was sent to the college concerned for checking and revision and later submitted in galley form for final approval. This factual material has served as the foundation of the report.

Owing to the almost universal unpopularity of questionnaires, no all-inclusive list of questions was imposed upon groups of students or teachers. This concession to the prevailing mood was rewarded by an outpouring of facts and opin-

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