Academic journal article Journal of Historical Research in Music Education

Charles L. Gary

Academic journal article Journal of Historical Research in Music Education

Charles L. Gary

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Music education, and particularly the community of music education history scholars, lost a valued and beloved colleague with the death of Charles L. Gary on April 16, 2004, at the age of 86. Dr. Gary served the Music Educators National Conference for eighteen years, progressing from editor to executive secretary, a post he held for eight years. He was assistant director of the Tanglewood Symposium, and he helped create the Arts Impact program of the United States Department of Education as well as the National Association of Jazz Educators (now the International Association of Jazz Educators). Among the books he wrote were U.S. Copyright Law: A Guide; Arts Education Advocacy; The Comprehensive Music Program; The Study of Music in the Elementary School: A Conceptual Approach; General Education (with Karl D. Ernst); and Vignettes of Music Education History and AHistory of American Music Education (with this writer). He also authored a children's book, Try A New Face. Charles Gary's contributions are too numerous to list here, but the totality of his efforts on behalf of music education were of key importance as the profession matured during the second half of the twentieth century. In 1994, in recognition of his stature, Dr. Gary was inducted into the Music Educators Hall of Fame of MENC.

Dr. Gary graduated from Yale University in 1939 with a degree in history and earned master's and doctoral degrees in education at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He taught music in public schools for eleven years, was head of the music department of Austin Peay State College in Tennessee, and president of the Tennessee Music Educators Association. Years later, he taught at The Catholic University of America. …

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