Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

From Our Past: Our First Journal

Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

From Our Past: Our First Journal

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The Canadian Music Educator

Official Journal of the Canadian Music Educators' Association

You may perhaps have noticed that the copy of the Canadian Music Educator which you are now reading is the first issue of Volume 50. Yes, this is the year that we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Music Educators' Association. The four issues of CME Vol. 50 will commemorate this event in a number of ways. I have already been doing this in this column by discussing some of the early officers of our association and I shall be continuing this later in the year. However, for this first issue of our anniversary volume, I thought that it might be interesting to look at the very first volume of our publication.

Volume 1 Number 1 of the Canadian Music Educator was published in June 1959 just two months after the Toronto OMEA conference at which CMEA was formed. It was a smaller format than our present journal- approximately 6 by 9 inches. The first issue consisted of only 6 pages. The masthead (see photo) stated 'The Canadian Music Educator: Official Journal of the Canadian Music Educators' Association' in English only.

Below this was a listing of the National Officers, Regional Vice-Presidents, and Provincial Representatives. This was followed by a series of short reports: Fanfare, From the President's Desk (G. Roy Fenwick), Notes from the Secretary-Treasurer (Keith Bissell), and a longer, six-part report From the Executive Director's Desk (Leslie Bell) which talked about the Toronto conference, discussed developments since the conference, reported on regional activities related to the new organization, and commented on the type of organization envisioned by the founders. Bell then explained future plans that included a national conference in Winnipeg and plans for a second issue of the journal. This was followed by a short article, 'The Day Culture Came to Town,' a story about the Hart House String Quartet's visit to a rural school in Ontario. A list of twelve corporate members of the Canadian Music Publishers' Association was included on the final page.

The second issue of Volume 1 appeared in November 1959 and was twice the length of the first issue. In addition to reports and two articles it included several advertisements from music publishers and instrument manufacturers and also a short musical score. Subsequent volumes of the journal maintained the 6 by 9 inch format (a size that was the standard for the CME for several decades) but each issue was longer and there were four issues per volume rather than two. …

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