Fonder, Mark, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education
When the new century turned, Time magazine selected the most influential men and women of the twentieth century. Among those who were selected, for good or bad, were people who changed the course of world history. As anyone with historical recollection could imagine, these included Roosevelt, Hitler, Lenin, and Gandhi.
It would be an interesting assignment to select the men and women who were most influential in the field of music education over the course of the past century. In this editor's view, one name that would be high on that list would be Charles Leonhard (1915-2002). His achievements include founding the first doctoral program in music education in the United States, and guiding more than 200 doctoral dissertations over a long career at the University of Illinois. A reserved man socially, Dr. Leonhard was an intellectual force through his writings and especially his teaching.
On November 4-5, 2005, a weekend of remembrance and celebration was held in Urbana, Illinois, to honor Charles Leonhard. Roger Rideout, professor of music education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Richard Colwell, professor emeritus of music education at the University of Illinois, were among several who presented their recollections of the man and his impact. While not typical of the research usually published in this journal, the edited transcripts of their talks are included in this issue because they are important primary sources documenting the influence of one of the giants of our discipline. …