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Undergraduate Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Discipline



Like other phases of education up to this time, in the South music was not regarded as a thing for the masses. We are indebted to Francis Hopkinson, an American who first composed American music, for a movement which was the first direct step toward the introduction of music into the schools of America. It was his music which acted as an impetus for a strictly American institution, "The hinging School".

This movement begun as a crude choir school, where singing was taught by "rule and art" . But it was soon adopted to the currents of social and political feeling. Such schools, though conducted for only short periods, laid the foundation for musical culture and appreciation, the full strength of which was not felt until the next period.


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