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Jewel Ann Smith
University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH 45220-2872)
Music Education in 19th-Century American Female Seminaries: A Neglected History

In the early nineteenth century, a new type of female seminary emerged as an important institution for women’s education. These seminaries stressed a liberal arts education along with instruction in the ornamental arts. Along with a rigorous academic program, such institutions provided the most significant foundation for women’s music education. An examination of prominent schools—Litchfield, Troy, Hartford, Ipswich, Mount Holyoke, and Music Vale—represents the first musicological study of women’s music education in nineteenth-century American female seminaries. It also furnishes the historical, cultural, and educational material necessary for interdisciplinary study in nineteenth-century American history, education, and women’s studies.

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Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2007 – 6/30/2008