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Karl Wilson Gehrkens papers


Karl Wilson Gehrkens papers
Gehrkens, Karl Wilson
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Special Collections in Performing Arts
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator:

Karl Wilson Gehrkens (1882-1975) was an American music educator. From 1907 to 1942 he taught at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in the area of Public School Music, later to become Music Education. He coined the phrase "Music for every child-every child for music," which became the official slogan of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), later known as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). From 1922 to 23 he served as MENC President and he was President of Music Teachers National Association from 1934 to 35. This collection contains several of Karl Gehrkens writings including "Music for Every Child." It also contains personal and professional correspondence concerning some of his articles in addition to other correspondence and personal documents, mainly from 1952 to 1965. In April 1952 at Oberlin College, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, the Music Education Library, originally started by Gehrkens in 1917, was rededicated as The Karl W. Gehrkens Music Education Library. Articles, writings and correspondence pertaining to this event are part of this collection.

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