Press Release: New Publication Honors Generations of Music Educators

Compelling Testimony Honors the Legacy of Generations of Music Educators in New Publication
A Concise History of American Music Education Now Available from MENC: The National Association for Music Education and Rowman & Littlefield Education
RESTON, VA (September 17, 2008)A Concise History of American Music Education, a new publication by Michael Mark and published by MENC: The National Association for Music Education and Rowman & Littlefield Education, covers the history of American music education from its roots in biblical times through recent historical events and trends. It describes the educational, philosophical, and sociological aspects of the subject, always putting it in the context of the history of the United States. It offers complete information on professional organizations, materials, techniques, and personalities in music education.
“With its clear, insightful, and thorough overview, [A Concise History of American Music Education] remains the indispensable story of music education in the United States. [Mark’s] book is required reading for all professional music educators and all who wish to learn of the colorful, eventful development of the largest arts education field in American schools.”—Bennett Reimer, John W. Beattie Professor of Music Education Emeritus, Northwestern University

Michael L. Mark is the author of several books, including Contemporary Music Education and Source Readings in Music Education History. He is professor emeritus at Towson University (Maryland) where he also served as dean of the Graduate School.

A Concise History of American Music Education is available from RLE in paperback for $24.95 and clothbound for $70.00. MENC members receive a discount of 25%. To order or for more information, call 800-462-6420 or visit
MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 142,000 members and supporters represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.