History Of The Piano

Tracing the roots of the piano to the very beginning of consciousness, when man first became aware of sound.

1792, Érard London
1792, Rossini

1792, Mason

Portrait of Lowell Mason.
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Lowell Mason (1792 – 1872): American Sacred Music Composer, Anthologist, Music Educator

  • Composed over 1600 Hymns and held the title "Father of American Church Music."
  • He served as the president of the Händel and Haydn Society.
  • Music Director of the Essex Street Church, the Park Street Church, and the Hanover Street Church (Bowdoin Street Church).
  • In 1828 began teaching children music adapting a similar philosophy as Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, a swiss reformer who believed that children learn better through direct experience than rote instruction .
  • In 1832 He formed Boston Academy of Music and served as its head. The success of this Academy led him to become an advocate for music instruction in public schools.
  • Served as Superintendent of Music for the Boston Schools. In support of his work he wrote Manual of the Boston Academy of Music (1834) and created teacher training seminars known as Musical Convention from 1836 - 1851.
  • In 1855 was awarded an honorary doctorate from NYU.

Page Sources

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Additional References:
  • Eskew. Harry, and Carol A. Pemberton.  "Lowell Mason."  Oxford Music Online.  Oxford University Press, 2007 – 2016.  Web.  9 Oct 2015.
  • "Lowell Mason."  HymnTime.  HymnTime.Com, 28 Nov. 2015.  Web.  9 Oct. 2015.
  • "Lowell Mason."  Hymnary.  Hymnary.Org, n.d.  Web.  9 Oct. 2015.
  • Pratt, Michael, Dr.  "A Biography of Lowell Mason: The Father of American Music Education."  MicahelPratt.Wordpress.  Pratt Music Co., 4 Sept. 2009.  Web.  9 Oct. 2015.
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