History Of The Piano

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

1858, Puccini
1860, Paderewski

1860, FE Clark

Frontispiece and title page from Francis Elliott Clark' book 'Music Appreciation for Little Children' from 1920.
Frontispiece and Title Page from 'Music Appreciation for Little Children,' written by Frances Elliott Clark, 1920. 1

Frances Elliott Clark (1860 – 1958): American Music Educator

  • Taught in Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa public schools.
  • Supervisor of music in Milwaukee.
  • As a “pioneer of using recordings in the classroom,” [ 2 ] she enabled the ability to teach listening in school.
  • When she was head of Educational Division of Victor Talking Machine Company, she wrote Music Appreciation for Children (1939) and other articles, materials, and recordings for public schools.

Page Sources

Victor Talking Machine Company; Frances Elliott Clark, and uploaded by WhitneyYoung.  Music Appreciation for Little Children.  Camden: Victor Talking machine Company, 1920: pg. 11.  Internet Archive.  Web.  27 Oct. 2015.  No Known Copyright Restrictions.
Heller, George N., and William R. Lee.  "Clark [née Elliott], Frances (Mary)."  Oxford Music Online.  Oxford University Press, 2007 – 2015.  Web.  17 Sept. 2015.
Additional References:
  • Mark, Michael, L., ed.  Music Education: Source Readings from Ancient Greece to Today.  Third Edition.  New York: Routledge, 2008.  Google Books.  Web. 17 Sept. 2014.
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