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Transforming Women's Education

Liberal Arts and Music in Female Seminaries

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Transforming Women's Education by Jewel A. Smith
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Female seminaries in nineteenth-century America offered middle-class women the rare privilege of training in music and the liberal arts. A music background in particular provided the foundation for a teaching career, one of the few paths open to women. Jewel A. Smith opens the doors of four female seminaries, revealing a milieu where rigorous training focused on music as an artistic pursuit rather than a social skill. Drawing on previously untapped archives, Smith charts women's musical experiences and training as well as the curricula and instruction available to them, the repertoire they mastered, and the philosophies undergirding their education. She also examines the complex tensions between the ideals of a young democracy and a deeply gendered system of education and professional advancement. An in-depth study of female seminaries as major institutions of learning, Transforming Women's Education illuminates how musical training added to women's lives and how their artistic acumen contributed to American society.

Author Biography

Jewel A. Smith serves on the musicology faculty at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music and is the author of Music, Women, and Pianos in Antebellum Bethlehem Pennsylvania: The Moravian Young Ladies' Seminary.
Release date NZ
January 30th, 2019
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
University of Illinois Press
Pages
296
ISBN-13
9780252084003
Product ID
27876705

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