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Unformatted text preview: musical practices. Mason unified the hymn by using the same short rhythmic ideas (motives) in each phrase. Mason realized that while singing schools had taught people to sing sacred music, there might be a use for teaching people “good” secular music as well. First founded the Boston Academy of Music (1832) to teach both sacred and secular singing. The next step was to introduce instruction into the newly formed public school system in Boston. Met with great success. His educational ideas, as well as his approach to the uses of music, were based on the idea of “edification,” which basically meant moral, spiritual, and intellectual improvement . Introducing children to edifying music and musical practices would inform their lifelong musical tastes, he believed. Mason’s influence was profound, not only on public musical education, which he virtually invented, but on subsequent developments in musical taste and practice....
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- Fall '08
- Music, Sacred Harp, Lowell Mason, musical practices, Edification Lowell Mason