'A Higher Mission Than Merely to Please the Ear': Music and Social Reform in America, 1900-1925

Campbell, Gavin James
June 2000
Musical Quarterly;Summer2000, Vol. 84 Issue 2, p259
Academic Journal
Discusses the belief of reformers that music has the power to reform society in early 20th century United States. Move for a federally funded National Conservatory of Music; Articles on the benefits of music; Argument by music reformers; Movement with multiple aims; Responsibility to champion the underclasses; Monopoly of the upper-class on access to good music.


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