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Gehrkens, Karl (Wilson)

Gehrkens, Karl (Wilson)

Gehrkens, Karl (Wilson), American music educator; b. Kelleys Island, Ohio, April 19, 1882; d. Elk Rapids, Mich., Feb. 28, 1975. After graduation from Oberlin (Ohio) Coll. (B.A. 1905; M.A., 1912), he became a prof. of school music at the Oberlin Cons, of Music in 1907; retired in 1942. He was ed. of School Music from 1925 to 1934 and author or co-author of 9 books on music education. During his tenure as president of the Music Supervisors National Conference (1923), he coined the slogan “Music for every child, and every child for music,”


E Lendrim, Music for Every Child: The Story of K.W.G. (diss., Univ. of Mich., 1972).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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