Singing Schools

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SINGING SCHOOLS could be found in every region of the United States in the nineteenth century, but were especially common in the rural districts of the South and West. They were usually conducted by an itinerant teacher of music, who collected a small fee from each student enrolled. A session commonly continued from two to four weeks, with a meeting held each evening. Nominally formed to teach singing, the singing school also served as a social and often a matrimonial agency.


Seeger, Charles. "Music and Class Structure in the United States." American Quarterly 9 (Autumn, 1957): 281–294.

Edward EverettDale/a. r.

See alsoEducation ; Music: Early American .