James A. Keene (b. 1932) is a musician and music educator. He served as professor of music and chairman of the Music Departments at Western Illinois University and Mansfield State University. He additionally taught as a faculty member at the University of Vermont and Montana State University. The collection contains his research materials, works submitted by his students at Mansfield State University, and a comprehensive index of references Keene used in his research and publications on music pedagogy.
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The James A. Keene papers cover the period from 1953-1985; the bulk dates of the materials are from 1970-1977. The papers consist of professional papers including research materials, manuscripts of published materials, students' work from his time at Mansfield State University, and references curated for his research and publications. Materials largely represent Keene's research interest in the history of music education in the United States.
James A. Keene (b. 1932) is a musician, music educator, and researcher of music pedagogy. He earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Wayne State University, and the University of Michigan. Subsequently, he served as professor of music and chairman of the Music Departments at Western Illinois University and Mansfield State University. He additionally taught as a faculty member at the University of Vermont and Montana State University.
A researcher of music pedagogy, Keene served as editor of The Vermont Music News and Music Chairman of the Vermont Council on the Arts. In addition to his many articles, Keene is the author of several monographs: The History of Music Education in the United States, Music Education in Vermont, 1700-1900 and Giants of Music Education.
Outisde of his academic pursuits, Keene performed as a violin and viola soloist, in chamber music, and as a conductor.
This collection has been divided into three series:
Gift of James A. Keene, October 21, 2015.
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