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Robert Klotman papers

 Collection 0130-SCPA
Robert Klotman, born in 1918, was an active musician, educator, and leader in the field of music education. He served as President of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), now known as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), from 1976 to 1978 and President of the North Central Division of MENC from 1972 to 1974. This collection consists of Klotman’s professional papers including correspondence, speeches, articles, publications, and programs related to large initiatives undertaken by MENC such as the Teachers Education Commission, Contemporary Music Project, and work with the United States government to secure funds for music education.

Dates

  • 1947-1988
  • Majority of material found within 1973-1988

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please make an appointment with the curator: Tel: 301.405.9220, Email: scpa@umd.edu

Extent

8.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Robert Klotman papers cover the period from 1947 to 1988; the bulk of the materials date from 1973 to 1978. The collection consists of professional papers including correspondence, speeches, articles, publications, and programs related to Klotman’s work as president of MENC. The collection includes materials related to the governance of MENC, the Teachers Education Commission, Contemporary Music Project, government relations, and Klotman’s many speeches and articles on music education.

Biography

Robert Klotman (b. 22 November 1918 - d. 8 February 2012), violinist, conductor, and music educator, was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Klotman received his BS in Education from Ohio Northern University, his MA in Music from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and his Doctor of Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. He began his career as an educator in 1940 as an instrumental and vocal teacher in Dola, Ohio. In addition to teaching, Klotman also performed as a member of the Cleveland Philharmonic Civic Orchestra from 1948-1956. Klotman later became the Director of Music Education for Detroit Public Schools, and held this position from 1963 until becoming Professor of Music and Chairman of the Music Education department at Indiana University in Bloomington in 1969, where he was later named Professor Emeritus of Music Education.

During his career, Klotman served as guest conductor with many honor bands and symphony orchestras as well as guest lecturer and visiting professor at universities around the world including the University of Michigan, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in the People's Republic of China, and the Zagreb Conservatory of Music in Yugoslavia. In addition to serving as the President of the American String Teachers Association from 1962 to 1964, Klotman served as President of the North Central Division of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), now known as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), from 1972-1974 and President of the Music Educators National Conference from 1976 to 1978. In 2004 Klotman was inducted into MENC's Music Educators Hall of Fame.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into twelve series.
  1. MENC Governance
  2. MENC Committees
  3. MENC Commissioners and Projects
  4. MENC Conventions
  5. MENC Journals and Publications
  6. MENC Government Relations
  7. MENC New Headquarters Building Project
  8. MENC Correspondence
  9. Other MENC Projects
  10. Professional Writings
  11. Indiana University Materials
  12. Miscellaneous Collected Materials

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gifts by Robert Klotman beginning in September 1978.

Related Material

This collection is part of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Historical Center, previously known as the Music Educators National Conference Historical Center.

For material relating to Robert Klotman's involvement with the American String Teacher's Association (ASTA), please contact the SCPA curator. The ASTA archives are currently unprocessed, but can be made available for use.

Klotman, Robert. The school music administrator and supervisor; catalysts for change in music education. Prentice-Hall: Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 1973. Lowens Special Collections Room MT3.U5 K5 http://catalog.umd.edu/docno=000242529

Klotman, Robert. Scheduling Music Classes. MENC: Washington. 1968. Lowens Special Collections Room MT1 .K59 http://catalog.umd.edu/docno=000173045
Title
Robert Klotman papers
Status
Completed
Author
Lisa Rodio
Date
August 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
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College Park MD 20742 United States