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    Christmas music in American public schools: a genealogical inquiry

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    The purpose of this study is to examine how the regular practice of Christmas music in the American public schools came to be. If we understand the historical evolution of this practice, we can better understand our conditions of possibility for the future. Christmas in America is both a religious and cultural holiday. The sacred/secular binary, often used as a lens for analysis, is problematic due to the multitude of religious and cultural meanings that constitute the American Christmas. I utilize genealogical methods to trace the relationships between elements that have conditioned and constrained the practice of Christmas music in the public schools. These elements include the lack of established Christmas traditions and music at the beginning of the eighteenth century, the development of a regular canon of Christmas music in the churches, Sabbath school Christmas exhibitions, and public examinations as a technology of eighteenth century education. I contextualize these elements amongst the cultural history of the American Christmas, which includes a focus on the family, children, gift giving, goodwill, and community. This cultural history is set against a backdrop of nostalgia and ritual that frames Christmas practices. From this perspective, I trace varied examples of Christmas music in the public schools, starting with the nineteenth century end-of-term exercises. Into the twentieth century, I describe different practices, including Christmas music as worship service, variations on the sacred/secular binary, and public school music in the community. Based on this inquiry, I suggest reflexive questions for music teachers when considering Christmas music in the public schools. I also recommend suggestions in place of the current NAfME position statement. I propose that Christmas music be considered a postsecular genre in America. Applying a postsecular lens allows for acknowledgement of the persistence of the sacred/secular divide, in relation to the wide array of other elements that results in a blurriness of the dichotomy. Through application of this lens, the practice of Christmas music in the American public schools becomes both more difficult and more thoughtful

    Enjoy Christmas Music

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    Today it is hard to realize that Christmas was once a subject of strenuous controversy. Its religious observance was the source of bitter denominational quarrels during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Large groups of colonists objected to Christmas at that time. For the Church of England, the Feast of the Nativity was one of the most important of the year, yet the English Puritans condemned it. Eventually attention turned to the realm of economics and politics so that religious controversies, including that of Christmas observance, became of less importance. The American Constitution established separation of church and state and gradually opposition to Christmas disappeared. Sunday schools began to integrate Christmas celebrations with those of religion. Finally in 1847 a Sonday school Christmas tree was set up in a New York City church where carols were sung, and gifts were provided for under-privileged children. By 1880 the religious significance of Christmas had improved in all Evangelical churches. Now Sunday schools support Christmas widely as a religious and as a social observance by commemorating the Nativity with special services and activities. The St. Nicholas figure, from which Santa Claus developed, was brought to the American colonies as a mixed religious-folk figure. He had long been popular in several European countries. During the past 50 years Santa Claus has become a symbol of charity and generosity. To children he expresses affection and devotion. He depicts the spirit of Christmas. Christmas not only affects the family unit internally but also relates it to the community. Many families have developed their own personal traditions. They attend church activities together; they have special festive occasions; home and tree decorations often represent certain incidents or memories to cherish. The philosophy of doing-for-others grows stronger at Christmas time

    From the Lyceum to the White House: UM Choir Sings in D.C.

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    Selected ensemble presents Christmas music in the White House, meets President Obam

    Boston University Wind Ensemble, December 7, 2006

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    This is the concert program of the Boston University Wind Ensemble performance on Thursday, December 7, 2006 at 8:00 p.m., at the Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts. Works performed were Children's March: "Over the Hills and Far Away" by Percy Aldridge Grainger, Symphony for Brass and Percussion by Gunther Schuller, SHAKATA: Singing the World into Existence by Dana Wilson, and Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed. Digitization for Boston University Concert Programs was supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities Library Endowed Fund

    Advanced Wind Conducting Project

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    Contents include: 1. Introduction2. An American in Paris by George Gershwin, arranged by John Krance3. Danse Bacchannale from Samson and Delilah by Saint-Saëns4. Flourish for Wind Band by Ralph Vaughan Williams5. Cajun Folk Songs II by Frank Ticheli6. Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed7. Endnotes/References

    Volume 24, Number 12 (December 1906)

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    Glimpse at the Christmas of Some Noted European Churches Practical Listening to Music Folk Music as Related to Art Music American Folk Songs Songs of Christmas Music and Other Arts Suggestions for Playing Some Pianoforte Works of Schumann Story of a Songhttps://digitalcommons.gardner-webb.edu/etude/1024/thumbnail.jp

    Bach Society Presents Concert of Christmas Music

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    News release announces a Dayton Bach Society concert of Christmas-season choral music

    GWU Symphonic Band to Perform in Tucker Student Center on Dec. 2

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    The Gardner-Webb University Symphonic Band will present a concert featuring Christmas music and a senior soloist on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Stewart Hall inside the Tucker Student Center on the Boiling Springs campus. Admission is free.https://digitalcommons.gardner-webb.edu/gardner-webb-newscenter-archive/2263/thumbnail.jp
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