A history of the Music Department, University of Queensland, 1912-1970

Wilmott, Noel (1986). A history of the Music Department, University of Queensland, 1912-1970 Honours Thesis, School of Music, The University of Queensland.

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Author Wilmott, Noel
Thesis Title A history of the Music Department, University of Queensland, 1912-1970
School, Centre or Institute School of Music
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1986
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Total pages 123
Language eng
Subjects 330000 Education
Formatted abstract The concept of a "People's University", which prompted the foundation of the University of Queensland, would at first sight appear to have not extended to the development of a Department of Music, except for an early commitment to the administration of the Australian Music Examinations Board in Queensland. This is not to say that no music existed on campus, but organised teaching at a high level was not part of the original plan.

Financial constraints, and the effects of World War One and the Great Depression, prevented the University from moving swiftly in the provision of a Faculty of Music or a Conservatorium, despite unceasing pleas from outside the University as well as from its lone Music Lecturer and AMEB Organiser, Mr. Sydney May. By 1939 provision existed in the B.A. for limited studies in History of Music and Harmony and Counterpoint, but not as a full major and with no accompanying practical component.

To compensate for the lack of an intensive course leading to a Degree in Music, a Diploma in Music was established within the Faculty of Arts in 1938, but this never attracted sufficient interest to make it a viable proposition. The period after the Second World War saw great expansion in the University. This included the organisation of a series of Music Summer Schools which were unique in Australia at the time until, for reasons unexplained, the University withdrew its support in 1950. The AMEB system was becoming a huge enterprise and a four year Honours music stream became available in the B.A.in 1962.

The foundation of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1957 mollified those in the community who had waited forty years for the University to act, but by now the moves to establish a Faculty of Music and B. Mus. degree had gained their own momentum. The present Department and Faculty are the end results of a determined effort nearly sixty years ago to realise the needs of Music training at tertiary level in Queensland.
Keyword University of Queensland - Music
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