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“When I Was at School, I Played All Classical Music”

“When I Was at School, I Played All Classical Music”

Chapter:
(p.33) Chapter 5 “When I Was at School, I Played All Classical Music”
Source:
Creating the Jazz Solo
Author(s):
Vic Hobson
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496819772.003.0005

This chapter explores Armstrong’s education in music at Abijah Fisk School. He learned music theory using the tonic sol-fa system that was taught in all New Orleans public schools. He sang songs from the Eleanor Smith Manual of Music (book 1). The program of music education in New Orleans was entirely vocal: there were no instrumental lessons. The music in the elementary years was sung in unison without part singing.

Keywords:   Abijah Fisk School, Tonic sol-fa, Eleanor Smith

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