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Salute to Music in Our Schools Month

March 18, 2013

Each March participating schools throughout the country showcase the talents of their music students.   Through various concerts and educational activities, Music in Our Schools Month, or MIOSM, raises awareness and appreciation of music education programs. 

Musical training has been a part of the curriculum of public and private schools in San Antonio from the 19th century to now.  In observance of MIOSM, Special Collections presents some of the photographs from our collections that document the teaching of music in local schools.  The earliest, from the 1880s, is a class portrait taken for the school and the parents.  A descendant of one of the students loaned us his original to copy for our General Photograph Collection (MS 362).  Another more recent group portrait of music students is from the Zintgraff Studio Photograph Collection (MS 355).  The others, from the San Antonio Light Photograph Collection (MS 359), were taken for newspaper articles relating to music education in San Antonio schools.

Fred Mueller and Martha McMurry, members of the harmonica band of Alamo Heights Elementary School, November  1934.  (MS 359:  L-0408-D)

Fred Mueller and Martha McMurry, members of the harmonica band of Alamo Heights Elementary School, November 1934. (MS 359: L-0408-D)

Minim Choir of St. Mary’s Institute, 1880s.  (MS 362:  L-073-1195)

Minim Choir of St. Mary’s Institute, 1880s. (MS 362: L-073-1195)

Florence Brown, student at Page Junior School, with music she composed for operetta that was performed at her school, April 1926.  (MS 359:  L-0575-J)

Florence Brown, student at Page Junior School, with music she composed for operetta that was performed at her school, April 1926. (MS 359: L-0575-J)

Central Catholic High School choir members sing Christmas carols at various locations in the downtown area, December 1939.  (MS 359:  L-2319-E)

Central Catholic High School choir members sing Christmas carols at various locations in the downtown area, December 1939. (MS 359: L-2319-E)

The Drum and Bugle Corp of the San Antonio Chinese School, June 1938.  (MS 359:  L-1867-F)

The Drum and Bugle Corp of the San Antonio Chinese School, June 1938. (MS 359: L-1867-F)

First grade rhythm band at Lorenzo De Zavala School, January 1941.  (MS 359:  L-2651-F)

First grade rhythm band at Lorenzo De Zavala School, January 1941. (MS 359: L-2651-F)

Otto Zoeller, director of music for San Antonio public high schools, conducts practice session shortly before his high school symphony orchestra played for a radio exposition, 1926.  (MS 359:  L-0481-A)

Otto Zoeller, director of music for San Antonio public high schools, conducts practice session shortly before his high school symphony orchestra played for a live radio broadcast, 1926. (MS 359: L-0481-A)

Brackenridge High School Orchestra with awards, 1936-37.  (MS 355: Z-0220-3-1)

Brackenridge High School Orchestra with trophies, 1936-37. (MS 355: Z-0220-3-1)

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