Irma Collins?s Dictionary of Music Education is more than just a lexicon. It is a journey through time and the story of the evolution of music education, including entries on notable individuals, crucial terms, important events, and key organizations?a broad survey of the field. Collins includes information about a variety of English-speaking countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, emphasizing the impact ...
Irma Collins’s Dictionary of Music Education is more than just a lexicon. It is a journey through time and the story of the evolution of music education, including entries on notable individuals, crucial terms, important events, and key organizations—a broad survey of the field. Collins includes information about a variety of English-speaking countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, emphasizing the impact music education researchers and organizations have had on one another across the globe.
Biographical entries profile musicians and music educators who were among the founders or first implementers of significant pedagogical tools and methods. Terms include standard concepts in the field of music education. Event and organization entries are those crucial to the advancement of music education regionally, nationally, and internationally. Dictionary of Music Education also includes a timeline, cross-references, and a significant bibliography. This work will interest anyone involved in the field of music education, from students and faculty to administrators and private instructors.
Collins, the founder of the Journal of Music Teacher Education, has compiled a useful resource for her colleagues in the field. Concise and thoroughly cross-referenced entries explain terms, define key concepts, and discuss significant people and organizations. Other helpful features include a key to organization abbreviations; a chronology tracing the history of music education; lists of organizations, publications, and institutions that include complete contact information; and a bibliography. This very specialized source is best suited to a collection supporting a music-education program.
Collins offers a music education dictionary that focuses on significant persons, terms, events, and organizations in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Some biographies (e.g. Julia Crane, Charles Leonhard, Lilla Belle Pitts) are informative, and the brief commentaries on British, Canadian, and Australian organizations are useful. Regrettably, errors and omissions detract from the value of this dictionary. For instance, valve mechanisms for brass instruments were developed by 19th-century inventor Friedrich Blühmel, not by 20th-century musicologist Friedrich Blüme. . . . Summing Up: Recommended. . . Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.
American Reference Books Annual
The top-quality Dictionary of Music Education is an alphabetic dictionary of words utilized in the learning of music including important associations, people, words, and occurrences. Author Irma H. Collins has a Temple University music education DMA. The dictionary contains a contents, foreword, preface, acknowledgments, list of acronyms and abbreviations, organizations and abbreviations, chronology, introduction, the A-Z dictionary, and four appendixes (a list of organizations, a list of publications, and instructions for examining institutions for music. The work concludes with a bibliography. The 11-page chronology is from 6th c. Greece BCE to 2011 with divisions BCE, AD Medieval/Middle Ages (5th-15th c.), and Beginning of the Discipline of Music Education. The 17-page List of Organizations has sections for Australia and New Zealand, Canada, International, United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, and United States divulges for example Early Music America (EMA) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The 20 page List of Publications is divided into sections Australia and New Zealand, Canada, International, United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, and United States. The Bibliography is separated into categories: 'Dictionaries and Encyclopedias' and 'Books and Journal Articles.' Examining Institutions for Music includes two parts: Australia and United Kingdom. The Dictionary of Music Education will be very useful for music learners, public and academic libraries, and music libraries.
I would recommend [the] Dictionary of Music Education . . . I am a supporter of having dictionaries available in the classroom for students to reference without the unreliability of Internet sites, and [this book] fits that purpose well.
Music Reference Services Quarterly
Irma H. Collins, professor emerita of music education and founder of the Journal of Music Teacher Education, has authored a uniquely diverse dictionary of music education. It will certainly broaden the horizons and vocabulary of general readers….Its primary strength is its broad coverage, especially of history, persons, and place. One finds terms from antiquity, such as shofar, alongside those for recent technology, such as Skoog. There is a rich selection of succinct biographical sketches of persons from the 19th and 20th centuries. Included among these are performers, conductors, composers, researchers, authors, professors, and school music teachers and supervisors. These portraits provide varied historical context that conveys an understanding of the origins and growth of music education.
Irma Collins has had an active and diverse teaching career spanning more than 50 years at both public school and university levels. Dr. Collins holds BA, BSM, and MM degrees in Violin, Voice, and Conducting, and she received her DMA in Music Education from Temple University in Philadelphia PA. She is a professor emeritus in music education from Murray State University and a retired adjunct professor of music education at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Virginia. Dr. Collins also served as national chairperson for the National Association for Music Education’s Society for Music Teacher Education where she founded the Journal of Music Teacher Education.