As America's geography and societal demands expanded, the topics in The Etude magazine (first published in 1883) took on such important issues as women in music; immigration; transportation; Native American and African American composers and their music; World War I and II; public schools; new technologies (sound recordings, radio, and television); and modern music (jazz, gospel, blues, early 20th century composers) in addition to regular book reviews, teaching advice, interviews, biographies, and advertisements. Though a valued source particularly for private music teachers, with the de-emphasis on the professional elite and the decline in salon music, the magazine ceased publication in 1957.
This Index to the articles in The Etude serves as a companion to E. Douglas Bomberger’s 2004 publication on the music in The Etude. Published a little over fifty years after the final issue reached the public, this Index chronicles vocal and instrumental technique, composer biographies, position openings, department store orchestras, the design of a successful music studio, how to play an accordion, recital programs in music schools, and much more. The Index is a valuable tool for research, particularly in the music culture of American in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With titles of these articles available, the doors are now open for further research in the years to come.
Pamela R. Dennis is the daughter of Sara Mizelle Richardson and the late William Maurice Richardson, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her early musical training was with the late Mrs. R.L. Wilmoth and with instructors of Salem College including Margaret Mueller and Cynthia Clark. Collegiate piano study was with Bert Wiley of Western Carolina University, and graduate organ study was with Dr. Donald Hustad of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pamela Dennis holds a Ph.D. in musicology from The University of Memphis, a master’s degree in library science from Southern Connecticut State University, a master’s degree in church music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Western Carolina University.
Pamela Dennis is currently an Associate Professor and is the Learning Commons Coordinator for the McWherter Library at The University of Memphis, where she is also a member of the graduate faculty of the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. She is the former director of the Luther L. Gobbel Library at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, where she taught organ, church music, and interdisciplinary studies courses for 10 years. Her performance credits include appearances with the Jackson Symphony piano trio, accompanist for the North Carolina Baptist Singers and Orchestra Brazil tour, accompanist for the Union University Singers European tour, and organ accompanist for the Lambuth University Concert Choir. In addition to music, her chief hobby is historical research. This interest resulted in her doctoral dissertation, “Music in Jackson, Tennessee: 1875-1917,” in 2000. Since that time, she has continued to write about local history and has published articles in Tennessee Libraries, Family Findings, Heritage Quest, West Tennessee Historical Society Papers, and in several other states’ historical and genealogical journals. Her book, Lambuth University, a pictorial history published by Arcadia Publishing, reached bookstores in 2004. She is married to Dr. David Dennis, Professor of Music at Union University.