Dr. William R. Lee, professor emeritus of music and former coordinator of music education at UTC, recently gave the keynote address at the Oklahoma City Symposium on the History of Music Education.
The symposium was a national conference sponsored by the National Association for Music Education and its History Research Special Interest Group.
Lee, recently inducted into the Tennessee Music Education Association Hall of Fame, spoke on the future of historical research in music education, including “Lowell Mason, the Cherokee Singing Book, and the Missionary Ethic,” his work on Cherokee music accumulation by the Oklahoma Historical Society.
His research often focuses on the history of music education with an emphasis on the 19th and early 20th centuries. He has published extensively, including 15 entries in the New Grove Dictionary of American Music. He also is Book Review-Media Editor of the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education and is a member of the National Book Review Circle, an organization of published reviewers and editors.