Velma Kitchell Wilson Retirement Letters, 1967
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Brief Description:

Retirement Letters honoring Velma Kitchell Wilson (1903-July 28, 2000), (B.Mus, 1926), Instructor and Professor in Music Education (1928-1967) containing congratulations on her retirement and recollections of her former students regarding Kitchell Wilson's teaching (1930s through 1960s) in the School of Music and University High School, and the former students' subsequent careers in music and other fields.

See also record series number 35/3/68.

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Record Series Number: 12/5/37
Created by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. School of Music
Volume: 0.2 cubic feet
Acquired: 7/18/2005
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Arrangement: Alphabetical by name of correspondent
Biographical Note for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. School of Music :

After five years of study and discussion on the subject, the Board of Trustees organized the School of Music on June 9, 1897, to offer courses in musical instruction.1 Initially the courses of study included vocal and instrumental training as well as work in the history of music.2 In 1922 the curriculum of Music Education was added in cooperation with the College of Education.3 When the College of Fine and Applied Arts was organized on March 12, 1931, the school of Music was included in the new college.4 The School started to offer courses leading to the degree of Master of Music in 1940, and, in 1953, it began to offer courses leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology.5 Both graduate and undergraduate curricula expanded until in 1974 the School of Music offered courses in the fields of theory, history, and applied music. Degrees offered include the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Music, Master of Science in Music Education, Doctor of Education in Music Education, Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology, and Doctor of Musical Arts.6 Musical groups often associated with the School such as the University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestras, Wind Ensemble, and Contemporary Chamber Players are open to qualified students from any college.7

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--Music Education, Council for Research in (1974)


1. Board of Trustees Transactions, 16th Report, March 8, 1892, p. 205; 18th Report, March 12, 1895, pp. 73, 77; June 11, 1895, pp. 95-96, 102; 19th Report, June 9, 1897, pp. 124-25.

2. Catalogs and Registers, 1897-98, pp. 135-37.

3. Ibid., 1922-23, p. 116.

4. Board of Trustees Transactions, 36th Report, March 12, 1931, p. 186-87.

5. Catalogs and Registers, 1940-41, p. 167; Undergraduate Study Catalog, 1953-54, p. 130.

6. Undergraduate Study Catalog, 1973-75, p. 259.

7. Ibid., 1973-75, p. 259.

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University High School
Vocal Music
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English [eng]