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The History of the Public Schools of Wyandotte County, Kansas

1844
2006

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This represents a copy of the manuscript as it was presented, including terminology used at the time of the writing.  All attempts have been made to reproduce the spelling, capitalization and layout of the original book as much as possible.  In some cases, "annotations" or "Internet links" have been provided to the original works by the transcriber of the manuscript.

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by Suzanne H. Elliott
B.M.E., Kent State University, 1978
Ms. Elliott is Principal of Hazel Grove Elementary School - Mar 2003

A sincere thank you is extended to Ms. Sue Elliott (2003 Principal of Hazel Grove Elementary School) for giving us permission to include her thesis in the records and online works of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. Ms. Elliott brings an interesting and informative aspect to the history of Music and the community of Rosedale as it merged with the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools. 

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Transcription for online preparation: Patricia Adams, USD 500

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ABSTRACT

This study is a history of public school music in the Rosedale District of Kansas City, Kansas from 1872-1973. The following questions were researched: (1) What was the status and organization of the music program from its inception to 1973? (2) What effects did the establishment of Bell Memorial Hosspital, later the University of Kansas Medical Center, have on the community and schools of Rosedale? (3) What effects did consolidation into the larger city of Kansas City, Kansas have on the small community of Rosedale? (4) How did the music program at Rosedale compare with other Kansas City, Kansas school?

Research was conducted by means of an examination of various local newspapers, the holdings of the Wyandotte County Historical Society, the Kansas State Historical Society, the Kansas City Kansas Public Library, and the records of the Kansas City Kansas Board of Education. In addition, personal interviews were held with people who had knowledge of or played important roles in the development of the community and the music program.

This study traced the growth of the music program from the founding of the townsite in 1872 to the closing of Rosedale High School in 1973. It noted the valuable leadership of several outstanding educators and their contributions to school and curriculum growth. The early expansion of the community of Rosedale paralleled the University of Kansas Medican Center Development. The late 1960s saw further growth of the Medical Center which along with the transition to an urban community gave way to the loss of small town identity and aided in the decision to change the high school to a middle school.

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Table of Contents - all chapters are .pdf files
Chapter I INTRODUCTION
Problems and Purpose
Need for the Study
Method of Study
Related Literature
Chapter II EARLY DEVELOPMENT OF ROSEDALE AND THE ROSEDALE SCHOOLS 1872-1922
Early Industry
Early Church and Educational Institutions
Establishment of Music at Rosedale High School
Beginnings of Music in the Elementary Schools
The Building of Bell Memorial Hospital
The First Orchestra
Chapter III DEVELOPMENT OF THE MUSIC PROGRAM 1920-1947
Sarah Howard
Development of Orchestra and Vocal Music
The Growth of Elementary Music
Establishment of a Band
Beginning of the Elementary String Program
Chapter IV THE STOSKOPF ERA
The Building of the Instrumental Program
Chapter V THE CHANGING COMMUNITY 1967-1973
The Changing Urban Community
Declining Enrollment in the Music Program
Becoming a Middle School
Chapter VI SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
Recommendations
APPENDIX CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF DIRECTORS

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