Alice Carey Inskeep (1875-1942): A pioneering Iowa music educator and MENC founding member

Debra Gordon Hedden, George N. Heller, Jere Humphreys, Valerie A. Slattery

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The purpose of this study was to examine the professional contributions of Alice Carey Inskeep (1875-1942), who contributed significantly to music education through her positive and effective teaching, supervising, community service, and leadership in music education. Inskeep was born, in Ottumwa, Iowa, and, taught for five years in that city's school system after graduating from high school. She served as music supervisor in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for most of the remainder of her career, where she provided progressive leadership to the schools and community. She was one of three people appointed to plan the initial meeting in Keokuk, Iowa, for what eventually became MENC: The National Association for Music Education, and she was one of sixtynine founding members of the organization in 1907. The Keokuk meeting served as an impetus for Inskeep to travel to Chicago, where she studied with several notable music educators. Later, she sat on the organization's nominating committee, the first Educational Council (precursor to the Music Education Research Council) board of directors, and provided leadership to two of the organization's affiliates, the North Central Division and the Iowa Music Educators Association. She served, as a parttime or summer faculty member at Iowa State Normal School and Coe College in Cedar Falls and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, respectively, and the American Institute of Normal Methods in Evanston, Illinois, and Auburndale, Massachusetts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-147
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Research in Music Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Music


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