Religion Past and Present

Get access
Search Results: | 14 of 23 |

Singing Schools in America
(188 words)

[German Version]

Singing schools were instructional gatherings in 18th- and 19th-century America for teaching musically untrained people note reading and group singing. These sessions characteristically employed “shape-notes” (Shape-note singing traditions). The first book used in such singing schools was An Introduction to the Art of Singing of Psalm-tunes (1721), based on a four-syllable ( fasola) solmization. Over time a system of seven note shapes prevailed, though most of the shape-note collections published throughout the 19th and into the 20…

Cite this page
Saliers, Don E., “Singing Schools in America”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 June 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

▲   Back to top   ▲