As America’s geography and societal demands expanded, the topics in The Etude magazine (first published in 1883) took on such important issues as women in music; immigration; transportation; Native American and African American composers and their music; World War I and II; public schools; new technologies (sound recordings, radio, and television); and modern music (jazz, gospel, blues, early 20th century composers) in addition to regular book reviews, teaching advice, interviews, biographies, and advertisements. Though a valued source particularly for private music teachers, with the de-emphasis on the professional elite and the decline in salon music, the magazine ceased publication in 1957.
This Index to the articles in The Etude serves as a companion to E. Douglas Bomberger’s 2004 publication on the music in The Etude. Published a little over fifty years after the final issue reached the public, this Index chronicles vocal and instrumental technique, composer biographies, position openings, department store orchestras, recital programs in music schools, and much more. The Index is a valuable tool for research, particularly in the music culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. With titles of these articles available, the doors are now open for further research in the years to come.