A recreo-connection

In the years following World War I, records indicate increased arts-based activities as part of the national recreation service profession.  In 1929 alone, over 23,000 requests for promotional literature on drama, music, and general recreation were solicited of the Playground and Recreation Association of America.  A year later, the association name change reflected a broader purpose, becoming the National Recreation Association.  Special services developed through this NRA existed to promote participation in music, arts and crafts, nature, gardening, and other activities.  The services expanded to include more performing arts.  During this same period, New Hampshire governor, John Winant, fostered the movement of recreation activities into rural areas, promoting music festivals, native singing in costume, and hymn festivals with combined church congregations.  In conjunction with the 1932 Olympic Games, the first Recreation Congress explicitly included demonstrations in music, massed bands, community symphony orchestras, civic choruses, Negro Spirituals, and group singing (Hartsoe, 2006).


Hartsoe, C. (2006). Building better communities. Champaign, IL: Sagamore Publishing, LLC.


About mundyviar

Basil Mundy Viar, III, is a newly relocated music teacher in the Palm Springs Unified School District of California, USA. For the past 18 years, he served the students and families within the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. In this role, he discovered the need for a reevaluation of the roles, purposes, and directions of scholastic music in a changing community and in a changing economy. The direction of his doctoral work was largely influenced by this experience. He researches the attitudes, levels of satisfaction, and lifelong learning effects of music training both inside and outside of the traditional school experience, with an eye on the roles that community based organizations may play in this. Prior to his assignment as a public school music teacher, Dr. Viar served as a Program Director for the Blue Devils, an internationally revered youth organization dedicated to performance excellence, also based in Concord, California, USA. During his time with the Blue Devils, the "B" Corps was reinvigorated and performed with renewed excitement, proficiency, and levels of success. Under Dr. Viar's guidance, BDB performed in the 1997 Drum Corps International World Championships in Orlando, Florida, and the 1998 World Marching Band Festival in Kanagawa Prefecture Japan. Basil Mundy Viar, III, is a graduate of the Transformative Inquiry Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies (PhD) in San Francisco, California, USA. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of California, Berkeley; Single Subject Teaching Credential from the Bay Area College of Chapman University in Orange, California; and a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Community and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University of Richmond, Virginia, USA.
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