Lowell Mason

Lowell Mason

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  • On January 8, 1792, in Medfield, Massachusetts, Lowell Mason was born. Both his parents were musically inclined and sang in the church choir. His father also played the bass viol.
  • Lowell learned how to play many instruments at a young age. At the age of 16, he became the church choir director.
  • At the age of 20, Lowell moved to Savannah, Georgia where he became partners in a dry-goods store. While doing that, he also taught singing schools and became the choir director in the Independent Presbyterian Church. Five years later, Mason also became their organist.
  • In 1817, while Lowell was still in Savannah, he continued to advance his musical skills by taking composition lessons with Fredrick L. Abel. Here, Mason set to write his own hymn book. with the help of Fredrick.
  • In 1833, Lowell Mason joined with George James Webb and Samuel A. Eliot to establish and open up the Boston Academy of Music to promote the introduction of music education in the public schools, raise the standards of church music, and promote the art of singing.
  • Lowell Mason wrote many of the songs we still sing today in church and during the holidays as well. Mason wrote "Joy to the World" and "Nearer My God to Thee." Today. Mason is known as 'the Father of Public School Music Education'.
  • 'Joy to the world, the Lord is come'
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