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Corpus Christi Music Teachers Association Records

Identifier: Coll -246
June 2019 was the date of the first donation of this organization’s records and consists of 16 scrapbooks dating from 1951 to 2011, a leadership manual, 2008-2010, and additional photographs.


  • 1951 - 2019
  • Agent Relation: 2019 June 18

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3 Linear Feet : 3 bankers boxes


The Corpus Christi Music Teachers Association Records organized in 1951 with the objectives of stimulating its members to a greater efficiency in the teaching of music, encouraging and promoting the cause of good music, and fostering fraternity and good fellowship in the music profession. The records consist of scrapbooks and a leadership manual which contain program recitals, newspaper clippings of events, membership rosters, photographs of members and the history and financial information of the association from its beginning in 1951 to 2011.

Biographical / Historical

In August of 1951, Mrs. Parrie James, Mrs. C.H. Roberts, and Mrs. C. N. Wylie met with Mrs. J. M. Sewell, in her home, to discuss the organization of Corpus Christi music teachers. Mrs. Sewell took the lead, having served as the president of the Music Teachers Association of Dallas. The women met with Rabbi Wolf to hear his ideas on the subject. The first organized meeting was in October in the North Hall of the Y.M.C.A. with music teachers who has responded to the invitation. They named the organization, “Corpus Christi Music Teachers Association” and an advisory board was appointed. On November 3, 1951, the members attended a fish dinner at Joe’ Yen’s restaurant and officers were elected.

Pearle Sewell was elected as the first president. Growing up her home was a ranch in West Texas where a piano was provided for her to learn and study music. She had six brothers on the isolated ranch. She graduated from Mary Hardin Baylor College and continued her studies at the American Conservatory in Chicago. In 1966 the association established in Mrs. Sewell’s honor an annual scholarship for a worthy music student.

The association is affiliated with the Texas Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. Membership is made up of private and college teachers: members are instructive of wind, string, keyboard instruments, and voice. In 1975 the association became a member of the Corpus Christi Arts Council. Individual members participate in symphony guild and art and science museum projects in addition to other cultural activities in the community.

Corpus Christi Music Teachers Association Records
Lori K Atkins
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository

6300 Ocean Dr.
Unit 5702
Corpus Christi TX 78412 United States
361-825-5973 (Fax)