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This Week in Texas Music History: Miriam Gordon Landrum

by Stephen Becker 6 Jan 2012 1:15 PM

This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll learn about a music teacher who helped launch dozens of successful careers.


Art&Seek presents This Week in Texas Music History. Every week, we’ll spotlight a different moment and the musician who made it. This week, Texas music scholar Gary Hartman celebrates a music teacher who helped launch dozens of successful careers.

You can also hear This Week in Texas Music History on Sunday at precisely 6:04 p.m. on KERA radio. But subscribe to the podcast so you won’t miss an episode. And our thanks to KUT public radio in Austin for helping us bring this segment to you. And if you’re a music lover, be sure to check out Track by Track, the bi-weekly podcast from Paul Slavens, host of KXT’s The Paul Slavens Show, heard Sunday night’s at 8.

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Miriam Gordon Landrum died on Jan. 2, 1967. Born in Waco on Nov. 25, 1893, she studied piano in Paris, France. During the 1920s, Landrum taught at the University of Texas and went on to help found the Austin Chapter of the Music Teachers’ Association and the Texas School of Fine Arts. While serving on the board of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, she continued to teach, perform and publish educational materials. Landrum also played a leading role in making the Austin Symphony the oldest continuously performing symphony orchestra in the state of Texas.

Miriam Landrum taught piano for the remainder of her life and earned numerous teaching awards. Her students won multiple honors, and many went on to successful professional careers.

Next time on This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll remember a man who helped make others famous while avoiding the spotlight himself.