1922 – 1931

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The School of Music launched an internationally celebrated eurhythmics curriculum in 1921. Two years of eurhythmics study became a requirement for all music students in 1931, integration with performance followed in 1943, and international workshops were later organized under the direction of Marta Sanchez. The School of Music’s Preparatory School pioneered music education for children in 1922, before similar instruction was offered at institutions such as Juilliard and New England Conservatory. The annual number of concerts nearly tripled at this time, from 13 in 1921 to 37 in 1922. Over its hundred-year history, the school has continued to grow in size, professionalism and activity, offering 60 concerts in 1953/54, 152 in 1988/89, and more than 250 in 2011/12.

1928 saw the chartering of the Carnegie Tech chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity (Alpha Omega chapter). Prior to this, men’s musical activities were sponsored almost entirely by a local honorary fraternity for music students known as the Clef Club.  The Phi Mu Alpha chapter immediately held a song contest to “secure new college songs for Carnegie,” resulting in the composition of “The Skibo Song”. The vice-president of the Alpha Omega chapter in its first year was Paul W. Koch, who subsequently served for many years as the organist/choir director at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh.

In 1929, five female music students organized a music club at Carnegie Institute of Technology, which soon became a chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) music sorority. The Alpha Mu Chapter, with an initial membership of fifteen, was installed at the college on May 16, 1930. SAI is still a vital and vibrant part of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.