From 1928-1942, Walter Damrosch
hosted the Music Appreciation Hour
, a National Broadcasting Company
radio series that offered lectures on classical music aimed at students.
The show was broadcast during school hours, and teachers were provided textbooks and worksheets by the network.
The show was part of a broader mid-20th-century movement to popularize serious music.
- Joseph Horowitz, Understanding Toscanini—How He Became an American Culture–God and Helped Create a New Audience for Old Music (Knopf, 1987)
- Theodor W. Adorno, "Analytical Study of the NBC 'Music Appreciation Hour.'" Unpublished manuscript. 1938-40. The Musical Quarterly 78:2 (Summer 1994): 325-377.