George B. Loomis

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George B. Loomis was an American music teacher who began teaching in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1866. He was recommended for the position by Lowell Mason, a prestigious American music educator, and worked for several years without instructional materials. In response to this void, he created Loomis' Progressive Music Lessons, a series of texts widely used in Indiana and surrounding states during the late 19th century.[1] He later became the first superintendent of music in the Indianapolis system.[2]

Loomis was also one of the charter members of the Indiana Music Teachers Association, founded in 1877, one of the first such organizations in the country.[3]

George B. Loomis Elementary School in Indianapolis is named after him.


  • Birge, Edward Bailey (2007). History of Public School Music - In the United States. ISBN 1-4067-5617-2. 
  • Indiana Historical Commission (1929). Indiana History Bulletin. Indiana Historical Bureau. 


  1. ^ Birge, pg. 95
  2. ^ Indiana Historical Commission
  3. ^ Birge, pg. 97

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