Ishmael Spicer was born in Bozrah, Connecticut. He founded the first singing school at the Court House in Baltimore in November 1789, basing the curriculum using a teaching system advocated by Andrew Adgate. Tuition was set at $2.50 per quarter and the school was successful for multiple years.
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- http://www.voxnovus.com/resources/American_Composer_Timeline.htm American Composer Timeline
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- Early Concert-life in America (1731-1800) ByOscar George Theodore Sonneck, Published 1907 Breitkopf & Härtel Music
- Psalmody and Secular Songs By Timothy Swan, Nym Cooke. Published 1997 A-R Editions, Inc. Psalmody, ISBN 0-89579-383-0
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