Wisconsin grew alongside the common school movement, leading to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s beginnings as the Eau Claire State Normal School, a teachers’ college. Their K-12 common schools were a way to create a virtuous republican citizen through civic, moral, and religious teaching, arguably desirable by the political elite. Today, many music professionals and educators in the Chippewa Valley Region were trained in Eau Claire, and go on to influence their students or private learners. Family will always be an educator of music, especially in cultural traditions like folk music or as a motivator for higher education.
Cari Dowden, Max Veldran