Donald Carey Interview, October 31, 1990


Donald Carey


Elizabeth Rice, Charlotte Hopper



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Donald Carey, professor in the University of Montana’s School of Music, describes his personal musical philosophy. He discusses the difference between functional music, such as music sung in the home or at church, with music for art’s sake, such as concerts and professional compositions. Carey shares his concerns that in the 1990s music is being used more for commercial purposes rather than to provide a fulfilling aesthetic experience. He also questions whether music education really benefits society if the majority of grade school students stop trying to play music or sing after graduating high school. He concludes by discussing the inevitability that Western musicians will continue to create new forms and types of music and that musical evolution is not static.


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Document Type

Oral History


School of Music, University of Montana; Music education; Choir music; Ethnomusicology; Musical traditions; History of music

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Missoula Musicians Oral History Project, OH 253, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 253-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (10 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:42:38 minutes

Local Filename

OH_253_003.mp3; OH_253_003.pdf

Donald Carey Interview, October 31, 1990