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Maudell Gentry Baker was born on August 25, 1913, in Henrietta, Texas, where the family lived on a farm. As a pianist, she earned the first Bachelor of Music degree offered at what is now the University of North Texas, graduating in 1934. A Denton Record-Chronicle article from May 30, 1934 noted that "The degree was authorized five years ago, but the requirements for it were so rigid that not until this spring were they fully completed by a student." While at North Texas, she studied piano with Mary Anderson and performed with Floyd "'Fessor" Graham and pianist Mrs. W.R. Vivrett Jr., among others, and she was elected to the Kappa Delta Pi honor society. After graduating, she taught in the Fort Worth school district and later lived in Nocona and in Paris, Texas, but spent much of her life in Gainesville, Texas after marrying Hank Baker. She continued teaching piano and organ, authored instructional materials for teaching music to very young children, and played piano for the Grand Avenue Baptist Church and the Gainesville State School. She was also an avid painter, painting scenes from nature and ranch life in Texas in watercolor and oil, and teaching lessons. Maudell Baker died in Gainesville, Texas on June 28, 2019 at the age of 105.
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The collection consists of two boxes of materials related to Maudell Baker's life and career.
Buffalo, New York: Montgomery Music Inc.
"Mozart Music Book" brand, lableled for Piano II for Virginia Johnson, Frances Vick, and Beverly Frailey. Contains handwritten excerpts and arrangements for instruction by Maudell Gentry.
Treble: Every Good Boy Does Fine; Face Bass: Great Big Dogs Fight Animals; All Cows Eat Grass.
College-level instruction and pedagogy materials. Detached page in Box 2, Folder 22.
Plastic comb-bound manuscript. Includes Offertory by Marlene Baker.
Black ballpoint ink.
Illustrations in pencil.
Pages numbered beginning with 47, but out of order.
Pages numbered 20, 21, and 1 through 69.
Photocopies of manuscript. First page numbered 55A.
A Course of Study for Bible School, Sunday School, Nursery School by Marie Tyson and Maudell Baker. Foreword by Phillip T. Card, Educational Director, First Baptist Church, Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Single typed sheet of short words that can be spelled using only A, B, C, D, E, F, and G.
Revised and fingered by Rafael Joseffy. New York: G. Schirmer, Inc., 1915. Inscribed "Maudell Gentry '33 + '34," likely used on degree recital. Taped together with Anton Rubenstein, Kamenoi Ostrow, Portrait in F# (New York: G. Schirmer, 1936).
Edited and revised by Rafael Joseffy. New York: G. Schirmer, 1909. Inscribed "Maudell Gentry '33," and likely used on degree recital.
First page is numbered 23.
"Masterpiece Series" brand, labeled for Maudell Gentry, NTSTC (North Texas State Teachers College). Last page includes metronome markings and dates. Includes various keyboard excercises, including stretching excercises by Isador Philipp.
Pages numbered, but out of order.
Labeled on back of folder. Tab is labeled "123."
"Original." Hand-illustrated with color.
Bound by two rings.
Set of small prints of Baker's oil paintings of western and ranch scenes, packaged for sale.
Black binder, spine reinforced with duct tape. Contents include "Music for Tonight" by Don Gillis, "Wedding Prayer" by Fern Glasgow Dunlap (medium voice; New York: G. Schirmer, 1947, plate number 41378, photocopies of other wedding music for piano and organ.
Narrow green binder, primarily containing manuscripts and photocopies of Christmas songs, with original sheet music for Gesu Bambino (Pietro A. Yon, arranged by Bernice Frost), Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (simplified), I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, and Up on the Housetop.
Ring-bound copy of beginner's piano book for young children.
Early piano book for children. Printed illustrations painted by hand.
New York: G. Schirmer, Inc. Inscribed "Maudell Gentry '33 + '34."
Explanatory note attached, presumably by Maudell Baker's brother.
Ring-bound, hand-illustrated piano instruction book for very young beginning piano students.
Assorted photocopies of manuscripts and printed music, arranged from very basic to early-intermediate. Teal binder.
Easy piano arrangements, photocopied from manuscripts. "Up on the Housetop" and additional instructional piece included at end. White binder with "to give out" label under plastic cover.
Ring-bound booklet of copies of manuscript; introduction suggests activities with a felt fabric board with movable notes. Includes copy of article "Some Whys, Hows, and Whats of Preschool Piano" by Ann Collins (The American Music Teacher, April/May, 1985, pages 13-14), with handwritten comment "This is it."
Melodies and arrangements of popular, folk, and patriotic songs.
New York: G. Schirmer, Inc. Inscribed "Maudell Gentry T.C. [Teachers College] 1931." Back endpage includes illustration in pencil by Bill Ardis.
New York: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Manila folder of manuscript arrangements of hymns, notated in pencil.
Manila folder with photocopies of music manuscripts. Front of folder says "Popular level 1 1/2 - 2."
Manila folder of assorted music manuscripts. Includes set of quotations by Milton, Shakespeare, Seneca, Tennyson, and others.
Manila folder; pages within reinforced on construction paper. Arranged from instructional pieces labeled as Grades 2 through 3, with works by Chopin, Mendelssohn, Franck, and Vladimir Padwa, among others, at the end of the folder.
Enclosed in separated sides of a manila folder. Manuscripts and copies of printed music.
Published sheet music with illustrated cover. New York: Hill and Range Songs. Word and music by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins.
Copies of manuscripts in hand-illustrated cover.
3"x5" color photos depict Maudell Baker and young students. One is dated May 3, 2009. Business card is for the Heritage Brass Band of Mesquite, Texas.
Brittle page from a 2-ring biner listing prominent pianists, organists, and composers: Wagner, Weber, Wieck, Weidig, Widor, J. Williams, and von Wilm.