Hazel Gertrude Kinscella, 1893-1960 [RG2602.AM]


RG2602.AM:  Hazel Gertrude Kinscella, 1893-1960

Papers:  1918-1939, n.d.

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.:  Music educator; composer

Size:  1.0 cu.ft.; 2 boxes


Born in Nora Springs, Iowa, Hazel Gertrude Kinscella obtained a primary and secondary education in the public school of that city. In 1912 and 1913 she studied piano with Raphael Joseffry in New York City. From the University School of Music, Lincoln, Nebraska, she received B. of Music and A.M. degrees in 1916 and 1928. In 1928 she received the B.F.A. and in 1931 the A.B. degree from the University of Nebraska. She received an A.M. degree from Columbia University in 1934 and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1941. Her teaching career includes positions as major instructor in piano, University School of Music, Lincoln, Nebraska; professor of music at the University of Nebraska; and lecturer on American music at the University of Washington. As the originator of the Kinscella method of teaching piano in public schools, she lectured and demonstrated her system extensively in this country and abroad.

The many organizations of which she was a member include: Nebraska Writers Guild; Writers Guild of America; Nebraskana Society; Phi Beta Kappa; Nebraska State Teachers Association; and the Presbyterian Church. She is the author (or arranger) of many compositions including: First Steps for the Young Pianist (followed by the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th steps), 1919-1926; Veolocity Studies for the Young Pianist, 1924; In Chinatown, 1934; Psalm 150, Our Prayer, 1934; Folk Tune Trios, 1934; and Liberty’s Island, 1946. In addition, she is the author of Music Appreciation Readers (6 books), 1926-1927; a correspondence course in piano pedagogy, 1918; and more than sixty professional articles.


This collection relates to varied phases of Kinscella’s career, but particularly to music education, her primary interest. The collection is divided into six series: 1) Manuscripts; 2) Notes; 3) Published Music Arranged or Composed by Kinscella; 4) Printed Matter; 5) Sheet Music; and 6) Music Rolls for Player Piano.

Note:  See also the photo component [RG2602.PH] for related images. See the NSHS Library Catalog for published materials by Hazel Kinscella.


Series 1 – Manuscripts

Box 1

“Johann Sebastian Bach – the Cuthen Period,” 7 p., typewritten

“Silent Night, Holy Night,” 9 p., typed

“In the Land of Silent Night,” 9 p. typed

“Fill your Garden with Flowers at All Times of the Year by Growing Bulbs,” 11 p., typed

“To Have Flowers at All Times of the Year, Grow Bulbs,” 6 p., typed

“Sacajawea, the Bird Woman,” 11 p., typed

“Eating at Sea,” 7 p., typed

“Ellie: Her Book,” Introduction and chapter one; 10 p., typed

Miscellaneous verse

Series 2 – Notes

“Musical Drama. Professor Grumann (?),” undated

Series 3 – Published Music Composed or Arranged by Hazel Gertrude Kinscella

First Steps For the Young Pianist, 1919

Third Steps for the Young Pianist, 1921

Two Melodies, 1921

Ten Little Pieces, 1921

Ten Little Duets, 1922

Ten Tiny Tunes, 1922-1923

Velocity Studies, 1924

Sixth Steps for the Young Pianist, 1926

In Chinatown, 1933

Indian Sketches, 1934

Hurdy-Gurdy Serenade, 1935

Choral Compositions, 1935

Folk Tune Trios, 1935

Yea, Though I Walk Through the Valley, 1936

Skippy’s March, 1937

Graded Classics, 1937

Series 4 – Printed Matter

Correspondence course in piano pedagogy, 1918, by Hazel Gertrude Kinscella

Pamphlets and articles concerning “The Kinscella Method”

Clippings, 1939 and undated, etc.

Bibliography prepared by NSHS, 8 p.

Series 5 – Sheet Music

Box 2

Miscellaneous, none by Kinscella

Series 6 – Music Rolls for Player Piano

Ten Little Pieces, 2 rolls

Ding Dong Bell, Village Dance, Evening Song, A Jolly Time, The Merry Shepherd, 1 roll

Minuetto-Scarlatti, Allegro-Hayden, Variations-Beethoven, 1 roll



Educators — Nebraska — Lincoln

Kinscella, Hazel Gertrude, 1893-1960

Music — Study and teaching

Piano — Study and teaching

Teachers — Nebraska — Lincoln


L. Willmore/js   08-03-1964

Encoded TMM   05-19-2010

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