John Hassler - Pioneer Musician of Central Utah

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 08
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1976
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325605
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Title John Hassler - Pioneer Musician of Central Utah
Description cut a cord in his leg which resulted in his being a cripple and using a cane for the rest of his life. In 1900, Mr. Hassler's health began to fail, and he gave up the strenuous and tiring work of travel and music teaching and started to do limited farm and dairy work on the homestead he had filed on previously. His knowledge of farming up to that time was quite limited. He owned a team of horses, one a larger horse and the other a smaller one. He desired to give the small horse the advantage on the double-tree, but he gave it to the large horse instead. Upon being told of the fact, he replied, "Oh no! The big horse the long end and the little horse the short end." Clair W. Reid, prominent musician, formerly of Manti, was a student of Mr. Hassler's and gave the author a very vivid description of John Hassler, which follows: "When I was a child, it was customary for students to go to the Hassler home and board and room there for periods of intensive music study. Many students went from different towns in the valley, among whom were John J. McClellen, Anthony Lund, and myself. There would be four and six students at the home at a time. They would start early in the morning and alternate with lessons and practice periods until each student had three one-hour lessons and had practiced dili-gently for several hours. There were three organs in the home which allowed this plan to be carried out. Out of the above plan of music study grew most of the class methods of instruction which have been carried out in the state since that time. I used the same method at Brigham Young University for twelve years, using several pianos, and hav- ing as many as thirty-two students at one time from all over the western states and Mexico. Other teachers who have used the class method from me directly, and more remotely from John Hassler, are Clarence Hawkins of the music fac-ulty at Utah University; Elmer Nelson of Brigham Young University; Arlene Cluff Simmons; Sam Williams and his brothers in Price; and Hugh Dougall. -68-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 8
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 325558
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