There is no historical or geographical limit on what can be covered. There is no restriction on the style or genre of song or singing.
As European art music began to be challenged by jazz, musically influential women devised ways to cultivate “a taste for ‘good’ music in children.”
By 1914 the NACWC had 50,000 members. Their motto, “Lifting as We Climb,” was worked into songs performed regularly at meetings. It reverberates to this day.
Just over a century ago, there was a concerted effort by contralto Alice Louise Mertens and composer-pianist Lola Carrier Worrell, and others, to champion American women composers.
In founding the American Song Composers’ Festival, Grace Porterfield Polk intended, single-handedly, to spur the development of American song.