Book Shelves and a Painting of Stephen Foster in the Center for American Music

For Teachers

University and College Professors

The Center for American Music is happy to host classes in our library and museum and to provide materials to exhibit and utilize during your class time. If the library and museum are too small for your needs, we can also arrange to have materials transferred to the University of Pittsburgh's Special Collections Reading Room or the Archives Service Center on Thomas Boulevard to better accommodate you.

K-12 Teachers

The Center for American Music offers a variety of tools geared toward teachers. The first is our curriculum support guide, Voices Across Time, which allows secondary teachers to integrate historic American music into their classrooms. In addition to the curriculum support guide, we also offer bi-annual five-week summer teaching institutes to instruct teachers in the program techniques. For more information, visit our Voices Across Time website.

We also have lesson plans based on concepts in Stephen Foster's music. The following lesson plans use historic American Music from the Center's collections:

Contact Us

Center for American Music
Stephen Foster Memorial
University of Pittsburgh
4301 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Starting August 23, 2021, the Center for American Music Library and Stephen Foster Museum will be open by appointment only.

To request access, please send us a request at least 48 hours in advance.

You do not have to be affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh to use the Collection. 

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