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Posted By: Nettie Mae (email)
Date: 4/19/2021 at 17:05:31

From The Clinton Age, Dec. 24, 1869, Page 8. (This is actually supposed to be an advertisement, I think, but I feel it is a pretty good biography as well.)

MUSIC TEACHING IN CLINTON -- For a long time this City has felt the need of an experienced teacher of music -- we speak particularly of vocal music.--There is as much musical talent in this city as in other places of the same population, but for some reason this talent has not, except in rare instances, been properly cultivated. One reason has been the absence of a teacher in whose ability the public could have confidence; but we are glad to know that this reason no longer exists.
A few months ago Mr. F. V. Streeter came to Clinton and made his announcements as a teacher of vocal and instrumental music. He has now been here long enough, and his skill as a teacher has been practically tested in so many various ways, that Mr. Streeter may be set down as a success in our city -- being near what our people wanted in his profession, as could be reasonably asked. This need not be wondered at when it is known that Mr. Streeter has devoted almost his whole life to the study of vocal and instrumental music, having studied under several of the best masters of the day, among whom we might mention the names of Mason, Emerson, Billings, Fuller, Bishop, Whittemore, Black, Schuster and Wilson. For several years he was also a member of several of the leading societies of New York City, and frequently was assigned to conduct and manage the same.
For the past fourteen years, with the exception of a portion of three years during the latter part of the war, when he was in the army as First Lieut. of the 17th New York Battery, Mr. Streeter has been engaged in teaching music, selling and tuning pianos &c. For three years he has taught vocal and instrumental music, musical schools and musical conventions in Western New York, where he met with the most flattering success. He has taught in Rochester, Macedon, Albion, Medina, Shelby, Lockport and Buffalo in New York state. In all these places his classes were the very largest and always gave the utmost satisfaction.
For two years and a half he resided in Chicago, and was engaged in teaching music schools, holding musical conventions and attending the sale of musical instruments. During the past summer his entire time has been devoted to his profession, in this state, where he has met with the most excellent success, recieving words of encouragement at al the points where he either taught or held conventions. In several of the towns on the N. W. R. R. he has held conventions and with the most favorable results.
Mr. Streeter is also the author of several fine pieces of music, some of which we mentioned here in these columns a few weeks ago. He will soon have ready for sale two or three splendid songs and instrumental pieces.
Mr. Streeter has now in successful operation at the Music Hall of Roney & Streeter, two large classes in vocal music. One of these classes is for beginners and the other is for advanced pupils. Both classes are being made pleasant and profitable to all who participate. -- There is room for more scholars, and other will be received for the present class if application is made soon.
Every family in Clinton is interested in having Mr. Strreter remain in our city. To remain, of course, he must meet with the necessary patronage. -- For the brief time he has been in our midst, we understand that he has succeeded in fully as well as he anticipated.
Next week we will have something to say about his business as a dealer in musical instruments.


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