• Autobiography Harold Bradley

      Bradley, Harold (n.d.)
      Three pages of Bradley's autobiographical manuscript. The document describes from his early education, undergraduate work, studies with Philipp, to the Bradley Institute for Music Education Research.
    • Description of Work at Bradley Institute

      Bradley, Harold (n.d.)
      Typewritten notes on the work done at the Bradley Institute. The first part of the document discusses the work of Isidor Philipp and his early career. As the document continues, Bradley begins to discuss the kinds of philosophies of "piano-hand" they are working on at the Institute. He remarks on the type of instruction teachers offer today, "This work makes no attempt to recommend or repudiate any so-called 'system' of piano instruction. It will, however richly reward any teacher of piano who will take the trouble to separate the wheat from the chaff. Consider very carefully those 'easy-methods' hailed as revolutionary new ways of learning the piano. They are saying 'this is not Chopin's way, this is Mr. So-and-So's way! ' A little thought should convince anyone that there could not be a new or better way to play Beethoven. It would be just as ridiculous to advertise a new and better way to paint Raphael."
    • Draft Pamphlet for Teachers

      Bradley, Harold (n.d.)
      A draft copy of a pamphlet created for teachers. One portion of the draft reads "Within the music programs the teacher will see the work of psychologists, physiologists, scientists, psychiatrists and distinguished musicians, and be able at all times to observe the actual working of classes with children of all ages (nine days the youngest as yet). The successful teacher of the future must be not only aware of progress in a constantly changing world but must be part of that progress and be in a position where he can contribute to it as well."
    • Graduation Address to Niagara Falls Collegiate-Vocational Intitute, 1961

      Bradley, Harold (1961)
      The address give by Harold Bradley to the graduating class of the Niagara Falls Collegiate-Vocational Institute in 1961. Also, there is an accompanying article which discusses the accomplishments of Bradley's lengthy career.
    • Manuscript - "I began University at the age of Sixteen"

      Bradley, Harold (n.d.)
      The manuscript focuses on the early University education of Harold Bradley. It discusses his time studying with Isidor Philipp and the many other influences in his early music education. He remarks on the connection between music, math, science, philosophy and literature. He also discusses how he sees fault with the education system and the focus on fun instead of hard work.
    • Manuscript - For Parents "The Evil of Music Lessons"

      Bradley, Harold (n.d.)
      A manuscript by Harold Bradley that discusses the types of musical education and focuses on the practice of having children take music lessons. For example, Bradley states "You do not want your child to be a musician. This is something over which you will have little control. Fundamentally, all children love music and love to perform. If you are an exceptional parent you may be able to withstand the blandishments of the teacher who tells you how talented your child is. But what about the child? How long do you think it takes before he is convinced? Not very long. Everything is in the music teacher's favor. If you are a sensible parent you are not going to convince your child at home that she is a genius, neither will the child learn this at school from her teachers there. To the child it is only the music teacher who is able to recognize her talent."
    • Manuscript - The Pre-School Age Child

      Bradley, Harold (n.d.)
      The manuscript discusses the program offered at the Bradley Institute for young children. The manuscript reads: "The child comes into the world compounded of the softest, most malleable of materials physical, mental, and spiritual, materials which are going to be shaped according to whatever influences life brings to bear. The first step in a positive approach then is quite obvious, the selection of good influences."
    • Musical Truth - A Heritage of Artistic Integrity

      Bradley, Harold (n.d.)
      A handwritten document outlining the "story of the Bradley Organization" and "the story of the history of music teaching, which, for practical purposes, began with Frederic Chopin who deeded this legacy to his pupil Mathias, from whom it was inherited by his pupil Philipp, who in turn with his pupil Harold Bradley founded in Paris in 1930 the first music education research program. Its meaning and purpose are described in the following pages."
    • The School Must Make Friends with the Public

      Bradley, Harold (The School, Secondary Edition, Ontario College of Education, December 1943, p 290., 1943-12)
      Bradley discusses the importance of educators meeting with community members (parents). He mentions that the opportunity to form a communicative relationship with families can begin in the first grade and that this is something that is owed to the community in the same way as private schools. He states "Let the home and school association further strengthen the relationship between the teachers and its parent members, but let us not expect it to keep traffic moving back and forth across streams where there is no bridge."