• Advertisement - Bradley: A Philosophy of Education through Music

      A pamphlet advertisement for the Bradley Organization. In the advertisement, it states that this is the "forty-first anniversary of this world-wide music education research organization."
    • Advertisements - Harold Bradley School of Music, 1948, 1949, n.d.

      1948, 1949
      An assortment of Harold Bradley Institute of Music advertisements. Some are dated 1948, 1949, others have no visible date.
    • Article - "World Famous Musicians Teach At Harold Bradley School of Music"

      An article about the work at the Harold Bradley School. It also mentions the addition of Deryck Aird to the staff as a director of the department of violin.
    • 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.
    • Bradley Concerts Pamphlet

      A concert pamphlet that includes several comments from newspaper reviews. One example is from The Buffalo Courier-Express, "Mr. Bradley's tremendous technical equipment, his skill in effective contrasts, and the singing beauty of his lyric passages were notable features...a dramatic sweep and torrential onrush that was most imposing...those who heard him play were most enthusiastic over his artistry."
    • The Bradley Institute - Brief History

      The Bradley Institute (2000)
      The brief history discusses the founding of the institute in 1930 by Isidor Philipp and Harold Bradley up to the seventieth anniversary in the year 2000. Also mentioned, is the age of the participants, "the age level of the students continued to drop and under the leadership of Grace Barnes (now the senior member and president) babies as young as six days old were brought into the work. Pitch and rhythm exist before language and provide an ideal medium for the development of the necessary life-skills, physical, mental, and emotional."
    • Bradley Institute Building 1984-2006

      A photograph of the exterior of the Bradley Institute at its 4687 Queen Street location in Niagara Falls. The Bradley Institute purchased the building in 1984 and remained there until 2006.
    • Deryck Aird Brief Biography for Bradley Institute For Music Education Research Limited

      Bradley Institute for Music Education Research Limited (1986)
      A brief biography of Deryck Aird, one of the directors of the institute. The biography mentions that "In 1950 he began a lifetime friendship with the famous Canadian pianist, Harold Bradley, and became involved in a music education project with him and other musicians which has evolved today into an organization known as the Bradley Institute for Music Education Research Limited."
    • 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.
    • Graduation Program, 1961

      Niagara Falls Collegiate-Vocational Institute (1961-11-17)
      The program lists Harold Bradley as the speaker for the graduating class. The program also lists the awards, one is called "The Harold Bradley Medal" which is given to "the student achieving the highest average on nine papers in Grade XIII examinations and the year's work on the same nine papers, the examinations and the years work being counted in equal proportion."
    • Hermes Club Program, Invitation and Article, March 1940

      There is an invitation/advertisement for the concert of Harold Bradley on March 5th, 1940 St. Patrick's Hall in Niagara Falls. Also included is a program and a newspaper article describing the evening in March. The article reads: "Both the main floor of the auditorium and the balcony were filled with enthusiastic listeners, and as Mr. Bradley made his entrance on the concert stage and seated himself at the concert grand piano, a thunder of applause met him. As the program progressed, enthusiasm rose to unlimited bounds. His tremendous technical equipment, his skill in effective contrast, and the singing beauty of his lyric passages were notable features long to be remembered in the performance."
    • Letter - Isidor Philipp to Grace Barnes, 1957

      Philipp, Isidor (1957-12-22)
      A letter to Grace Barnes from Isidor Philipp. In the letter Philipp discusses a student coming from Hungary, "It is excellent for Harold to have an interesting pupil coming from Hungary from where many talented are coming to Paris. They are proud, thinking that the 'Budapest conservatory' is the best in the world..."
    • Letter - Isidor Philipp to Harold Bradley, 1954

      Philipp, Isidor (1954)
      A letter from Isidor Philipp to Harold Bradley. The letter includes condolences to Bradley who had recently lost his father.
    • Locations of the Bradley Institute

      Barnes, Grace (n.d.)
      A summary of the several moves of the Bradley Institute, beginning with Bradley's teaching from his parents home on Victoria Avenue in Niagara Falls, to there final destination 4687 Queen Street, Niagara Falls.
    • 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 - "The Association of Science"

      A manuscript describing the relationship between "science, medicine, psychology, philosophy and education, with music". The paper discusses a new method to musical education: "By 1935 the piano program had reached a stage where it was said to be the first alliance of science and music in an employable form for music education,and while it took nearly a generation to gather and process sufficient data to be accepted as evidence in the affiliated areas, the results year by year became increasingly convincing."
    • 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 - PreSchool Program

      Barnes, Grace (n.d.)
      The manuscript discusses the development of preschool programs at the Bradley Institute. Barnes mentions "The child up to the age of five and a half years lives in world of sound, and the sensitivity of all children to sound up to this age seems fantastic. As we studied this each succeeding experience seemed unbelievable. Now we simply accept it as a matter of course. When you stop to think that the young child expresses nearly all of its experiences in sound, it is not difficult to understand. When you consider abstracts such as good, bad, hot and cold are merely sounds to a child you can readily see that the world of sound is their world."