KMEA Hall of Fame
Frank A. Beach
Inducted in 1975
Frank A. Beach was born in Weedsport, New York in 1871. He studied at Syracuse University and took a bachelor's degree from The University of Michigan in 1895. After studying in Paris, he took a position at the Kansas State Normal School in 1908. He remained at Emporia until his death in 1935. He was active in the music appreciation movement and was one of the first to teach music listening with recording. He originated state-wide music contests at Emporia in 1915 and he authored the first standardized test in music achievement in 1920. He was president of the Music Supervisors National Conference in 1922 and wrote numerous articles in professional journals. He is cited in The New Grove Dictionary of American Music and is a member of the MENC Hall of Fame.