KMEA Hall of Fame
Catharine Strouse
Inducted in 1978
Catharine Strouse was born in Naperville, Illinois in 1878. She took a bachelor's degree from the Minnesota State Normal School in Winona and her master's from Northwestern University. She taught at Manitowoc and later at Wausaw, Wisconsin before joining the faculty at the Kansas State Normal School (now Emporia State University), where she taught from 1910 to 1949. She served as president of KMEA and of the Southwestern Division of MENC. She was one of the first people in the country to teach music by radio. She was the author of the Radio Classroom musical series in four volumes and has published books and articles on music and music education. She served as guest lecturer at the University of California and at the University of Wisconsin.