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Contributed by Barbara Ereshena

The eldest of 4 daughters of Joseph W. Barlow, Betty M. Barlow pioneered in the development of educational music. Her song collections and music plays are widely used for the teaching of foreign languages, English grammar, dental health, science concepts, etc. Other publications for wind instruments and violin have been the outgrowth of her instrumental teaching experience.

*Joseph W. Barlow is the son of John Q. Barlow and Ellen Eels

Betty Barlow McDermott, age 77, died Thursday, October 9th after a long illness. She was born in Orange, New Jersey and had been a resident of Austin since 1980. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Steve McDermott. Survivors include her son, William Schulte of Austin; her sisters, Barbara Borg of Baltimore, Maryland, Frances Latham of Norwalk, Connecticut and Marjorie Barlow of San Angelo, Texas; six nephews and two nieces.

Throughout her life Betty was dedicated to sharing her gift of music with others. She began her formal music education, age 15, at the Oberlin college Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio, culminating her studies with a Masters Degree. She was a public school music educator in East Hampton, Long Island, New York, a violin teacher as well as a performer, and a composer publishing 17 music books of violin music and musicals for elementary school age children, using her maiden name, Betty Barlow. In Austin she was a charter member of the Silver Strings, a group of retired people who give concers for churches and other groups in the community. Betty arranged music and original pieces for this oganization. She was also a member of the Wednesday Morning Music Club, music teacher organizations, and supported the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Lyric Opera.

Betty was an active member of Faith Presbyterian Church who will be remembered for her interest in the Women of the Church Circle as a member and Bible Study Leader. For many years she prepared the elements for communion and the candles  burning each  Sunday  on the communion

table. She played her violin for special occasions and spent several years in a church outreach program teaching an adult to read. Her special talent for editing was utilized in the publishing of the Faith Presbyterian Church 25th Anniversary Cook Book.

A memorial service honoring Betty McDermott's life will be held at Faith Presbyterian Church, 1314 E. Oltorf at 3:00 p.m., October 18, 1997. Rev. Lou Snead will lead this service and the Silver Strings, as a special tribute to Betty, will perform special music.

Betty M. Barlow Resume

E B.S.M. Oberlin college (instrumental and vocal music education
M.A. New York University (music education)
Graduate work at many other institutions including two years of Suzuki violin teaching methods at Louise Behrend's School For Strings in New York City.
Extensive teaching experience in the public schools as a band, orchestra and chorus director plus many years of private teaching as a Suzuki violin specialist.
Published Works:  
  Educational Music Publications:
  Music Plays:
The Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings - Willis 1960
The Case of the Missing Part of Speech - Shawnee 1969
The Revolt of the Foolish Molar - Shawnee 1976
Once Around the Sun - Wide World Music 1985
  Foreign Language Books and Recordings:
Hola! Vamos a Cantar - Shawnee 1966
Salu! Nous Allons Chanter - Shawnee 1972
  Original Song Collections:
Do-It-Yourself Songs - Shawnee 1964
Halloween Parade - Shawnee 1977
Rounds in Rhythm - Wide World Music 1984
Cowboy Partners - Wide World Music 1982
  String Collections:
Violin Pieces / Country Style - Amsco 1977
Fiddle Tunes for the Violinist - Amsco 1977
Easiest Violin Duets For Christmas, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 - Shirmer 1979
Easy Baroque Duets For the Violin - Summy-Birchard 1984
(listed with Suzuki supplementary materials)
  Wind Instrument Books:
First Flute Pieces
First Clarinet Pieces
First Trumpet Pieces all: Amsco 1977
  Multi-Media Kit for Music Reading Readiness (Early Childhood):
Music Time (with Benedict and Farmer) 1981 Wide World Music
  Music Plays (continued):
Dinosaur Valley - Wide World Music 1987
Memberships: ASCAP
American String Teachers Association
Internation Suzuki Association
Kappa Delta Pi (Honor Society in Education)
Music Educators National Conference
Suzuki Association of the Americas
Texas Music Educators Association

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