For anyone interested in rural music education research here’s a brief bibliography that could serve as a starting point for background readings.
Cappaert, seek Thomas (2004). Member 2 Member: Outreach—Introducing Strings to a Rural Town in Latin America. American String Teacher 54:2, 53-54.
Cooper, Shelly (2005). Marguerite V. Hood and Music Education Radio Broadcasts in Rural Montana (1937-39). Journal of Research in Music Education 53:4, 295-307.
Dunbar, Julie (1995). The Impact of Federal Education Policy on Rural Music Programs: Evidence from Wisconsin Farm Communities, Dialogue in Instrumental Music Education 19:2, 46-59.
Hunt, Catherine (2009). Perspectives on Rural and Urban Music Teaching: Developing Contextual Awareness in Music Education. Journal of Music Teacher Education 18:2, 34-47.
Isbell, Daniel (2005). Music Education in Rural Areas: A Few Keys to Success.Music Educators Journal 92:2, 30-34.
Lee, William R. (1997). Music Education and Rural Reform, 1900-1925.Journal of Research in Music Education 45:2, 306-26.
Mountz, S. W. (1901). Music in Rural Districts and Small Towns. Music 20:1, 201.
Rottsolk, Rebecca (2002). Repertoire & Standards Committee Reports: Children’s Choirs—Reaching Out to Your Community: Taking the Chorus to the Child; Choral Music Classroom: Singing in Rural Settings—A Partnership Model. Choral Journal 42:10, 49-50.
Shand, Patricia. Teaching Canadian Music in a Rural Setting. The Canadian Music Educator 48:3, 19-20.
Wilcox, Ella (2005). It All Depends on You: A Music Educator Who Won’t Quit. Teaching Music 12:4, 26-31.