The Story of
A JUNIOR COLLEGE, PREPARATORY SCHOOL AND CONSERVATORY
OF MUSIC FOR YOUNG WOMEN • • • NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
JLhis book is simply to introduce you to Ward-
Belmont. For the most part it is a series of
pictures and impressions. It can only suggest
some of those vital, fundamental things that are
the heart of the Ward-Belmont — the friendli-
ness, happiness and health on the campus; the
atmosphere that surrounds the students at work
and play; the purposes and spirit that pervade
the school; the home background of the stu-
dents; the character and personality of the
faculty, staff and administration; the high scho-
lastic standards of the school and the enviable
records its graduates make at senior colleges
and universities. Insight into the real spirit of
Ward-Belmont can be had only by a visit. This
we cordially invite you to make.
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THE STDHY OF WARD-BELMONT
ard-Belmont is rich in her heritage of ideals and tra-
ditions from Ward's Seminary, founded in 1865, and
from Belmont College, established in 1890. Both these
institutions deserved the fine reputations they bore. Each
realized that education at its best is a steady, even growth
and that much more is accordingly concerned than ac-
quiring a few superficial skills. Both wished to touch and
cultivate those deep-seated attitudes, loves, and hopes that
shape our soul and color our innermost thoughts.
While the union of Ward's Seminary and Belmont
College in 1913 as Ward-Belmont resulted in enriched
purposes and more abundant facilities, the two dominant
aims of the older institutions have continued to abide.
The first was to encourage a permanent love and respect
for sound learning by providing courses of study based on
the best in literature, science, music and the other arts. The
second was to foster an equally permanent love for gentle,
gracious living. These purposes are reflected in the aca-
demic buildings, Acklen Hall, the dormitories, Club Village
and the campus surroundings. All bespeak a fine academic
and social tradition of more than three generations. The
atmosphere is friendly and hospitable and encourages dig-
nity and respect for all good things.
Nashville, located in the hills of Middle Tennessee and
readily accessible by plane and railroad, has long been
known as a city of education and culture. It is an ideal
home for students. Within a few minutes walk of the
campus is the nationally recognized University Center,
composed of Vanderbilt University with its college and
various professional schools, George Peabody College and
Scarritt College for Christian Workers.
In addition to the Artist Series presented in the school
auditorium and the Community Concerts programs, there
is the Nashville Civic Music Association which sponsors
the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra
and the Choral Society. Also, Ward-Belmont students
enjoy the numerous other concerts, plays and lectures that
are presented during the season.
Art students are always particularly interested in the
exact replica of the Parthenon in nearby Centennial Park.
To the west of the school lies Belle Meade, for many years
one of the South's most celebrated stock farms. It is now
a beautiful residential suburb of Nashville. The Hermitage,
the home of Andrew Jackson, is twelve miles to the east.
There are many monuments and places of historical
In this environment Ward-Belmont offers a full and
satisfying school life where the more formal studies, music
and the fine arts, sports and social life, all receive their
proper attention. The setting of the school and its rich
historic background attract many visitors to the campus
throughout the year. The Registrar is happy to welcome
guests at any time.
In the course of the years more than twenty-five thousand
women in the United States and foreign countries have
attended Ward-Belmont. Many of them have become
famous in music, drama, art, literature, education and the
professions. There are many active alumnae clubs through-
out the country.
Ward-Belmont is comprised of the Junior College, the
Preparatory School, the Conservatory of Music and the
Schools of Art and Dancing. The academic standards are
uniformly high. The College and Preparatory School are
members of the Southern Association of Colleges and
Secondary Schools. The College is also a member of the
American Association of Junior Colleges. The Conservatory
is a junior college member of the National Association
of Schools of Music; and the School of Art holds a chapter
membership in the American Federation of Arts. Grad-
uates enter the leading senior colleges, universities, con-
servatories and art schools and make enviable records.
Classes are small and the program of each student is
carefully planned in the light of the senior college, uni-
versity, or professional school to be attended later. Thus
the school offers a sound academic program in surround-
ings that reflect a fine tradition, both academic and social.
The courses of study are varied and many different
combinations are possible. A majority of the students elect
to take one of the more strictly academic programs com-
posed of English, foreign languages, science, mathematics,
history and the social sciences, psychology and philosophy.
Others take special work in art, speech, home economics,
secretarial training, or physical education. Some combine
music with the regular college program and receive a
certificate in piano, voice, violin, organ or harp along with
their General Diploma. Still others, who intend to con-
tinue their studies on a professional basis, give their full
time to the Conservatory program. The formal catalogue
of the school, which will be sent upon request, gives full
descriptions of the courses of study.
Ward-Belmont is not a large, cold impersonal institution
with students of widely varying ages, outlooks, and back-
grounds. The students are carefully selected, and the
faculty and staff are chosen because of their fitness for the
particular type of leadership and instruction that the
school fosters. Emphasis is placed on actual teaching —
not research. While predominantly Southern, students
and faculty are a cosmopolitan group and come from some
thirty-eight states and ten foreign countries. Everything
on tne campus — from beautiful Acklen Hall to the playing
fields and unique Club Village — has been carefully planned
for girls. There are unlimited opportunities for pleasant
companionship at a most impressionable age. Girls live,
work and play together simply and naturally.
By means of regular hours, distractions are kept at a
minimum. When work is in order, every student is ex-
pected to devote herself wholeheartedly to her studies.
When studies are done, every student has ample oppor-
tunity to participate in the numerous extra-curricular ac-
tivities, special interest groups and sports.
The school makes an earnest effort to stimulate and
strengthen the impulse toward Christian living. Courses
in Bible and the religions of the world are included in the
curriculum. There is an active Young Women's Christian
Association in which members of the faculty cooperate
with the students. A member of the faculty is director.
The influences of the College and Preparatory Y. W. C. A.
organizations are vital throughout the school. Through
its community service program in the city of Nashville,
students are trained for later work in their own communi-
ties. Devotional services, conducted by clergymen and
other religious leaders, form a regular part of the assembly
programs. The spirit of church loyalty is fostered by each
student attending the church of her choice.
Special Interest Groups
In the course of the years various special interest groups
have been formed under the sponsorship of the faculty.
These groups devote themselves to more informal discus-
sions and activity than are possible in the course
of regular classroom or laboratory instruction. First, there
are the different departmental clubs — art, chemistry,
Spanish, French, German, biology, speech, and home eco-
nomics. Each has its own officers and organization and
its own program of activities for the year. The sponsor
is usually the head of the department. There are also
the special music groups — the Choir and Glee Club; sev-
eral smaller vocal ensembles such as the College Octet
and the Preparatory School Glee Club; the Chamber Music
Society; the Southern Belles, a small chamber music
group; the Music Club; the Captivators, who devote them-
selves to popular dance music; and the honorary music
fraternity, Mu Sigma Phi.
There are also the groups with more general campus
interests. The various Student Government Councils play
important roles all during the year. The Athletic Associa-
tion is campus wide in membership. The Turf and Tan-
bark is the honorary riding club; and the Naiades is the
honorary swimming club. Then there are the students
whose interest is in the publications — the Hyphen, the
weekly campus newspaper; the Milestones, the school an-
nual; the Chimes, the literary magazine; and the Penstaff
Club, for preparatory students who engage in creative
writing. Phi Theta Kappa is the college honorary scho-
lastic fraternity; and the Beta Club is composed of those
preparatory students who are outstanding for their scholar-
ship, citizenship and leadership. The Round Table Club
holds regular dinner meetings where outside guests speak
on current problems, especially international affairs. Also
open forums are conducted. Each class in the College and
Preparatory School has its own officers and organization.
Club Village, composed of the ten houses especially de-
signed for the Ward-Belmont social clubs, is the center of
student life. It is unique in that the best aspects of sorority
life are preserved without its undesirable aspects. The
Clubs are: Anti- Pandora, Twentieth Century, Del Vers,
Tri K, Penta Tau, X. L., Osiron, Agora, A. K. and F. F.
Each has a faculty sponsor. Every house has a large formal
The main part of the Campus is centered about the famous old ante-bellum estate known as "Belmont." The
picture above shows the mansion and its formal gardens as they appeared shortly after 1850. Preserved in
all of its original beauty, the mansion now called Acklen Hall, overlooks the quadrangle.
club room with fireplace, a music room, a game room,
balcony and kitchen, and is fully equipped for all the
various student activities and club entertaining.
After a "rushing" period at the opening of the school year
that provides opportunity for students to get acquainted,
every student becomes a member of one of the Clubs in
Club Village. Meals for special occasions, teas, dances,
week-ends away from school and all kinds of social gather-
ings mark the year's activities. Each club fields a team in
every sport, thus affording school-wide intramural athletic
competition. All Academic and citizenship awards are also
an integral part of club life.
Admission is, of course, selective. Entrance to the College
is based upon the candidate's school record and general
fitness for advanced academic work. This is necessarily the
case because almost all graduates later pursue their studies
in senior colleges and universities. Application is usually
made well in advance of the time the student plans to
enter. Admission to the freshman class is based upon grad-
uation from an approved secondary school, with a mini-
mum of fifteen acceptable units. These should be dis-
tributed principally in the fields of English, foreign
language, history, social sciences, mathematics and science.
The Preparatory School offers the regular four years of
college preparatory high school work. Students who have
completed the eighth grade with good standing are ad-
mitted without examination to the first year class. A stu-
dent who has already attended an approved high school
may apply for advanced standing.
Admission to the Conservatory of Music is based upon
graduation from an approved secondary school, with a
minimum of fifteen acceptable units. Students who are to
take a certificate or diploma in special fields such as piano,
organ, voice, violin, harp, etc., are expected to have a
good foundation in their particular branch of music.
A detailed description of programs of study and indi-
vidual classes is given in the catalogue, a copy of which
will be sent upon request. Early application is advised, for
each is considered in the order received. The necessary
blanks will be sent by the Registrar upon request.
HISTORIC SOUTH FRONT OVERLOOKS THE SPACIOUS QUADRANGLE
PEMBROKE HALL — THE HOME OF THE SENIORS
The main buildings of the school are grouped around
the quadrangle. To the south is the John Diell Blan-
ton Academic Building, pictured above. On the north
are Fidelity, Founders and Acklen Hall, the ante-bel-
lum mansion of the celebrated Belmont Estate. To the
west are Heron, Pembroke and Hail.
The simple beauty and grace of the hanging stair-
way in Acklen Hall recalls the dignity of the Old
South. The stairway and the drawing rooms to
which it leads were the center of the gracious
living of that time. Ward-Belmont students en-
joy their social activities in surroundings reminis-
cent of this tradition.
THE MAIN DRAWING ROOM IN ACKLEN HALL WHERE STUDENTS WELCOME THEIR GUESTS
ONE OF THE SMALLER DRAWING ROOMS IN HISTORIC ACKLEN HALL
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WARD-BELMONT STUDENTS FEEL AT HOME IN THE REALM OF GOOD BOOKS
All departments of Ward-Belmont are fully accredited. This assures
the quality ol the work and successful transfer to a senior college.
university, or lour year conservatory of music. Preparatory School
graduates enter college without examinations, except, of course, at
those institutions where entrance examinations are required of all
applicants. Varied programs lead to the General Junior College Di-
ploma. Special diplomas and certificates are awarded for intensive
study in art, music, speech, home economics and secretarial work. The
library contains over sixteen thousand volumes and a large number
of current periodicals. The "Browsing Room," adjoining the main
library, is an intormal reading room.
ADEQUATE LABORATORIES ARE MAINTAINED FOR THE SCIENCES
ART AT WARD-BELMONT
Any student may become a member of
the Art Club. The Club is affiliated with
the American Federation of Arts and
accordingly has representation at the
annual national convention of the
Federation held in Washington each
May. The Club holds frequent exhibits.
The Conservatory of Music is in a building of its own.
There are numerous practice rooms, two pipe organs, a
music library containing recordings, biographies, the
more important works on the theory and practice of
music, minature scores and ensemble works. The Con-
servatory is a Junior College member of the National
Association of Schools of Music.
WITH THE COOPERATION OF NEARBY SCHOOLS,
OPERETTAS ARE GIVEN. AMONG THE FAVOR-
ITES ARE THOSE OF GILBERT AND SULLIVAN.
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Members of the Conservatory staff sponsor
numerous vocal and instrumental ensembles and
other music groups. Among them are the Glee
Club, Choir, College Octet, Preparatory School
Glee Club, Chamber Music Society, Southern
Belles, Music Club, and the "Captivators," who
provide popular music.
PLAYS, PAGEANTS AND OPERETTAS ARE FREQUENTLY PRESENTED
TO BE CHOSEN "MARTHA" OR "GEORGE" IS A HIGH HONOR
In addition to the regular work in voice and diction,
public speaking, interpretative reading, oral interpre-
tation and acting, the Speech Department sponsors
numerous dramatic productions in the course of the year.
THE SCHOOL OF HANGING
Dancing, the oldest of the arts, plays an im-
portant role at Ward-Belmont. Among the
more popular branches are ballet, character,
toe, plastique, modern and tap.
THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE PREPARATORY SCHOOL IN SESSION.
MEMBERS OF THE BIOLOGY CLUB AT WORK
MANY STUDENTS ENJOY WORKING ON PUBLICATIONS
THE COLLEGE GOVERNING ORGANIZATION MEETS TO DISCUSS STUDENT AFFAIRS
The ten houses in Club Village and their furnishings were
especially designed for club purposes. Each has a spacious
living room with large open fireplace, a music room, a game
room, balcony and kitchenette, and is fully equipped for all
student activities and club entertaining. After a "rushing"
period at the opening of school, every student becomes a
member. Thus in Club Village one finds all the best features
of sorority life without any of its undesirable aspects.
CLUB VILLAGE ACTIVITIES
Beginning with "rushing," the year's activities include
Fag Day initiations, meals for special occasions, teas,
dances, week-ends away from school, banquets, all
kinds of social gatherings and quiet evenings with
congenial club mates. Each club fields a team in
every sport, thus affording school-wide competition.
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THREE OF THE YOUNGER FACULTY MEMBERS RELAX AT TEA
STUDENTS FROM NEIGHBORING SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES ARE FREQUENT GUESTS
The school owns and operates its own stable of gaited horses.
There are regular shows in the fall and spring. In addition
to riding simply for pleasure, some students elect to take the
full two year course in the theory and technique of riding
in order to qualify themselves as instructors in summer camps.
RIDERS ENJOY THE HILLS OF BEAUTIFUL TENNESSEE
The climate of Middle Tennessee encourages year-round
sports. In addition to the regular physical education pro-
gram, there is a club team in every sport. Competition among
these teams is always keen and is matched only by the en-
thusiasm of the spectators.
STUDENTS STRIVE TO WIN A COVETED LETTER IN THEIR FAVORITE SPORTS
EVERY ONE ENJOYS THE SPRING AND FALL TENNIS TOURNAMENTS
FIELD HOCKEY IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR OUTDOOR SPORTS IN THE FALL
Many happy moments are spent
in the light, white-tiled pool.
Instruction is given in all aquatic
sports. The water in the pool
circulates constantly and is puri-
fied by ultra-violet rays. No
chlorine or other irritating chemi-
cals are ever used.
Each student can choose from a wide variety of sports, select-
ing those she likes best and frequently taking part in several.
The Physical Education Building is a complete unit. On
the ground floor are the bowling alleys, shampoo room,
lockers, dressing rooms and showers. The large gymnasium,
the apparatus room and the offices of the staff are on the
main floor. A spectators' balcony surrounds the main gym-
nasium. Adjoining the balcony are the dance studios.
THE BOWLING ALLEYS ARE ALWAYS
FAVORITE MEETING PLACE
THE GYMNASIUM PROVIDES ABUNDANT SPACE
AND EQUIPMENT FOR ALL INDOOR GAMES
One of the outstanding events of the spring is the traditional May
Day Festival. This marks the culmination of the Physical Edu-
cation Program, in which every student participates. The grand
parade, picturesque costumes of the dancers and the May Queen
with her Court add a dramatic touch to the celebration which is
viewed by several thousand friends, parents and alumnae.
SCENES FROM MAY DAY
TO BE CHOSEN QUEEN OR A MEMBER OF THE COURT IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST HONORS
EVERY STUDENT TAKES PART IN THE TRADITIONAL MAY DAY CELEBRATION
THE STUDENT COUNCIL ENTERTAINS AT AN INDOOR PICNIC
HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING CORSAGES JUST BEFORE THE FORMAL DANCE
THE PAUSE THAT REFRESHES WITH CHICKEN AND CHATTER IN THE TEA ROOM
FAG DAY'' FUN CELEBRATES PLEDGING IN CLUB VILLAGE
The marble statues and wrought iron summer houses, collected
in Europe by Colonel and Mrs. Acklen for the formal gardens
of their ante-bellum estate, are still on the campus.