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American teacher Charles R Hoffer was born in East Lansing, MI on 12 December 1929. He played piano and then clarinet whilst at school, then studied music education at Michigan State University.
Hoffer made (and was recognised for) considerable contributions to American music education, serving on committees to create state and national music education standards, supporting the inclusion of practical standards and developing a set of basic questions which he believed all children should be able to answer, such as 'can they recognise when the theme returns?'.
He was president of the Indiana Music Educators Association, president of the North Central Division and the national president of MENC (the National Association for Music Education, now called NAfME).
Charles Hoffer died on 3 May 2017, aged eighty-seven.