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Barbara Garvey Jackson

Fayetteville, AR, 1929 - 2022

Barbara Ann Garvey was born September 27, 1929, in Normal, Ill., the elder daughter of Neil Ford Garvey and Eva Glenola Burkhart Garvey. She was educated in the public schools of Lexington and Urbana Illinois, attending high school at the University of Illinois High School in Urbana.
She attended the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Mich., for three summers (1944, 1945, 1946). She received her B.M. with highest Honors at the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1950, her M.M. at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester (NY) in 1952 (where she held a Delta Delta Delta National Graduate Fellowship) and her Ph.D. From Stanford University in 1959. She married Malcolm Robert Seagrave in 1953 and they were divorced in 1959. She married Kern Chandler Jackson in 1970.
She taught as a Special Music Teacher in the Los Angeles Public Schools from 1956-1957, as Assistant Professor at Arkansas Tech in Russellville, Ark., from 1957-1961, and at University of Arkansas in Fayetteville from 1954-56 and 1961-1991, where she retired as Professor Emerita. While on the faculty in the UA Fulbright College she received he Master Teacher Award. In retirement she continued her interest in music by women composers and was founder, editor, and publisher of ClarNan Editions, which publishes music by historic women composers, mostly of the 17th and 18th centuries. She wrote, with coauthor Bruce Benward, Practical Beginning Theory, publsihed by William C. Brown (1963), which went into its eighth edition with added coauthor Bruce Rogers Jackson in 2000. Other publications (as Barbara Garvey Seagrave) include: with coauthor Wesley Thomas, The Songs of the Minnesingers, University of Illinois Press (1966) and The Songs of the Minnesinger Wizlaw von Rugen, University of North Carolina Press (1967); and with coauthors Joel Berman and Kenneth Sarch, The A.S.T. A. Dictionary of Bowing Terms for String Instruments, The American String Teachers Association (1968 third edition as Barbara G. Jackson, 1987). As Barbara Garvey Jackson, she contributed articles to Notable American Women, The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, and The New Gove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition (2001), as well as chapters for books on women in music for Indiana university Press and for Oryx-Greenwood Press. Her reference work on the locations of sources of music by historic women composers. "Say can you Deny Me"; A Guide to Surviving Music by Women from the 16th through the 18th centuries was published by the University of Arkansas Press (1994).
She was a member of International Alliance for Women in Music, the American Musicological Society, The Viola da Gamba Society of America, the Midwest Historical Keyboard Society, the American String Teachers Association, and the Washington County Master Gardeners. She was both a regular and an honorary member of Sigma Alpha Iota, professional fraternity for women in music.
She is survived by her four stepsons, Kern C Jackson II of Deerfield, N.H., Ross Dillon Jackson of Albany, Ore., Bruce Rogers Jackson of Columbia, Mo., and Paul Dana Jackson of Hyattsville, Md.; and 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She also is survived by her niece, Julia Darley of Athens, Ga.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kern Jackson of the home and one sister, Marie Garvey Fowler. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville.
Service is set for the church on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 3 p.m., with interment following in the church columbarium.
The family would like to give a special thank you to granddaughter, Dawn Jackson, for the last three years of exceptional care.
You may sign the online guestbook at

Published September 26, 2022

Moore Chapel
206 West Center Street, P.O. Box 1149, Fayetteville, AR
Phone: 479-442-7314