from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A male teacher of music.


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  • Granville had found a music-master for her daughters, they all inquired for his name and address.

    A Daughter of Eve

  • On the gloom of this life one sole figure of a man, that of a music-master, stood vigorously forth.

    A Daughter of Eve

  • And when the dancing-master came, Betsinda learned along with Angelica; and when the music-master came, she watched him, and practiced the

    The Rose and the Ring

  • Podmore, the old music-master, was there too, and was delighted and astonished at the progress in singing which Morgiana had made; and when the little party separated, he took Mr. Woolsey by the hand, and said,

    Mens Wives

  • She might annex herself to the easy-going high by wedding an old nobleman, or she might join for good and all the easy-going low, by plunging back to the level of her family, giving up all her ambitions for them, settling as the wife of a provincial music-master named

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • When she was four years old she had a tender feeling towards the Buttons who brought the coals up to the nursery, or the little sweep at the crossing, or the music-master, or never mind whom.

    The Virginians

  • The former had his reasons for overlooking the attentions of the little music-master; and as for the latter, had she not been on the stage, and had not many hundreds of persons, in jest or earnest, made love to her?

    Mens Wives

  • Madame Cremiere and I are inclined to take her music-master for our children.


  • Did my dear grandmamma, twenty or thirty years ago. think she should live to be told, that to the dancing-master, the singing or music-master, the high mode would require the gaming-master to be added for the completing of the female education?

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • Well, sir, I — Mary of Scotland knew me but as a little hunchbacked music-master; and yet, and yet, I think SHE was not indifferent to her David Riz — and SHE came to misfortune.

    Roundabout Papers


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  • Why not "a teacher of music"? See master. Several definitions use "one", not necessarily male.

    December 22, 2015

  • Women are seen and not heard.

    December 22, 2015

  • Vendingmachine, don't be upset with the Century Dictionary definition; it was written more than a century ago when there were both music-masters and music-mistresses, just as there were both authors and authoresses and murderers and murderesses.

    December 23, 2015