Author George E. Allen Reflects on 50 Years of Music Education

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New memoir ‘I Was Not Asked’ takes readers into Allen’s urban Philadelphia classroom.

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In his new memoir, “I Was Not Asked: An African American Educator from Philadelphia Spreads His Love for Music” (published by Trafford Publishing), author and educator George E. Allen looks back at his teaching career and chronicles more than five decades of working to inspire students and share his love of music with them.

Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, as a child Allen had an innate curiosity about music. His quest for knowledge continued into adulthood, where he earned multiple degrees while teaching the Philadelphia school district to follow his dream of teaching music.

Allen refused to let his students say “I can’t” or “I think.” The mantra in his classroom was always “It is better to know than to think you know.” He encouraged his students to ask questions, think differently and work diligently, imparting life lessons that would stay with them long after they graduated.

According to reports from the U.S. Department of Education, the Obama administration continues to cut funding for schools, and music and art programs have been the target of some of the most drastic budget cuts. By sharing his story, Allen shows how music education enriched his students’ lives and introduced them to new concepts and ways of thinking.

An excerpt from “I Was Not Asked”:

“Just play. I will know a lot about you as a human being and together we will learn about each other.”

“I Was Not Asked”
By Dr. George E. Allen
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 306 pages | ISBN 9781466983526
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 306 pages | ISBN 9781466983533
E-Book | ISBN 9781466983519
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

George E. Allen earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from West Chester State Teachers College, and a master’s degree and doctor of musical arts in music education from Temple University. He has been teaching music for 55 years.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC self-publishing imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service” and has led the indie publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self-publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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