John Tufts

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Born: 26 February 1689 in Medford, Massachusetts

Died: 17 August 1750 in Amesbury, Massachusetts


"American pastor, composer and sacred song book compiler. Graduate of Harvard University, 1708. Pastor of First Church, Newbury, Massachusetts, 1714-1738. Retired from the ministry in 1738, moved to Amesbury, Mass., and was a shopkeeper there until his death" (Lowens 1954).

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  • Gates, J. Terry. 1988. Samuel Gerrish, Publisher to the "Regular Singing" Movement in 1720s New England. Notes, Second Series 45(1):15-22.
  • Lowens, Irving. 1954. John Tufts' "Introduction to the Singing of Psalm-Tunes" (1721-1744): The First American Music Textbook. Journal of Research in Music Education 2(2):89-102.


  • Tufts, John. 1721. An Introduction to the Singing of Psalm-Tunes, in a plain and easy method, with a collection of tunes in three parts. Boston: Samuel Gerrish. Further editions in 1721, 1723, 1726, 1728, 1731, 1736, 1738, and 1744.

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