Pat Galyean


Oral History Information

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Songwriter, Relative

Pat Galyean was introduced to the art of songwriter by her mother, Edna Mae Burnam. Edna Mae, as Hal Leonard wrote on their website, was “one of the most respected names in piano pedagogy.” She wrote a series of practice and method books over her long career including the famous “Dozen A Day” series, which was published by Willis Music beginning in 1950. Pat’s father was the director of the Sacramento Symphony and a first chair violist and violinist. Pat and her sister Peggy received musical training from their parents growing up. After raising her family, Pat developed her skills as a songwriter penning a jazz number about Sacramento and a series of songs for her church including “The Lord’s Last Words on the Cross.”