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Resources on Diversity and Decolonisation in music education

Updated: Dec 7, 2023



Decolonise The Curriculum - Music | Jimmy Rotherham


The Racial Politics of Music Education | Ethan Hein


What Can Music Teachers Do for Black Lives? | Emily


George Floyd - We Cannot Stay Silent | Nate Holder https://theteacherist.com/2020/05/28/injustice-we-cannot-stay-silent/


Facilitating musical learning in Scottish Primary Schools: an interview-based study of generalist primary teachers’, primary music specialists’ and community music practitioners’ views and experiences | Dr Diljeet Kaur Bhachu


Cultural colonialism, academic rigor, or both? A study of ABRSM examinations in Northern China | Le Zhang


The Flute is Not a Woodwind Instrument: Re-imagining and Challenging the Western Instrument Families | Steve Giddings


An Open Letter on Racism in Music Studies | Danielle Brown


A Guide to Coded Language in Education Vol. I & II


Music Theory and the White Racial Frame | Philip A. Ewell


Dinah, Put Down Your Horn: Blackface Minstrel Songs Don’t Belong in Music Class | Dr. Katya Ermolaeva


Choral Composers Recommended on DTMR | Kelsey Millerschin Gamza


Decolonizing music education: Moving beyond tokenism | Juliet Hess


Stormzy vs Mozart vs Music Education | Max Wheeler


Classism and Racism in Classical Music | Des Oliver


Being a Black Ph.D. Student Following George Floyd’s Murder | Clifton Boyd


Race, Blacksound, and the (Re)Making of Musicological Discourse | Matthew D. Morrison


Race and early European music (Open Resource) | Dr Joseph W. Mason


Non-European musical cultures before 1600 (Open Resource) | Dr Joseph W. Mason


Trombone players: It’s time to bury Henry Fillmore’s “Lassus Trombone.”


Sounds Like... Black Music Matters | Yorkshire Youth & Music


Was Beethoven Black? Probably Not, but These Unsung Composers Were


Black Women Composers in Chicago: Then and Now | Helen Walker-Hill


Debussy’s Cakewalk. Race, Modernism and Music in Early Twentieth-Century Paris | James Deaville


Accessing the Inside of the Tent: The Optics of Inclusivity in Music Education | Christopher Mena


Equity in Music Education: Exclusionary Practices in Music Education | Jacqueline Kelly-McHale


Activities that Promote Racial and Cultural Awareness | Barbara Biles


Diversifying through decolonising at UK conservatoires


'We must channel the energy and pain that is being expressed right now': Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE on time for action on diversity in classical music | Chi-chi Nwanoku



Contemporary Black composers you should know


Chevalier de Saint Georges x Mozart


His Name Is Joseph Boulogne, Not ‘Black Mozart’


Anti-Colonial Orchestras: A Cultural Response to Classical Music Imperialism | John Silpayamanant


Carnegie Hall | Music lessons from around the world


Music theory examples by women


12 Childhood Nursery Rhymes You Didn't Realise Were Racist

https://nafme.org/you-might-be-left-with-silence-when-youre-done/



2020 List of Pieces to Be Reconsidered or Removed


Songs with a questionable past


"You Might Be Left With Silence" The White Fear of Taking Racist Songs Out of Music Education | Martin Urbach




Institute For Composer Diversity https://twitter.com/ComposerProject

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Music Studies https://twitter.com/EDIMusicStudies

Black Music Research https://twitter.com/cbmrccc



Music by Black Composers - MBC



Black Lives Matter, Music Ed, and Current Discourse


Reality Pedagogy: Christopher Emdin at TEDxTeachersCollege


Decolonising Music Education


61 Black Composers: Solo Piano Works


The REAL Origin Of The Song "Funga Alafia" - Hint It Isn't A Liberian Song, Or A Nigerian Song, Or A Traditional African Song


Racism in music industry: Robert Glasper shows racial inequality in music


Prof. Shirley J. Thompson OBE Interview | Identity & Aesthetic: Five British-Caribbean Composers


Composer Eleanor Alberga on race in classical music


Music Theory and White Supremacy | Adam Neely


Music Theory and the White Racial Frame | Phillip Ewell


Decolonizing Musical Hierarchy | Melissa Panlasigui




Pod The Score - Ep.34 White Fragility In Music Education


Music and Peacebuilding - Ep. 8 Decolonizing the Music Room with Brandi Waller-Pace


A Racist Music | Errolyn Wallen | BBC


Race, equality and classical music | BBC


Music Schools and White Supremacy with Loren Kajikawa


Classical Commonweath - Errollyn Wallen unravels the story of how classical music fused with local musical traditions across the British Commonwealth, speaking to acclaimed conductor Zubin Mehta, soprano Patricia Rozario, composer and kora player Tunde Jegede and others.


Trilloquy | Garrett McQueen & Scott Blankenship


Sound Expertise | Will Robin










Decolonise The Curriculum - Music | Jimmy Rotherham


The Racial Politics of Music Education | Ethan Hein


What Can Music Teachers Do for Black Lives? | Emily


George Floyd - We Cannot Stay Silent | Nate Holder https://theteacherist.com/2020/05/28/injustice-we-cannot-stay-silent/


Facilitating musical learning in Scottish Primary Schools: an interview-based study of generalist primary teachers’, primary music specialists’ and community music practitioners’ views and experiences | Dr Diljeet Kaur Bhachu


Cultural colonialism, academic rigor, or both? A study of ABRSM examinations in Northern China | Le Zhang


The Flute is Not a Woodwind Instrument: Re-imagining and Challenging the Western Instrument Families | Steve Giddings


An Open Letter on Racism in Music Studies | Danielle Brown


A Guide to Coded Language in Education Vol. I & II


Music Theory and the White Racial Frame | Philip A. Ewell


Dinah, Put Down Your Horn: Blackface Minstrel Songs Don’t Belong in Music Class | Dr. Katya Ermolaeva


Choral Composers Recommended on DTMR | Kelsey Millerschin Gamza


Decolonizing music education: Moving beyond tokenism | Juliet Hess


Stormzy vs Mozart vs Music Education | Max Wheeler


Classism and Racism in Classical Music | Des Oliver


Being a Black Ph.D. Student Following George Floyd’s Murder | Clifton Boyd


Race, Blacksound, and the (Re)Making of Musicological Discourse | Matthew D. Morrison


Race and early European music (Open Resource) | Dr Joseph W. Mason


Non-European musical cultures before 1600 (Open Resource) | Dr Joseph W. Mason


Trombone players: It’s time to bury Henry Fillmore’s “Lassus Trombone.”


Sounds Like... Black Music Matters | Yorkshire Youth & Music


Was Beethoven Black? Probably Not, but These Unsung Composers Were


Black Women Composers in Chicago: Then and Now | Helen Walker-Hill


Debussy’s Cakewalk. Race, Modernism and Music in Early Twentieth-Century Paris | James Deaville


Accessing the Inside of the Tent: The Optics of Inclusivity in Music Education | Christopher Mena


Equity in Music Education: Exclusionary Practices in Music Education | Jacqueline Kelly-McHale


Activities that Promote Racial and Cultural Awareness | Barbara Biles


Diversifying through decolonising at UK conservatoires


'We must channel the energy and pain that is being expressed right now': Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE on time for action on diversity in classical music | Chi-chi Nwanoku



Contemporary Black composers you should know


Chevalier de Saint Georges x Mozart


His Name Is Joseph Boulogne, Not ‘Black Mozart’


Anti-Colonial Orchestras: A Cultural Response to Classical Music Imperialism | John Silpayamanant


Carnegie Hall | Music lessons from around the world


Music theory examples by women


12 Childhood Nursery Rhymes You Didn't Realise Were Racist

https://nafme.org/you-might-be-left-with-silence-when-youre-done/


"You Might Be Left With Silence" The White Fear of Taking Racist Songs Out of Music Education | Martin Urbach




Institute For Composer Diversity https://twitter.com/ComposerProject

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Music Studies https://twitter.com/EDIMusicStudies

Black Music Research https://twitter.com/cbmrccc



Music by Black Composers - MBC



Black Lives Matter, Music Ed, and Current Discourse


Reality Pedagogy: Christopher Emdin at TEDxTeachersCollege


Decolonising Music Education


61 Black Composers: Solo Piano Works


The REAL Origin Of The Song "Funga Alafia" - Hint It Isn't A Liberian Song, Or A Nigerian Song, Or A Traditional African Song


Racism in music industry: Robert Glasper shows racial inequality in music


Prof. Shirley J. Thompson OBE Interview | Identity & Aesthetic: Five British-Caribbean Composers


Composer Eleanor Alberga on race in classical music


Music Theory and White Supremacy | Adam Neely


Music Theory and the White Racial Frame | Phillip Ewell


Decolonizing Musical Hierarchy | Melissa Panlasigui




Pod The Score - Ep.34 White Fragility In Music Education


Music and Peacebuilding - Ep. 8 Decolonizing the Music Room with Brandi Waller-Pace


A Racist Music | Errolyn Wallen | BBC


Race, equality and classical music | BBC


Music Schools and White Supremacy with Loren Kajikawa


Classical Commonweath - Errollyn Wallen unravels the story of how classical music fused with local musical traditions across the British Commonwealth, speaking to acclaimed conductor Zubin Mehta, soprano Patricia Rozario, composer and kora player Tunde Jegede and others.


Trilloquy | Garrett McQueen & Scott Blankenship


Sound Expertise | Will Robin







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Thankyou so much for this list of resources. Have come across some already whilst researching for my dissertation on this topic nut not all. Thankyou for using your voice to educate people.

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