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Helpful Resources for Music Teachers

Updated: Mar 10, 2022

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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

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

Teaching Music History – Without the Lies | Chris Woods

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

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

Christopher Emdin

Ethan Hein

Dr Diljeet Kaur Bhachu


Travis G-Zinnel

Timothy Jones

Joe Guarr

Institute For Composer Diversity

Dr Anna Bull

Daniel Green

Dr Kira Thurman

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in Music Studies


Black Music Research

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

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

Music Matter

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

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education (Race, Education, and Democracy) - Christopher Emdin

Blues People: The Negro Experience In White America And The Music That Developed From It - LeRoi Jones

Me and White Supremacy - Layla Saad

Sounds Like London: 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital - Lloyd Bradley

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