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Jazz Music Education – A Gateway for Inclusivity
In music education, the predominant standard bearer for the study of melody, harmony, rhythm comes from a compositional practice created by white, male, privileged, practitioners. Many of these creators come from cultural backgrounds rooted in a prejudicial perspective that perpetuates a dominance of the white cultural perspective on music and society in general. Yet the music that has informed the development of American music, which comes from the mid 17th century to the present, has included the prominent voices of the African, West Indian, and Latin American diasporas as core to its identity. These voices are at the core of the creation of America’s original art form – jazz. Yet in many music curriculums around the country jazz music and the insight the music offers, has been either underrepresented or absent. Why have these cultural influences been excluded from consideration in modern music education in an inclusive manner? How can these vital cultural influences be included in modern music education? Why is the music we discuss, and study predominantly produced by creators who identify as being male? How can we be inclusive of all people and their respective identities to better represent the landscape of the contributions of all musicians? How do we rectify this misrepresentation to better serve our students? This panel will address the challenges facing our present music education landscape to help us move forward in a more inclusive and beneficial manner.

Ray Anderson, panelist
Carolina Calvache, panelist
Tom Dempsey, facilitator
Tammy McCann, panelist
D.D. Jackson, panelist

Jul 7, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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