Providing research for music educators on unsung narratives in U.S. music resources and tools for decolonizing practices.
Decolonizing means challenging the established dominance of Western European and White American music, narratives, and practices by disrupting the minimization and erasure of non-dominant cultures and identities.
Whose stories do we tell in our music classrooms? How do we make choices about what we teach our students? Much of the music in the U.S. folk canon has made its way into the music classroom, but the history has not always followed. Decolonizing the Music Room aims to use research to inform educators to help them develop culturally competent pedagogy. We provide background and sources, personal perspectives that center the voices of educators from marginalized groups, and suggestions for shifting instructional practices in music education to best serve our students and their experiences.