Telling the stories of our music

Telling the stories of our music


Providing research for music educators on unsung narratives in U.S. music, resources, and tools for decolonizing practices.

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Providing research for music educators on unsung narratives in U.S. music, resources, and tools for decolonizing practices.

What is "Decolonizing?"

Our decolonizing work means challenging the established dominance of Western European and White American music, narratives, and practices by disrupting the minimization and erasure of racially and ethnically minoritized cultures and identities.

About Us

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Our Mission

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 help music educators develop culturally competent pedagogy.  We provide background, sources, and  personal perspectives that center the voices of educators from racially and ethnically marginalized groups, and give suggestions for shifting instructional practices in music education to best serve our students and their experiences. 

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