The score: a podcast hosted by eric and justin


An Urban Music Education Podcast hosted by Eric and Justin. They provide tips and strategies through honest discussions about their experience teaching music in an Urban setting. The goal is to provide a positive and solution-based narrative to create more effective, compassionate and culturally relevant music educators.

la bamba: the afro-Mexican story


Much has been made of Mexico's rich Spanish and indigenous heritage, but until recently, there's been little talk of Mexico's so-called "Third Root":  Africa. Africans came to Mexico with the Spanish as soldiers and slaves - so many that by 1810, the black population of Mexico was equal to that of the United States. Today, African heritage persists throughout Mexico, yet for a variety of reasons, black history has long been silenced. In this Hip Deep episode, we use music to explore that history as we take a road-trip across the country in search of sonic traces of Afro-Mexico. 

latino usa podcast: american flavor


From salsa to punk and jazz to hip-hop, Latino contributions to American popular music are present everywhere, and now they are celebrated in a book titled American Sabor: Latinos and Latinas in US Popular Music.

American Sabor began as an interactive music exhibit in 2007 containing a variety of interviews with Latino musicians, costumes and instruments played by the very people who made history. By 2011, the exhibit made its way to the Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington, D.C. In 2017. the exhibit was transformed into a book—a colorful encyclopedia of music filled with the artists, musical styles, and communities that have influenced American soundscapes. And it’s a bilingual experience with Spanish on the left pages and English on the right.

1619 Podcast, Episode Three: The Birth of American Music


For centuries, Black music has been an expression of artistic freedom. No wonder everybody is always stealing it.

american songerster radio podcast


American Songster Radio is a monthly look at the roots of American Popular music. It’s hosted by world renowned musician and folklorist Dom Flemons who playfully refers to himself as The American Songster.

Dom was a founding member of the Grammy Award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops and has toured the world as a solo performer. With this new WUNC podcast Dom uses interviews, live performance and historical documents to offer a fresh take on traditional music. 

Teaching Hard History: American Slavery


What we don’t know about American slavery hurts us all. From Teaching Tolerance and host Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Teaching Hard History brings us the lessons we should have learned in school through the voices of leading scholars and educators. It’s good advice for teachers, good information for everybody.

latino usa podcast: Latin heroes of Rock & Roll


When we talk about what made rock & roll as we know it, the most common description is: a mixture of R&B, a predominantly black genre, and country, a predominantly white genre. But the sound is not as black and white as many think.

In this episode, Latino USA explores the Latino influences that helped shape rock & roll dating back to the 1950s. We also profile unsung Latino rock artists who had a hand in crafting the sound—from riot girl Alice Bag to David Bowie’s right-hand man guitarist Carlos Alomar.

NPR Podcasts: American Anthem


The Star-Spangled Banner is the official anthem for the United States, but there are plenty of songs that have become informal American anthems for millions of people. This week, we share three stories from NPR Music's American Anthem series that highlight the origins of songs that have become ingrained in American culture.

This filipino american life by the filipino american life


This Filipino American Life is a podcast that explores the nuanced experiences of Filipinos in the United States. We release new episodes every other week. 

APM Report: Educate


Stories about education, opportunity, and how people learn.
We're all about education. We care about equity and opportunity and how people learn. We dig deep into education research. We're curious about how research translates into policy — or not. We think good teaching is hard. We think history has a lot to tell us about why things are the way they are. We believe in vivid storytelling.

Code Switch


Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead. Sometimes, we'll make you laugh. Other times, you'll get uncomfortable. But we'll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic. Come mix it up with us.

Repertoire and Music Listening




We Rise: A Movement Songbook draws on a rich history of social movement music, both old and new. From Spirituals to Labor songs, from Freedom Songs of the Civil Rights Movement to the music rising up from our struggles today, this compilation of movement music is meant to give people ways to join. To remember.  To affirm. To honor. To rage. To celebrate. To practice new ways of being in relationship with one another and the earth. To envision and create a world that is just and habitable for future generations.

We offer this songbook as a gift to the movement in hopes that the practice of raising our voices together will enable us to honor our pasts, learn from one another, and begin to envision a just society where Everybody and Being has a Right to Live.

music by black composers


Classical music from Africa and the African Diaspora

  • Inspiring Black students to begin and continue instrumental training.
  • Making the music of Black composers available to everyone.
  • Helping to change the face of classical music through greater diversity.



Jack Dappa Blues Public Media uses broadcast journalism, film, and multimedia production to produce exciting, meaningful, and historically accurate content that explores and highlights African American Traditional Music and the black experience. Our featured broadcast “Jack Dappa Blues Heritage Radio” not only plays African American Traditional music that dates back to early Black Spirituals and pre-war Blues, but we highlight today’s practitioners of the music, as well as tackle the sensitive topics that relate to the African American experience from the past to the present. Engaging and interactive, Jack Dappa Blues Heritage Radio gives their audience the context in which African American traditions, culture, and social environment are shared through the oral documentation of Blues, Black Spirituals and the like, that reflects the African American community and their different classes throughout history.

Step It Down: Games, Plays, Songs, and Stories from the Afro-American Heritage

by Bessie Lomax Hawes

From Amazon.com: Step It Down weaves together the lyrics, music, and description of traditional Afro-American children's songs as well as Jones's comments on their meaning and "feel." Whether reciting "Tom, Tom, Greedy Gut" or demonstrating the more complex steps of "Ranky Tank" and "Buzzard's Lope," Bessie Jones always viewed the amusements of the young as preparation for adult roles and relationships, and as a teacher, she developed her own philosophy of how a black child is socialized into the larger community.

*"Knock Jim Crow" is included in this collection. The Jim Crow character, while existing in other contexts, was popularized through the Blackface minstrel tradition. DTMR encourages research and discretion in figuring out which songs are appropriate for singing and playing in the elementary classroom and which are for study or other types of teaching. 

El Patio de Mi Casa - 42 Traditional Rhymes, Chants, and Folk Songs from Mexico

by Gabriela Montoya-Stier (Author) and Martha Chlipala (Illustrator) 

From Amazon.com: This endearing collection of folksongs from Mexico is perfect for any teacher looking to broaden the multicultural dimensions of their elementary or preschool music class with time-tested authentic music.
Each song and rhyme includes teaching suggestions, English translations, game directions, and background information. Songs are categorized as rhymes, chants, singing games, song tales (romances), or lullabies, and there is even a piñata song.

De Colores and Other Latin American Folksongs for Children

by Jose-Luis Orozco

From Amazon.com: Bursting with color and spirit, this collection of Latin-American songs is a tribute to Latino culture. From traditional tunes to rhymes and hand games, De Colores has songs for all occasions and moods. Each song is accompanied by simple musical arrangements, with lyrics in both English and Spanish.


Children's Songs from Afghanistan

by Louise M. Pascale

From ww.afghansongbook.org: The Afghan Children’s Songbook Project strives to revitalize the children’s music of Afghanistan which was almost completely eradicated by the war and oppression that has afflicted Afghanistan for over 30 years. Fifty thousand copies of the songbook, Qu Qu Qu Barg-e-Chinaar: Children’s Songs from Afghanistan and Awasan See Sana have been distributed to pre-schools, elementary schools and orphanages and traveling libraries across Afghanistan. The songbook includes a CD and a cassette tape. It has been used both to introduce children to the vibrant music of Afghanistan and also as a basic literacy text. The songbook is printed with bright colorful illustrations and easy-to-read text, making it fun for children to listen to the CD and read along.

Can be purchased at http://afghansongbook.org/buy-book/

Roots and Branches: A Legacy of Multicultural Music for Children

From Amazon.com: This unique book and audio sampler is a collection of 38 musical memories - songs and singing games - contributed by singers from 23 distinct cultures. This around-the-world collection offers: hand game songs, game chants, circle dances, lullabies, work songs, and songs for listening. 

The collection includes:

Selections from Brazil, Cajun, China, England, Eritrea, France, India, Korea, Japan, Puerto Rico, Malaysia, Mozambique, New Mexico, Israel, Vietnam, Cambodia, Kiowa/Comanche, Navajo, Russia, Iran, Ireland, Ecuador, and African-American traditions

Gending Raré: Children’s Songs and Games from Bali

by Brent C. Talbot

From giamusic.com: This delightful collection of children's folksongs and games from Bali is perfect for elementary classrooms exploring cultural traditions from around the world.

Brent C. Talbot travels the globe researching how music is learned and taught in various cultural contexts. He is the coordinator of music education at Gettysburg College and the founding director of Gamelan Gita Semara.

Made Taro is a master teacher, storyteller, and writer of Balinese songs, games, and culture. Taro is the founder of Sanggar Kukuruyuk, a children’s program for storytelling, singing, and playing featured in the videos associated with this book.

Ketut Gede Asnawa is a renowned composer, performer, and scholar of Balinese music. Asnawa serves on the faculty in the School of Music at the University of Illinois in Urbana and created the instrumental arrangements in this book.


From Bangkok and Beyond: Thai Children's Songs, Games and Customs

by Pornprapit Phoasavad and Patricia Sheehan Campbell

From Amazon.com:

Bangkok and Beyond: Thai Children's Songs, Games and Customs is a book-and-audio CD set that offers a lively introduction to the musical and cultural memories of Pornprapit "Ros" Phoasavadi. Ros grew up in Bangkok in a household filled with music. The selections in this set are drawn from her favorite childhood experiences, and include easy to learn game, birthday and festival songs and exciting instrumental pieces for guided listening. All feature Ros' personal reminiscences.

All Around This World


All Around This World shares global music with kids and their families in a way that simultaneously engages all, from the tiniest of tiny infants to the wisest and most well-traveled adults. Jay developed All Around This World’s music based on years of meticulous musical and cultural research–conducted with the support of global musicians, educators and ethnomusicologists. The approximately 250 songs that are part of the three year AATW curriculum originate from the global cultures that the music class explores. These are not “kids songs,” but music for adults that Jay has translated and rearranged, taking tremendous care to maintain each song’s musical essence and cultural narrative while still creating music that kids and their grownups can enjoy from the very first note.



Publisher of multicultural choral music, with many pieces composed and arranged by culture bearers. Offers a series of books of translations and annotations of choral repertoire as well as cds and spoken pronunciation guides for many of their pieces.  

Research and Philosophy

Good for What, Good for Whom? Decolonizing Music Education Philosophies

  by Deborah Gail Bradley

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Music Education, pp. 409-433


"Be Real Black for Me": Imagining Black Crit in Education

by Michael J. Dumas and kihana miraya ross

Urban Education 2016 Vol. 51 (4) 415-442


Contesting the Curriculum in the Schooling of Indigenous Children in Australia and the USA:

From Eurocentrism to Culturally Powerful Pedagogies

by Anne Hickling-hudson and Roberta Ahlquist

Comparative Education Review Vol. 47, No. 1, pg. 64-89


A Checklist for Evaluating Multicultural Materials

by Judith Cook Tucker, World Music Press


Decolonizing Music Education: Moving Beyond Tokenism

by Juliet Hess

International Journal of Music Education 2015 Vol. 33 (3) 336-347


Woke Pedagogy: A Framework for Teaching and Learning

By Altheria Caldera

Diversity, Social Justice, and the Educational Leader Vol. 2, No. 3


Decolonizing the Music survey: a manifesto

"You might be left with silence when you're done":

Dinah, Put Down Your Horn: Blackface Minstrel Songs Don’t Belong in Music Class

My People Tell Stories, LLC


Dr. Danielle Brown is the founder and owner of My People Tell Stories, LLC. An author, musician, researcher, and educator, Dr. Brown uses music to teach history and culture. 

"My People Tell Stories was started based on the premise that people of color need to tell and interpret their own stories. We provide educational, cultural, and performance-based services that center on the people of the African diaspora with a specific focus on the Caribbean region. We develop, make, and distribute creative works towards the aim of healing mind, body, spirit, and soul."

History of Minstrels: From "Jump Jim Crow" to "The Jazz Singer"


An online exhibit from the University of South Florida on the history of blackface minstrelsy, highlighting the creation and rise of America's first popular music and stereotypes from the art form that persist to this day.

Musical Passage


From "Musical Passage: " Musical Passage tells the story of an important, but little known record of early African diasporic music."

"Enslaved Africans and their descendants revolutionized global music historical records tell us far too little about their earliest practices. In this site we offer a careful interpretation of a single rare artifact, from Hans Sloane's 1707 Voyage to the Islands of Madera, Barbados, Nieves, S. Christophers and Jamaica. Tucked away in this centuries-old book, are several pieces of music that make it possible to hear echoes of performances long past."



Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Education

by Vicki R. Lind & Constance McKoy

Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Education presents teaching methods that are responsive to how different culturally specific knowledge bases impact learning. It is a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning. Designed to be a supplementary resource for teachers of undergraduate and graduate music education courses, the book provides examples in the context of music education, with theories presented in Section I and a review of teaching applications in Section II. Culturally Responsive Teaching in Music Education is an effort to answer the question: How can I teach music to my students in a way that is culturally responsive?

Music Education For Social Change: constructing an activist music education

by Juliet Hess

Music Education for Social Change: Constructing an Activist Music Education develops an activist music education rooted in principles of social justice and anti-oppression. Based on the interviews of 20 activist-musicians across the United States and Canada, the book explores the common themes, perceptions, and philosophies among them, positioning these activist-musicians as catalysts for change in music education while raising the question: amidst racism and violence targeted at people who embody difference, how can music education contribute to changing the social climate?

Music has long played a role in activism and resistance. By drawing upon this rich tradition, educators can position activist music education as part of a long-term response to events, as a crucial initiative to respond to ongoing oppression, and as an opportunity for youth to develop collective, expressive, and critical thinking skills. This emergent activist music education―like activism pushing toward social change―focuses on bringing people together, expressing experiences, and identifying (and challenging) oppressions. Grounded in practice with examples integrated throughout the text, Music Education for Social Change is an imperative and urgent consideration of what may be possible through music and music education.

Culturally responsive teaching and the brain

by Zaretta Hammond

In this book, Zaretta Hammond draws on cutting edge neuroscience research to offer an innovative approach for designing and implementing brain compatible culturally responsive instruction.

Sinful Tunes and Spirituals: Black Folk Music to the Civil War

From the tunes sung by stolen children of Africa to the spirited worksongs and "shouts" of freedmen, in Sinful Tunes and Spirituals Dena J. Epstein traces the course of early Black folk music in all its guises.

Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools

by Glenn E. Singleton

Why Examine and Address Race? Race matters—in society and in our schools. It is critical for educators to address racial issues in order to uncover personal and institutional biases that prevent all students, and especially students of color, from reaching their fullest potential. COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION™ serves as the essential strategy for school systems and other educational organizations to address racial disparities through safe, authentic, and effective cross-racial dialogue

Pedagogy of the Oppressed

by Paulo Freire


Over a lifetime of work with revolutionary organizers and educators, radical educator Paulo Freire created an approach to emancipatory education and a lens through which to understand systems of oppression in order to transform them. He flipped mainstream pedagogy on its head by insisting that true knowledge and expertise already exist within people. They need no “deposits” of information (what Freire calls “banking education”), nor do they need leftist propaganda to convince them of their problems. What is required to transform the world is dialogue, critical questioning, love for humanity, and praxis, the synthesis of critical reflection and action.

In short, Pedagogy of the Oppressed is education as a practice of freedom, which Freire contrasts with education as a practice of domination (see below).


Teaching to Transgress

by Bell Hooks

bell hooks--writer, teacher, and insurgent black intellectual--writes about a new kind of education, education as the practice of freedom.  Teaching students to "transgress" against racial, sexual, and class boundaries in order to achieve the gift of freedom is, for hooks, the teacher's most important goal. 

Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom

by Lisa Delpit

In an analysis of contemporary classrooms, MacArthur Award–winning author Lisa Delpit develops ideas about ways teachers can be better “cultural transmitters” in the classroom, where prejudice, stereotypes, and cultural assumptions breed ineffective education. 

We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

by Bettina Love

To dismantle the educational survival complex and to achieve educational freedom—not merely reform—teachers, parents, and community leaders must approach education with the imagination, determination, boldness, and urgency of an abolitionist. Following in the tradition of activists like Ella Baker, Bayard Rustin, and Fannie Lou Hamer, We Want to Do More Than Survive introduces an alternative to traditional modes of educational reform and expands our ideas of civic engagement and intersectional justice.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for WhitE People to Talk About Racism

by Robin DiAngelo

In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race

by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides.

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...And the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Educat

by Christopher Emdin

Drawing on his own experience of feeling undervalued and invisible in classrooms as a young man of color and merging his experiences with more than a decade of teaching and researching in urban America, award-winning educator Christopher Emdin offers a new lens on an approach to teaching and learning in urban schools. For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Y’all Too is the much-needed antidote to traditional top-down pedagogy and promises to radically reframe the landscape of urban education for the better.

He begins by taking to task the perception of urban youth of color as unteachable, and he challenges educators to embrace and respect each student’s culture and to reimagine the classroom as a site where roles are reversed and students become the experts in their own learning.

Putting forth his theory of Reality Pedagogy, Emdin provides practical tools to unleash the brilliance and eagerness of youth and educators alike—both of whom have been typecast and stymied by outdated modes of thinking about urban education.