2022 Student Research Conference:
35th Annual Student Research Conference

Changing the Foundations of Musical Diversity for Black Musicians’ Expansion


Taylor A. Howard
Dr. Jesse D. Krebs, Faculty Mentor

Numerous innovations have been contributed by people of color throughout the development of American classical music, but often the traditions of colonization and white supremacy have severely whitewashed their significant representation from history. Racial prejudice, specifically the oppression of black people, has limited opportunities for academic and performance freedoms, so genres of music have become heavily associated with race. To combat this, recent solutions have been developed to include more musicians of color, and to involve children at a young age to make music an option for lifelong careers. One recent solution is the establishment of instrument loaner programs, which can make a great impact on underrepresentation in many facets of music, including “non-black” music, theory, music appreciation, and composition. This presentation will discuss methods of inclusion while emphasizing instrument loaner programs and barriers for black students wanting to pursue music.

Keywords: Music, Instrument loaner programs, Music Appreciation, Race, Representation

Topic(s):Music
Political Science
American Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: 301-3
Location: SUB Alumni Room
Time: 1:45

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