In this episode, titled Addressing the Western European Bias in Music History Class I use some self reflection, and hot topics currently in music education to really take a look at what we are teaching in such a course.
When asked to revise and restart a course that hadn’t been offered for the better part of a decade at my school, I took it as an opportunity to diversify the topics addressed in a music history course. Using Ethan Hein’s blog post on Teaching Whiteness in Music Class, I took a real reflective look at the barriers of music history and how it is not all about the Beethoven, Bach and Brahms.
I also address how to talk about the hard topics of past and current racism and classism in the music industry with students.
Strategies are also given on how to implement student choice in assignments, and make assignments that your students will actually want to complete.