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Musicking Workshop: “Diversity in Early Music Pedagogy”

Monday, April 12 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

Virtual Event

In response to the growing need for pedagogical and methodological reform in music history, Dr. Ayana Smith at Indiana University founded the Creating Real Change project in Fall 2020. This working group engages scholars at multiple levels of their graduate studies and professional careers. Its current members include Dr. Ayana Smith, Dr. Devon Nelson, PhD student Miguel Arango Calle and masters student Deanna Pellerano.

The project draws on the core ideas of “origin myths and shadow histories” to inform collaborative research, writing, and pedagogical strategies that seek to disrupt normalized structures of injustice in our approach to music history.

In Fall 2020, Creating Real Change engaged in an analysis of selected literature in support of its core ideas, and this Spring 2021, it has expanded its public outreach to host a series of workshops and discussions.

In collaboration with Dr. Arne Spohr, we will present on issues of diversity within the discipline through the lens of positionality and inclusion during the first hour of the workshop. We will share strategies and case studies from a pedagogical and music librarianship perspective along with a list of additional resources. In the second hour of the workshop, we will foster opportunities for deep engagement through pre-submitted audience questions and open dialogue.

Event Type

Arts & Culture, Music, Academic, Research


School of Music and Dance



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