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Research Guides@Tufts

Music Resources for Diversity, Equity, and Antiracism

The aim of this research guide is to amplify the repertoire, music, and scholarship about and by historically marginalized people, specifically Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).


Allan, Bruce, Amy Perreault; John Chenoweth; Dianne Biin; Sharon Hobenshield; Todd Ormiston; Shirley Anne Hardman; Louise Lacerte; Lucas Wright; and Justin Wilson. Pulling Together: A Guide for Teachers and Instructors. CC-BY-NC, 2018.

Benedict, Cathy; Patrick K. Schmidt; Gary Spruce; and Paul Woodford. The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education. 2015.

Bradley, Deborah; Ronald Golner; and Sarah Hanson. "Unlearning Whiteness, Rethinking Race Issues in Graduate Music Education." Music Education Research 9, no. 2 (2007): 293-304.

Brown, Danielle. "An Open Letter on Racism in Music Studies." Decolonizing the Music Room, June 25, 2020.

Buchler, Michael. "Setting sets aside: Prioritizing motive, text, and diversity in post-tonal analysis courses." Setting sets aside: Prioritizing motive, text, and diversity in post-tonal analysis courses. New York: Routledge, 2020.

Chávez, Luis; Russell P. Skelchy. "Decolonization for Ethnomusicology and Music Studies in Higher Education." Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, 18:3 (2019): 115-143. DOI: 10.22176/act18.3.115

Deguchi, Tomoko. "Promoting diversity in the undergraduate classroom: Incorporating Asian contemporary composers’ music in a form and analysis course." Music Theory Pedagogy Online, 32 (2018).

Ewell, Phil. "Confronting Racism and Sexism in American Music Theory." Music Theory's White Racial Frame.

Hoag, Melissa. "Integration, Diversity, and Creativity In Current Music Theory Pedagogy Research." College Music Symposium 56 (2016).

______, ed. Expanding the Canon: Black Composers in the Music Theory Classroom. Routledge, 2023.

Ingle, Gary. "Decolonizing Our Music." NewMusicBox USA, November 16, 2016.

Koza, Julia Eklund. "Listening for Whiteness: Hearing Racial Politics in Undergraduate School Music." Philosophy of Music Education Review 16, no. 2 (2008): 145-55.

Ladson-Billings, G. "Culturally Relevant Pedagogy 2.0: a.k.a. the Remix." Harvard Educational Review (2014). DOI:

Leilehua Lanzilotti, Anne. "Building Curriculum Diversity: Stereotype Threat." NewMusicBox USA, July 6, 2017.

Lewis, George E. "Lifting the Cone of Silence from Black Composers." New York Times, July 3, 2020.

McCauley, Michelle. "Giving Cultural Context to Teaching Native American Music." Decolonizing the Music Room. October 30, 2019.

Mena, Christopher. "Accessing the Inside of the Tent: The Optics of Inclusivity in Music Education." May 23, 2020.

Molk, David. "Embracing a Transformative Pedagogy: Music Departments and White Supremacy." I Care if You Listen. August 6, 2020.

______. "Confronting Our Complicity: Music Theory and White Supremacy." New Music USA. January 6, 2021.

Morrison, Matthew D. "Race, Blacksound, and the (Re)Making of Musicological Discourse." Journal of the American Musicological Society 1 December, 72:3 (2019): 781–823. DOI:

Powell, Sean Robert and Celeste. "Outside in the Music Teaching Machine: Remembrances of Marginalization." Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, no. 223 (2020): 26-41.

Rastas, Anna, and Elina Seye. "Music and Anti-Racism: Musicians’ Involvement in Anti-Racist Spaces," Popular Music and Society, 42:5 (2019): 592-610, DOI: 10.1080/03007766.2018.1526527.

Robin, Will. "How Can Artists Respond to Injustice? Thoughts from Seven Musicians." NewMusicBox USA, June 5, 2020.

Siadat, Fahad. "Reflections on Segregation and Representation in Choral Music." NewMusicBox USA, June 18, 2020.

Stimeling, Travis D., and Kayla Tokar. "Narratives of Musical Resilience and the Perpetuation of Whiteness in the Music History Classroom." Journal of Music History Pedagogy, 10:1 (2020): 20-38. 

Walker, Margaret E. "Towards a Decolonized Music History Curriculum." Journal of Music History Pedagogy, 10:1 (2020): 1-19.

Woolfe, Zachary, and Joshua Barone (interviewers). "Black Artists on How to Change Classical Music." New York Times, July 16, 2020.