EDITOR'S NOTE: We offer this post in solidarity with the Black community on the eve of Blackout Tuesday. We will not post anything additional on Tuesday.
Violinist Melissa White plays John Rosamond Johnson’s "Lift Every Voice and Sing."
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Classical music is an art form that is overwhelmingly white, male, European, and deceased. While many efforts are being made to change this, they are not yet mainstream. There are the Black History Month concerts, which feature a few representative works by a Black composer, possibly a Black soloist, and then we never hear those works or see that soloist again. We have yet to see a majority of concert series present more diverse programs in months that aren't February or March.
If the concert hall (or the Facebook Live stream, these days) is the place audiences regularly encounter new pieces of classical music, the elementary school classroom and the private teaching studio are the first places children encounter music. We teach them which music is important. And for many of us who teach using the Suzuki method, we are trying to cultivate beautiful hearts in our students, and to make global citizens, not just violinists.
But how can we do that when the repertoire in the books is almost entirely written by dead white European men?
The answer: we can't. We have to turn the Keep reading...Comments (2)
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