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Building Community Through Diversity in Music Education

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At its essence, diversity is about difference: difference that includes but is not limited to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, language, race, sexuality, and socioeconomic status. Within the context of education, diversity seems to be valued insofar as it creates a more vibrant, socially just, and knowledgeable community. The question is: How do we go beyond speaking about these assumptions and values, practicing them in our classrooms, academic institutions, and scholarly discourse? How can we remove barriers to ensure marginalised and silenced voices emerge and are engaged within a given community? This talk will explore the relationship among the areas of diversity, community, and music education.

Bio

Dr. Carlos Abril is professor and director of Music Education at the University of Miami. Prior to this appointment, he served as professor and coordinator of music education at Northwestern University in Chicago. Prof. April’s research studies focus on arts policy, socio-cultural issues in education, and music perception. His work can be found published in more than 50 articles and books. Dr. April edited the book Musical Experience in Our Lives (published by Rowman & Littlefield) and is currently co-editing a book that critically examines methods and philosophies of music education from an international perspective (published by Oxford University Press). Dr. Abril has published musical arrangements for choir and instructional materials for young people. He is a member of several editorial boards in the US, Spain, and South America, including the Journal of Research in Music Education. Dr. April was awarded Teacher of the Year in Miami-Dade and the Cervantes Prize, which honours the work of teachers that focus on education and research on the Latin American population.

This talk is part of the Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education (PLACE) Group Seminars series.

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