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Music Resources for Diversity, Equity, and Antiracism @ Pitt

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


Benedict, Cathy, Schmidt, Patrick K., Spruce, Gary, and Woodford, Paul. The Oxford Handbook of Social Justice in Music Education. 2018.

Bradley, Deborah, Golner, Ronald, and Hanson, Sarah. "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." Routledge Companion to Music Theory Pedagogy. 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, no. 3 (September 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, Philip. "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).

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.

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, no. 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, no. 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.