1st Edition

Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies in Music Education Expanding Culturally Responsive Teaching to Sustain Diverse Musical Cultures and Identities

By Emily Good-Perkins Copyright 2022
    159 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    166 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume problematizes the historic dominance of Western classical music education and posits culturally sustaining pedagogy (CSP) as a framework through which music curricula can better serve increasingly diverse student populations.

    By detailing a qualitative study conducted in an urban high school in the United States, the volume illustrates how traditional approaches to music education can inhibit student engagement and learning. Moving beyond culturally responsive teaching, the volume goes on to demonstrate how enhancing teachers’ understanding of alternative musical epistemologies can support them in embracing CSP in the music classroom. This new theoretical and pedagogical framework reconceptualizes current practices to better sustain the musical cultures of the minoritized.

    This text will benefit researchers, academics, and educators with an interest in music education, multicultural education, and urban education more broadly. Those specifically interested in ethnomusicology and classroom practice will also benefit from this book.

    Part I: Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy 1: The Importance of Theory, 2: Why Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy for Music Education? Part II: Historical Overview of Today’s Music Classroom 3: Music and the ‘Civilizing’ Mission, 4: Music and the ‘Civilizing’ Mission in the United States, 5: Character Improvement and Music Education in the United States, 6: Music Education Standardization and Codification Part III: Today’s Music Classroom 7: How do our Normalized Practices Impact Children Today? 8: Two Music Teaching Approaches 9: How do Students describe a Meaningful Music Classroom? Part IV: Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy in Music Education 10: Musical Epistemology and Music Education Part V: Moving Forward Toward Culturally Sustaining Music Pedagogy 11: Practical Implications for the Music Classroom 12: Towards a Framework for Culturally Sustaining Music Pedagogy


    Emily Good-Perkins is an Instructor of Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, and the History and Philosophy of Music Education. She is also the Founder and Executive Director for the non-profit organization, Voicing Futures.