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1st Edition

Marginalized Voices in Music Education

Edited By

Brent C. Talbot

ISBN 9780415788335
Published October 19, 2017 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

Marginalized Voices in Music Education explores the American culture of music teachers by looking at marginalization and privilege in music education as a means to critique prevailing assumptions and paradigms. In fifteen contributed essays, authors set out to expand notions of who we believe we are as music educators -- and who we want to become. This book is a collection of perspectives by some of the leading and emerging thinkers in the profession, and identifies cases of individuals or groups who had experienced marginalization. It shares the diverse stories in a struggle for inclusion, with the goal to begin or expand conversation in undergraduate and graduate courses in music teacher education. Through the telling of these stores, authors hope to recast music education as fertile ground for transformation, experimentation and renewal.

Table of Contents


Brent C. Talbot

1. Speak No Evil: Talking Race as an African American in Music Education

Joyce McCall

2. Black Keys on a White Piano: A Negro Narrative of Double-Consciousness in American Music Education

Deejay Robinson & Karin Hendricks

3. Why Just Me (or Few Others) in Music Education?: An Autoethnographic Point of Departure

Darrin Thornton

4. Negotiating Communities of Practice in Music Education: Dorothy’s Narrative

Karin Hendricks & Dorothy

5. Cultural Straddling: The Double Life of a Mariachi Music Education Major

Carlos Castañeda & Margaret Schmidt

6. "Put Your Big Girl Panties On": A Female Band Director’s Career in a Culture of Masculinity

Colleen Sears

7. "Can’t I Sing with the Girls?": A Transgender Music Educator’s Journey

Sarah J. Bartolome & Melanie E. Stanford 

8. Like Putting a Circle with a Square: A (Voice-Variant) Choral Singer’s Story

Vanessa Bond 

9. Zeke’s Story: Intersections of Faith, Vocation, and LGBTQ Identity in the South

Don Taylor

10. A Case Study of Two Music Education Majors with Visual Impairment

Tami Draves, Elizabeth Parker, & Amy E. Spears




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Brent C. Talbot is Associate Professor of Music Education at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College.