SMT 2019: Committee on Diversity Session in Columbus

Session theme: “Diversity in Music Theory Pedagogy”
(Friday, November 8, 2019, from 2:15 – 5:30 pm)

 

Please fill out this form to sign up for the session.

(By signing up, you will get a free lamellophone-making kit with your name and the SMT logo on it—see pictures below! Filling out the form will also help us know how many instrument-making kits we will need to provide, how many tables and chairs we will need for the session, and so on.)

 

Please click here for a handout on how to make lamellophones

 

Session description

Part 1. Instrument-making activity (30 minutes)

Quintina Carter-Ényì (University of Georgia), moderator
Marvin Wayne Allen (Morehouse College)
Ariel Alvarado (Spelman College)
Elaina Blake (Spelman College)
Donovan Polk (Morehouse College)
Shelby Richardson (Spelman College)
Ridge White (Morehouse College)

The above facilitators will lead participants in an instrument-making activity with materials provided by Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, commonly found on college and university campuses (e.g. laser cutters).

 

Part 2. Lightning talks on diversifying music theory pedagogy (120 minutes)

John Roeder (University of British Columbia): “World Music as a Resource for Teaching Music Theory”

Nancy Rao (Rutgers University): “Including Music by Diverse Composers: Redefine Modes of Analysis”

Robin Attas (Queen’s University): “Working with Diverse Student Populations in the Classroom”

 

Each talk will be followed by a 20-minute breakout discussion between the members of the audiences.

 

Part 3. Performance activity (30 minutes)

In this last activity, the lamellophones made in Part 1 will be returned to the audience after having been tuned. Once the instruments are returned, workshop facilitators will guide groups of participants through performance activities responding to the three topics of the lightning talks.

  • Learning a transcription of a cyclical process from Balinese Gamelan music
  • Studying and practicing a new composition by Emily Koh (University of Georgia)
  • Aural training exercises using lamellophones

 

These performance activities will demonstrate multi-sensory learning strategies for the classroom, and tools that may be used to implement the action items discussed in Part 2, without significant cost to a department or school of music.