Date of Award
Music, Diversity, Curriculum, Band, Repertoire, Composer
Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Music Education | Music Performance | Music Practice
One problem seen in music education curriculum today is the underrepresentation of Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian (BBIA), and female composers in the band ensemble repertoire. Throughout history, these composers have been excluded in the curriculum causing an overrepresentation of white non-Hispanic male composers. Some music education organizations are beginning to address this issue but, few, if any, have addressed the problem in the band classroom setting. This project examined the repertoires selected in the first ten volumes of the Teaching Music through Performance in Band series to examine how representative the composers included in the series were to the K-12 student population. The study found that BBIA and female composers are underrepresented throughout the first ten volumes of the series. This curriculum and other band curriculums should be researched, reevaluated, and revised for future use in the music classroom.
Turnquist, Alicia M., "Representation of Women & BBIA Composers in the Teaching Music through Performance in Band Series" (2022). Honors Thesis. 268.