Learning From Those Who Serve: Formative Experiences of DEI Leaders

Friday, January 28, 2022
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM


Many music educators report feeling un(der)prepared to create change toward more diverse, equitable, and inclusive music education. We surveyed DEI leaders from music education professional organizations in the US (N = 74) to find out what, if any, formal education and out-of-school experiences prepared participants (n = 62) to lead. Many of these leaders still do not feel prepared, and those who do often were not prepared through their college program. We then completed interviews with selected informants (n = 18) to learn more about these formative experiences and elicit suggestions for music educator preparation. In this presentation, we focus on implications and suggestions for practicing teachers who want to create more equitable and just spaces.

Learning Objective 1
Participants will learn about the lived experiences of DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) leaders in music education.
Learning Objective 2
Participants will explore practical considerations for making learning relevant for the students in their music classrooms.
Learning Objective 3
Participants will engage with implications for music educators and music teacher educators.
Target Audiences
Choral, Elementary, Strings, Band, General Education
Session Level
Elementary, MS/JH, High School, Collegiate, Administrator, Retired
Session Type