Minstrelsy, Blackface, and Problematic Origins: How Racism Pervades in the American Canon

Saturday, January 30, 2021
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Description
For some, the traditions of minstrelsy and blackface in the United States may seem like a thing of the past, but music with racist roots continues to permeate the canon. This session will address the history of minstrelsy and how its influence lingers to this day. Session attendees will walk away with guidelines for determining if a piece’s origins are problematic, tools for working through discomfort, and how to talk with your students about the tradition of blackface in music performance.
Track
MMEA
Learner Outcome 1
Learn about the history and practice of minstrelsy in the United States.
Learner Outcome 2
Learn about songs performed to this day that have problematic origins and how it impacts your classroom.
Learner Outcome 3
Develop guidelines for inclusive song selection, tools for working through discomfort, and how to talk with students about blackface.
Target Audience
Choral, Elementary, Strings, Band, General Education