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Diverse Voices in Music Scholarship and Repertoire

This guide provides a first step to research on music from diverse voices.

General Resources

The following guide outlines the research challenges confronted while searching for marginalized voices within problematic information systems and highlights resources that start researchers on their journey:

The following guide provides general information and research resources on anti-Black racism, anti-racist learning and practice, the Black Lives Matter movement, and related activist movements:

General Search Strategies

To do general research on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and anti-racism in music, you will want to brainstorm keywords. Here are a few examples of search queries:

diversity AND music teaching

anti-racism AND music theory

LGBTQ AND music education

Queer musicology

perceptions women composers


Other keywords:

Diversity: equity, marginalized, inclusion, underprivileged groups, minorities, anti-racism, racism, sexism, white supremacy, heteronormative, ableism, neurodiversity, neurodivergent, decolonization, etc.

Music: musicology, ethnomusicology, music educators, orchestra, musical ensembles, music scholarship, music students, choir, choral, music literature, composers, music therapy, etc.

Key Music Resources in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Anti-Racism

Here are a few key resources to get you started on challenges faced by marginalized musicians and scholars and DEI in music scholarship and performance: