Naming the World

YEAR: 2020

Constructing an activist music education

Dr Juliet hess

My book, Music Education for Social Change: Constructing an Activist Music Education (2019) considers the work of 20 activist-musicians—individuals who identify as both activist and musician—and explores how music educators could construct an activist music education in K-12 schooling. This project was meant to be practical and suggest a path forward for the K-12 classroom.

To make this work accessible to teachers, the Agrigento grant enabled me to: 1) develop a comprehensive curriculum based on the work of activist-musicians; and 2) develop a series of three workshops, based on the primary tenets of the book: a pedagogy of community, a pedagogy of expression, and a pedagogy of noticing.

To download a free copy of Constructing an Activist Music Education: A 6-12 Curriculum, click here.

Project Lead

Dr Juliet Hess

Assistant Professor of Music, Michigan State University, USA

Land Acknowledgement

We collectively acknowledge that Michigan State University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg – Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. In particular, the University resides on Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw. We recognize, support, and advocate for the sovereignty of Michigan’s twelve federally-recognized Indian nations, for historic Indigenous communities in Michigan, for Indigenous individuals and communities who live here now, and for those who were forcibly removed from their Homelands. By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and will work to hold Michigan State University more accountable to the needs of American Indian and Indigenous peoples.  Land Acknowledgement developed by AIIS