I wrote a post a few days ago about a recent study by the NAMM association on student music program participation and overall academic achievement. I somehow missed my IRIS Orchestra colleague and blogger Joshua Nemith’s post about the same subject. You can check out this excellent post from Josh here.
AfriClassical.com is a wonderful resource that presents information on classical composers and musicians of African heritage. It includes men and women from diverse populations around the globe, including Africans, African-Americans, Afro-Latin Americans, and Afro-Europeans. A broad historical range is covered from the 1700s up to the current day.
Many people do not realize the breadth of these contributions to the concert music tradition. It is true we often focus quite heavily on the “Dead White Guys” of the European art music tradition such as Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss, Mahler, etc. But all through this history non-whites have been composing, conducting, and performing music. Sometimes their art got noticed, many times it did not.
You can read the rest of Josh’s post here.
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