Take a moment

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If you’ve been around for a while now, you’ll know that I think we have a lot to learn and challenge in music education. And I think it’s important that we all take a moment to reflect on what we do and how we do it.

A huge part of my journey as a music educator has been the founding of the arts collective, the (In)Equal Temperament Project. If you’re curious, just follow the link, because this post is not about me.

At an online seminar I attended because of my arts collective, I got to hear Nate Holder talk. I would say speak, but he actually wasn’t meant to be one of the speakers. But the people speaking had a great deal of respect for him, and asked his opinion so much he essentially became part of the panel. They kept mentioning his poem, ‘If I were a racist…’

Of course I went and read it. And now I think that every person that calls themselves any kind of music teacher should read it too.

So that’s all today’s post is. Go read it. Here’s the link.

Oh, and take a moment. Really take a moment, and think about what it means for you as a music educator.

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