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6717 Cultural Responsiveness in the 21st Century Music Classroom

Music education is most commonly constructed in a paradigm that marginalizes non-dominant cultures, even while our society is transforming into an increasingly more diverse community. As music educators in the 21st century, we are tasked to acknowledge and proactively respond to challenges in progressive ways that will assist students toward realizing broader perspectives of learning through creativity, diversity and activism. This course explores how and why structures in music education continue to endorse and perpetuate inequities in education and society, and offers culturally responsive approaches that will assist music educators in confronting inequities in their respective spaces.


Instructors: Dr. Joyce McCall & Dr. Jason Thompson


Joyce McCall is a postdoctoral scholar and visiting assistant professor of music education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She earned a Ph.D. in Music Education from Arizona State University and a Master of Music Education and Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to her appointment at IU, she served as an assistant band director at MacArthur High School in Houston, Texas. She has also served as a woodwind and marching band specialist in Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. 

In efforts to create more inclusive structures in music and education, McCall’s research focuses on how the intersections of race, class, and culture might inform or obstruct learning and teaching in educational settings. Her research also includes finding ways to use digital platforms such as Traktor, Virtual DJ, and Cross DJ to further expand the possibilities of music composition and initiate dialogue regarding socio-cultural issues that might not otherwise be explored. Towards intersecting pedagogical and therapeutic practices to address cognitive, emotional, physical, and social needs, McCall’s future research will center on how music therapy might assist students grappling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in K-12 settings due to traumatic experiences encountered outside the classroom. 

McCall has presented sessions and research at the American Educators Research Association (AERA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE), the MayDay Group Colloquium, the Mountain Lake Colloquium, and the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA). From 1999 to 2014, she has proudly served as a clarinetist in the United States Army Bands. McCall was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Previous assignments include the 151st Army Band in Montgomery, Ala.; 41st Army Band in Jackson, Miss.; 36th Infantry Division Band in Austin, Texas and 108th Army Band in Phoenix, Arizona. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women.


Dr. Jason Thompson earned degrees in music education from Northwestern University (PhD), and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (MM, BM). He serves as an Assistant Professor of Music Teaching and Learning in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University where he teaches courses that explore sociocultural issues in music education, socially engaged practice in the arts, and arts in urban contexts. Additionally, Dr. Thompson serves as an Affiliate Professor in the School of Social Transformation and Affiliate Faculty with the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at ASU.

Dr. Thompson's research explores the ways in which culture influences and mediates music instruction and how music teachers develop the competencies needed for working in diverse teaching environments. His research has been published in professional journals including Music Education Research and Music Educators Journal, and has been presented at national and international conferences in the US, Canada, and the UK. His most current research, a 10k grant research projected funded by the National Association for Music Education and the Society of Research in Music Education, explores the community capacity and community cultural wealth that 13-18 year olds in the Greater Phoenix area use to "do" music in school music programs, in community music programs, and outside of both school and community contexts.

Dr. Thompson serves as Chair for the Western Division of the Society of Music Teacher Education and the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the Arizona State Chapter of America Choral Directors Association.


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6717 Cultural Responsiveness in the 21st Century Music Classroom

Dates: July 24-28
Graduate Credits: 3
Tuition: $990 due in full with registration
Location: VCM - TBD
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Register online by Friday, April 14, and save $50 per class!
Register online by Friday, May 19, and save $25 per class!
Only registrations received and paid in full by 12:00 noon CDT on the dates above (April 10 for $50, May 15 for $25)  are eligible for the discounts. Balances paid after initial registration do not qualify.

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