Episode 14:  Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access: What’s the Hold-Up? an interview with Dr. Karen Howard

Shouldn’t diversity, equity, inclusion, and access be central to all of our learning with students and teachers? Dr. Karen Howard shares context and practices to further diversity, equity, inclusion, and access and move music education forward. With a focus on teaching practices in music education and beyond, Dr. Howard shares her research, as well as the research of others, to inform possible evolutions in our practices in music teaching and learning. This episode highlights an incredible number of resources – both academic and pedagogical. You don’t want to miss this one!

Karen Howard

Dr. Karen Howard

Associate Professor of Music 

University of St. Thomas

Karen has extensive training in global vocal, instrumental, and dance traditions. She has presented nationally and internationally helping music teachers around the world to make meaningful connections with music, dance, and people of diverse cultures and navigating the creation of learning experiences that promote and celebrate equity and fight racism. Her research interests and publications include works on ethnomusicology, critical pedagogy, knowledge construction, anti-bias pedagogy, and global music traditions.


Nyssa Brown: I have always believed that anything is truly possible – and my life experience reinforces this belief. I have had the honor of teaching in schools in 5 different countries and facilitating professional development for teachers from 6 continents. And just when my mind and heart seem full, there is a person or an experience that broadens my world even further.


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