• Tayler Boelk

    Tayler Boelk

    Class of 2017
    Duluth, MN
    English

    Tayler's Bio:
    My name is Tayler and I was an English major/biology minor at the College of St. Scholastica! I have lived in Duluth all of my life so I know all the best local restaurants and hiking trails. On campus, I was involved with The Cable, Bella Voce, the Northstar Reports, the McNair Scholars Program, Student Support Services, and the English & Arts Club. Off campus, I volunteered with Mentor Duluth and enjoy throwing theme parties with friends and family.

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    Graduate Student
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    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    Tayler Boelk

    Class of 2017
    Duluth, MN
    English

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    Class of 2017
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    Social Work

Music Education and Social Justice

This evening I attended the keynote speaker for the New Directions in Music Education Conference. The conference is all about enacting social justice through music education. Even though I am not part of the music education system, my McNair Scholars research project “A Rhetorical Analysis of Still I Rise” is relevant to some of the goals discussed on the opening speech by Dorinda Carter Andrews. She discussed how colonized the current music education system is as it focuses mainly on what is considered classical music: Beethoven, Bach, Mozart.  What resonated most to me was her point that someone decided it was classical music and that it should be taught. Dr. Andrews went on to say that this style of education is not only racialized, gendered, and geographically defined, but it prevents students from having the opportunity to see what their music can look like in the modern world. If we only show them glum looking portraits of old men playing a classical music in concert halls, they will never know that they can play in a jazz club, that they can beatbox while they play, or that there are so many other instruments available than what is considered “classical”. Dr. Andrews pulled ideas from a number of well-known educators and theorized that to combat this colonization of music, educators need to be more conscious of culturally responsive teaching and culturally relevant pedagogy. Start including composers and performers that look, sound, and perform differently. Give students the opportunity to experience more music than the “classics” so they have the opportunity to find something that resonates with them.

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