RESOURCES

REFERENCE TERMS

Diversity- the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.

Equity- the quality of being fair and impartial.

Inclusion- the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure.

Accessibility- the quality of being able to be reached or entered. 

Allyship- an active, consistent, and arduous practice of unlearning and re-evaluating, in which a person holding systemic power seeks to end oppressions in solidarity with a group of people who are systemically.  disempowered.

White Savior- a critical description of a white person who is depicted as liberating, rescuing or uplifting non-white people. 

The term white savior is a sarcastic or critical description of a white person who is depicted as liberating, rescuing or uplifting non-white people; it is critical in the sense that it describes a pattern in which third world peoples are denied agency and are seen as passive recipients of white benevolence.

Microaggressions- a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority.

RESOURCES FOR REPERTOIRE BY UNDERREPRESENTED COMPOSERS

HOW CAN I HELP?

-Educate Yourself
-Be an Ally

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF AS A BAND DIRECTOR

1. Am I programming repertoire that represents and educates my students about other cultures?
2. When I program music by minority composers, do I honor them by
explaining the background and significance of the piece?
3. Do my teaching policies work to support diversity, equity, and inclusion?
4. Do I create a space where my students feel included and seen?

RESOURCES FOR EQUITY