How we study music: navigating the whitewash

Dr Hannah Marie Robbins discusses how the teaching of music can be white-washed, and how teachers and researchers can disrupt the all too familiar narratives I was raised in North-West London in the 1990s, not so far from Wembley Stadium and minutes from the Notting Hill Carnival, which meant that “music” was part of the… Read More

Music in education: a living relic of Western Europe’s colonial mentality

by Nathan Holder Since music entered the National Curriculum in 1988, the UK’s approach to musical education has been grounded in Western Classical traditions. From Palestrina to Schoenberg, Baroque to 20th Century Experimentalism, students are routinely taught the fundamentals of the art largely by studying ‘The Great Composers’, by learning the conventions of western classical… Read More

‘Her nose was straight with a soft tip at the end’ — Writing Race at School

by Clare Warner  The set texts for GCSE English literature still strongly favour the works of Anglo-British novelists, poets and playwrights above all others. Although many educators and academics have rightly critiqued the Eurocentrism of the National Curriculum, few studies have attempted to demonstrate and quantify the impact on students of a Eurocentric curriculum, which… Read More