Tradition and Diversity: Power and Innovation

February 24, 25, 26, and 27, 2020

In connection with SUNY Potsdam’s continuing focus on diversity in higher education and The Crane School of Music’s Music Education department’s concentrated examination of diversity, inclusion and equity in music education, the Spring 2020 Joy Douglass Visiting Master Teaching Event will host a four-day focus on critical examination of tradition and diversity, with a special emphasis on power and innovation. 

Crane, the Campus Community, and the Public are welcome to attend all events. 

Aims and Learning Goals

What is tradition? What is diversity?  How are these ideas related? What role does power and innovation play in the intersection of both?  How are these questions situated in the PreK-12 school setting and in the education of music teachers in institutions of higher education?   

The 2020 spring focus for the JDVMT event explores each of these questions and embraces the need for critical thinking in PreK-12 and higher education music education about the intersection of these ideas. A specific aim is to explore deeply how diversity and tradition work in tandem and in tension, while simultaneously recognizing the need to examine both of these ideas through issues of class, race, and gender. A second aim is to make visible how power and the effect of power are embedded in tradition and diversity and how systems of thinking either support and or transform existing social conditions.  

Major learning goals for all attendees are: 

  1. Develop an awareness of how unequal power is reproduced and contested in educational institutions through concepts such as diversity,  tradition, innovation,
  2. Identify how educational institutions (e.g., public school K-12/higher education music education programs) provide one of the major mechanisms through which power is maintained and challenged,
  3. Generate sets of questions with which to engage during confrontations with conflicting ideologies and dominant power structures, and
  4. Generate innovative ideas that music teachers can use in classrooms situated in traditions that obstruct and thwart efforts to expand diversity and control opportunity.