Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-10-11 05:03:57



Honors Course

Senior Honors Project: Music

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Music

Date of Expected Graduation

Fall 2023


In recent years, social movements have raised awareness on issues like whitewashing and the oppression of minority voices in fields such as music. These social movements have drawn attention to the cultural appropriation that sometimes occurs in music classrooms. Outcomes from recent legislation proposals and social conflicts across the United States threaten to limit educational opportunities. Although many people have understood these pieces of legislation to affect topics such as history and English, it may also affect music education. When choosing music to teach their students, music educators are often challenged as many songs have questionable pasts and make references that may be offensive to minority groups. These challenges, in addition to recent social conflicts and threatening legislation, demand an examination into the debates surrounding education, music of a questionable past, and how educators and musicians with different backgrounds deal with those tensions.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Christine Russell

First Reader

Dr. Todd Gaffke

Second Reader

Dr. Marc Reed

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Marc Reed

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