Inclusive Vision for Music Education

The NCMEA Multi-Cultural Awareness Commission was created “to increase our understanding of and appreciation for the manner in which NAfME and our own state organization have responded to critical issues regarding music, education, and our society.” Although the name has changed multiple times over decades (est. 1973 NAfME, and est. 1980 NCMEA), its intent has always been to demonstrate the meaning of our motto, “Music for every child; every child for music.”

Over time, “multi-cultural” has become a term that blankets a wide range of cultures and does not encourage an in-depth understanding. Desiring a more appropriate identifier and wanting to mirror the work that NAfME is doing on the national level (see the Cook Ross Executive Summary Report), NCMEA leadership agreed to change the name “Multi-Cultural Awareness” to “Inclusive Vision for Music Education (IVfME).”

– Jazzmone Sutton
NCMEA Immediate Past President & IVfME Chair

Read a brief history of the Multi-Cultural Awareness Commission.

IVfME Chair: Jazzmone Sutton
[email protected]

Inclusive Vision for Music Education Webinar Series
Saturday, December 5 at 11:00 AM

Have No Fear: Hip Hop is Here
The History of Hip-Hop and Its Place In the Music Education Classroom

Author and Presenter: Thomas E. Taylor, Jr. is a full-time percussion professor at North Carolina Central University and he’s on the Jazz faculty at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he teaches drumset and Hip Hop music appreciation classes.

This session will explore the origins of Hip Hop, provide fun listening exercises, and provide ideas of incorporating Hip Hop in your class. Currently, Hip Hop shows up in nearly everyone’s daily life. Historically, music education focused on a narrow scope of musical styles that have excluded many. A large percentage of our students know and love hip hop music and culture, while some of us didn’t grow up with it and may not share the same passion. It is a good idea to try to find ways to connect with our students and Taylor believes Hip Hop music and culture is the “essential link”. If we want “musical passion” and music education to grow in the classroom, we should embrace the practice of including Hip Hop as part of the music curriculum.


Culturally Responsive Teaching: What It Is and Why It’s Important In Music Education

Author and Presenter: Dr. Connie McKoy, Marion Stedman Covington Distinguished Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at UNCG School of Music.

This session provides an overview of four principles of culturally responsive teaching, and how music teachers can apply these principles effectively to make learning more meaningful for students.

If you weren’t able to see it live, you can watch the presentation here.


Future IVfME Webinars

The Inclusive Vision for Music Education (IVfME) Committee has planned a series of Webinars as a resource for music educators to implement diverse and inclusive curriculum.

  • Gospel Pedagogy and Its Use In the Music Classroom
    Speaker: Dr. Jason Thompson | February 20 11:00 AM
  • Evolution of Contemporary Gospel Drumming
    Speaker: Dr. Lamon Lawhorn | April 10 11:00 AM


The webinar series is sponsored in part with a grant from the CMA Foundation.