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

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

Chair: Johnathan Hamiel
[email protected]

Inclusive Vision for Music Education Webinar Series
Saturday, October 17 at 11:00 AM

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.

  • The History of Hip-Hop and Its Place In the Music Education Classroom
    Speaker: Thomas Taylor | Date: December 5 11:00 AM
  • 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 3 11:00 AM


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