Call for Contributions for Edited Collection
(Working Title): Teaching and Learning Difficult Topics in the Music Classroom
At the same moment as the institution of academia is reaching a critical juncture, we find ourselves in a world in which the inescapable news cycle assaults our daily existence. As educators we must consider why and how to incorporate not only the events that happen on a near-daily basis, but our own and our students' reactions and responses as we process them both individually and as a society.We seek to explore multiple dimensions of teaching difficult topics in the music classroom. We hope to include essays on specific "hows" of teaching a set of issues or questions and authors' reflections on the "whys" of doing this significant work - within Music programs / departments; within the pre-professional tracks of music education, music therapy, etc; and more broadly within the liberal arts curricula. Authors might also share how they are working among and with the diverse levels of curricula and institutional frameworks, exploring practices that create and hold space for courses that engage these subjects. We urge contributors to keep in mind the specific nature of addressing such topics within the music classroom - what is it about music that gives us as educators and learners a singular position from which to do this brave and necessary work?