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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
Evaluating Teaching Literature for Cultural Sensitivities and Inclusive Practices

July 12-13, 2022

Leah Claiborne, Seminar Lead
Guest Presenters: J.P. Murphy and William Chapman Nyaho


In this dynamic two-day session, attendees explore, examine, and evaluate teaching literature to ensure that their chosen repertoire is inclusive and culturally sensitive. During the interactive sessions, attendees explore folk tunes commonly found in teaching repertoire, examine problematic historical origins, and learn which countries are represented by these folk melodies. The first day concludes with an exploration of diverse repertoire at various levels, which will lead to an understanding of how the music can be utilized in studio teaching.

On the second day, the seminar explores a range of tools and approaches needed to begin the process of evaluating teaching repertoire. The presenters will guide this carefully crafted process, and attendees will have the opportunity to analyze their own chosen repertoire using these evaluation steps. The day concludes with an open discussion and question-answer session to summarize final thoughts and ideas explored throughout the seminar.


SEMINAR COST: $275 per seminar or $175 for students
With DISCOUNT: $249 for current subscribers and course enrollees
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 18, 2022 (prices increase $50 at this time)

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Schedule  Schedule: All Times Listed in EDT (click for details)



Tuesday, July 12:
12:00-1:30 PM | Problematic Folk Influences in Teaching Repertoire (J.P. Murphy and Leah Claiborne)
  • Examine how certain folk tunes used in our teaching repertoire are rooted in offensive and oppressive cultural materials, and consider the lack of diversity represented with these folk melodies. In this session, the presenters will share insights about commonly used tunes that many may not know can be offensive. With greater awareness of cultural origins, teachers can begin to choose more culturally sensitive material for their students. The music discussed will be representative of folk tunes in method books, teaching materials for intermediate and advanced students, as well as collegiate pedagogy materials.
1:30-2:00 PM | Break
2:00-3:30 PM | Utilizing Diverse Repertoire (Leah Claiborne and William Chapman Nyaho)
  • Explore a range of diverse piano music at all skill levels. The session features teaching examples, performances, and pedagogical discussion.
3:30-4:30 PM | Breakout Rooms
  • Attendees are asked to share their favorite diverse teaching materials and discuss pedagogical benefits experienced when using this repertoire.
4:30-5:00 PM | Closing Remarks
  • Engage in a facilitated question-answer session and discussion of recurring themes.


Wedesday, July 13:
12:00-1:30 PM | How Do You Know What Literature Could Be Offensive? (Leah Claiborne)
  • Evaluate teaching materials commonly found in teaching studios. An introductory section will provide tools and approaches that can help teachers take practical steps toward informed assessment of their teaching materials. Attendees have an opportunity to evaluate their chosen teaching material in an extended, facilitated breakout session.
1:30-2:00 PM | Break
2:00-3:00 PM | Facilitated Breakout Session
3:00-4:00 PM | How Do You Address Culturally Sensitive Material? (Leah Claiborne and William Chapman Nyaho)
  • Explore culturally sensitive material in a safe and monitored space. Attendees are asked to submit questions, in advance, for the panelists to consider.
4:00-5:00 PM | Closing Session
  • The final event brings together the ideas from the seminar, through purposeful action steps and a summary of important discoveries.


Schedule is subject to change.

LeahClaiborne    Seminar Lead Bio: Leah Claiborne

Leah Claiborne, DMA, promotes diversity in the arts by championing piano music by Black composers in her performances, research, and teaching. She received her undergraduate degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and her Masters of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Michigan. Dr. Claiborne currently teaches at the University of the District of Columbia where she serves as coordinator of keyboard studies and teaches the History of African American Music.

JP Murphy    Guest Presenter Bio: J.P. Murphy

J. P. Murphy is Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Oklahoma where he teaches piano pedagogy, applied piano, and keyboard skills. His research has been presented nationally at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum (GP3), and the MTNA Collegiate Piano Pedagogy Symposium. His article, The Neglected Consolations of Franz Liszt, is published in the Piano Magazine. Murphy earned a DMA from the University of Oklahoma, and holds additional degrees from SUNY Fredonia and the Manhattan School of Music.

WilliamChapmanNyaho    Guest Presenter Bio: William Chapman Nyaho

William Chapman Nyaho earned his degrees from St. Peter’s College, Oxford University, the Eastman School of Music and the University of Texas at Austin. He also studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, Switzerland. Chapman Nyaho currently serves on the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University and runs his private piano studio in Seattle. Washington. He is also on the summer faculty of Interlochen Center for the Arts. As an active solo recitalist, duo pianist, chamber musician and lecturer, his passion is advocating music by composers of African descent.

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