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Race and Curriculum

Music in Childhood Education

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Ruth Iana Gustafson
    Pages 1-16
  3. Ruth Iana Gustafson
    Pages 17-34
  4. Ruth Iana Gustafson
    Pages 35-59
  5. Ruth Iana Gustafson
    Pages 81-102
  6. Ruth Iana Gustafson
    Pages 103-122
  7. Ruth Iana Gustafson
    Pages 145-163
  8. Ruth Iana Gustafson
    Pages 165-182
  9. Ruth Iana Gustafson
    Pages 183-203
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 205-264

About this book


This book focuses on the near total attrition of African American students from school music programmes and the travesty of democratic education that it symbolizes. Gustafson shows how understanding this history makes a space for change without resorting to the simplistic conclusion that the schools and teachers are racist.


childhood education democratic education education

About the authors

RUTH GUSTAFSON is Assistant Professor of Education at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

Bibliographic information


'This book deals with music education, but I think its intent, and the intellectual trajectory it traces, go far beyond the realm of music, and shows how schooling has become 'raced' in a way so pervasive, yet so invisible, that we have to look deeply to see this tendency as anything but natural and inevitable...Gustafson's work has the potential to reach beyond the area of music education to speak to a large variety of issues and problems facing educators today." - Theodora Lightfoot, Professor of Bilingual Education, University of Illinois at Chicago

"Race and Curriculum: Music in Childhood Education is a wonderful, groundbreaking book. By addressing the long-overlooked topic of race in music education and by taking a broad interdisciplinary approach to her analysis, Gustafson points historical research in music education in new and important directions." - Julia Eklund Koza, Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the School of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison