Sound Pedagogy

Radical Care in Music
Author: Edited by Colleen Renihan, John Spilker, and Trudi Wright
Foreword by William Cheng
Guidance for implementing music pedagogies of care and intersectional equity
Cloth – $125
Paper – $28
eBook – $19.95
Publication Date
Paperback: 02/06/2024
Cloth: 02/06/2024
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About the Book

Music education today requires an approach rooted in care and kindness that coexists alongside the dismantling of systems that fail to serve our communities in higher education. But, as the essayists in Sound Pedagogy show, the structural aspects of music study in higher education present obstacles to caring and kindness like the entrenched master-student model, a neoliberal individualist and competitive mindset, and classical music’s white patriarchal roots. The editors of this volume curate essays that use a broad definition of care pedagogy, one informed by interdisciplinary scholarship and aimed at providing practical strategies for bringing transformative learning and engaged pedagogies to music classrooms. The contributors draw from personal experience to address issues including radical kindness through universal design; listening to non-human musicality; public musicology as a forum for social justice discourse; and radical approaches to teaching about race through music.

Contributors: Molly M. Breckling, William A. Everett, Kate Galloway, Sara Haefeli, Eric Hung, Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Mark Katz, Nathan A. Langfitt, Matteo Magarotto, Mary Natvig, Frederick A. Peterbark, Laura Moore Pruett, Colleen Renihan, Amanda Christina Soto, John Spilker, Reba A. Wissner, and Trudi Wright

* Publication was supported by a grant from the Howard D. and Marjorie I. Brooks Fund for Progressive Thought and the General Fund of the American Musicological Society. Publication was also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Queen's University's Queens Scholarly Publishing Fund.

About the Author

Colleen Renihan is an associate professor and Queen’s National Scholar in Music Theatre and Opera at Queen’s University. She is the author of The Operatic Archive: American Opera as History. John Spilker is an associate professor of music at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Trudi Wright is an associate professor of music and director of the music program at Regis University.



“A direct call for action grounded in the day-to-day work we do as teachers. Inspired by recent work in musicology and related fields, this is the first collection that brings scholars, teachers, and administrators together to think collectively about student wellbeing and the need for instructors to center care in their pedagogy.”--Loren Kajikawa, author of Sounding Race in Rap Songs