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    College Music Department Pledges to Remove ‘Systemic Racism’ From Curriculum

    College Music Department Pledges to Remove ‘Systemic Racism’ From Curriculum

    “European tonal scales/intervals will be compared with other cultural tonal systems in the theory classes, and be further investigated in the global music course”

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    In too many places, the progressive agenda is more important than the actual subject of study.

    The College Fix reports:

    College music department pledges to remove the ‘systemic racism’ from its curriculum

    The music department of Meredith College has promised to tackle racism problems, according to a news release from the university.

    The private college in North Carolina has pledged to change the way it picks music, highlight a diverse set of musicians and overall create a more inclusive curriculum, according to the September 25 statement.

    “Having been aware of systemic racism in housing, banking, education, etc., I have to admit that I was not truly aware of how that systemic racism was built into our curriculum in music and music education,” Jeanie Wozencrat-Ornellas, the music department head, said in the news release.

    She stated she plans a number of changes as part of the music department’s contribution to the university’s overall anti-racism plans.

    It includes a curriculum revision that will promote the “inclusion of marginalized musicians” including an addition of the “contributions of BIPOC, women, and LGBTQ musicians.” BIPOC refers to black, indigenous and people of color.

    “European tonal scales/intervals will be compared with other cultural tonal systems in the theory classes, and be further investigated in the global music course, including harmonies, tones, rhythms, and notation not used in western music,” the university noted.

    Improperly labeled songs will also be removed from the playlist.

    Music department faculty will take “definitive steps … to purge ensemble libraries of inappropriate selections,” including “‘Chinese folk songs’ that include neither Chinese poetry nor harmonies, and are written by white composers.”

    The choral director at the university also criticized her own field for not being “proactive” enough in “anti-racism.”


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    Groundhog Day | October 1, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    “BIPOC refers to black, indigenous and people of color.”

    That’s wrong – BIPOC’s are ‘black indigenous people of color’, describing African Americans – because they do not want to be in the same group with other people of color (hint: slavery). So to sum it up: there are BIPOC’s (African Americans) and POC’s (all the other colors, including blacks like Ilhan Omar with no slavery history), Thank you, Left…

    DSHornet | October 3, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Personal experience.

    Years ago I was in the choir at a large church. We prepared for a denominational missions conference at the church by performing several numbers in other languages, including Mandarin. We were coached by a Chinese woman from the foreign languages at the nearby very large public university, and she was very complementary of our efforts. After we sang at the conference, a missionary couple who had been in China for decades told us our pronunciation and tonal performance were *_absolutely perfect_*.

    No pandering, just a lot of work to get it right, and we all enjoyed learning how to do it differently from what we were accustomed to.

    MajorWood | October 4, 2020 at 11:16 am

    I knew Jeanie Wozencraft-Ornellas at Oberlin as a friend of a friend, so it has been a good 40 years since I have seen her in person. I suspect she has been caught up in the fervor put forth by every issue of the alumni magazine. Similarly, I doubt that the word “purge” was in the normal lexicon of a conservatory student. So kids, instead of our weekly Bach organ recital, a bunch of students will beat on hollow logs with sticks (Airplane movie reference).

    Speaking of which, I wonder when Paul Simon will be called out. Not that he did anything wrong, but he has money, and I am sure someone will try to extort it out of him some way for the Graceland Album. No good deed goes unpunished.

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