In This Episode
Ethnomusicology was a little-understood concept for our host Thea Wood, so she found an expert on the subject! Kelley Glover is an ethnomusicologist, teacher, and entrepreneur who created, composed, and produced the music education game app and cartoon UBetterSing! One of her goals is to educate music lovers about ethnomusicology, systematic racism, colonization practices, and how they affect music academia. Kelley’s research and stories stem from her personal experiences and research at Howard University and public education music programs as both a student and teacher. This episode contains frank and sometimes difficult topics that we need to understand so we can all create and enjoy music that we believe in, relate to, and love.
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In this episode, Kelley covers:
– Her relation to famous celebrities (Danny Glover isn’t one of them!).
– Defining ethnomusicology, music appropriation in the classroom, and the white washing of blackface minstrel songs.
– Mandated classical-European musical instruction and its limitations on diverse music genres in academia.
– Research projects with Texas State University and HeartMath on the relation between stress, music, and meditation.
– Her music education program UBetterSing! and its goal to educate the next generation in a modern, diverse, and entertaining way.
And, of course, Kelley’s answers to The Shakedown!
Guest, ethnomusicologist, and UBetterSing! Creator: Kelley Glover
Host: Thea Wood
Produced and edited by: Thea Wood and Podcast Engineers
Social Media coordinator: Eleanor Bush
Intern: Yaritza Torres
Theme music: Pond5
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