Doing "Their Music": Exploring Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Music Classroom

Open Access
Balestino, Veronica Anne
Area of Honors:
Music Education
Bachelor of Music Education
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Sarah H Watts, Thesis Supervisor
  • Linda Carol Porter Thornton, Honors Advisor
  • culturally responsive teaching
  • pedagogy
  • music education
  • pre-service teacher
  • culture
  • teaching philosophy
This paper provides an in-depth definition of culturally responsive teaching as it applies to the music classroom, and examines incorrect perceptions that have arisen throughout the development of this pedagogy. It provides a framework for what a music classroom would look like if run by a culturally responsive teacher. Finally, literature is explored and synthesized that addresses pre-service teacher preparation in the field of music education and its intersection with cultural responsiveness. An appendix in the form of a teacher’s guide is informed by the literature surrounding this topic. Developed to be a practical application of the research, the guide is intended for the pre-service teacher or experienced teacher in a new context.