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We welcome your help in curating this bibliography. To suggest additional resources, comments, or insights related to inclusive teaching, please contact the following librarians directly, or fill out this form.

Thanks to Marcie Ray for her help in suggesting resources for this bibliography.

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Databases & Terms Searched: 

The search terms used for this bibliography included "inclusive", "music classroom," "pedagogy", "music and diversity," and "music education." In order to cast a wide net for search results, the searches were done in MSU Libraries Search Plus instead of limiting to one discipline-specific database.


Many of the results found while preparing this bibliography were focused on K-12 teaching environments and ensemble and/or performance-based classrooms. While some of the resources here do include the university level music classroom setting, this is clearly an area that could benefit from additional research and scholarship concerning inclusive teaching. 

Relevant Journals: 

Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education

Journal of Music History Pedagogy

Music Education Research

Research Studies in Music Education

Teaching Music



Garrett, M.L. & Spano, FP. (2017). An Examination of LGBTQ-Inclusive Strategies used by Practicing Music Educators. Research Studies in Music Education, 39(1), 39-56.

Crawford, R. (2019). Socially inclusive practices in the music classroom: The impact of music education used as a vehicle to engage refugee background students. Research Studies in Music Education

Berman, A. S. (2017). Creating an LGBTQ-friendly music program: how can music educators ensure that their classrooms are safe, inclusive learning environments for their LGBTQ students? Teaching Music, 24(3), 34-39.

Mezvinsky, M. (2018). Teaching Strategies for More Inclusive Practices for Strings Students. Teaching Music, 26 (1), 24-25.

Darrow, A.A., & Adamek, M. (2018). Instructional Strategies for the Inclusive Music Classroom. General Music Today, 31(3), 61–65.

Cherfas, L., Casciano, R., & Wiggins, M. A. (2018). It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop: Estimating the Impact of a Culturally Responsive Classroom Intervention on Student Outcomes. Urban Education

Rodríguez, L.F. (2009). Dialoguing, Cultural Capital, and Student Engagement: Toward a Hip Hop Pedagogy in the High School and University Classroom. Equity & Excellence in Education, 42 (1), 20-35.

Shevock, D.J. (2015). Reflections on Freirean Pedagogy in a Jazz Combo Lab. Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, 14(2), 85-121.

Kelly, L.L. (2016). "You Don't have to Claim Her": Reconstructing Black Femininity through Critical Hip-Hop Literacy. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 59(5), 529-538.

Hess, J. (2017). Equity in Music Education: Why Equity and Social Justice in Music Education? Music Educators Journal, 104 (1), 71–73.

Palkki, J. (2017). Inclusivity in Action: Transgender Students in the Choral Classroom. The Choral Journal, 57(11), 20-35.

Draper, E.A. (2019). Including Students with Severe Disabilities in Music Classrooms. General Music Today, 32 (3), 23-25.

Fuelberth, R., and Todd, C. (2017). 'I Dream a World’: Inclusivity in Choral Music Education. Music Educators Journal, 104 (2), 38–44.

Epstein, L.K., and Okonek, T. (2019). Mind the Gap: Inclusive Pedagogies for Diverse Classrooms. Journal of Music History Pedagogy, 9 (2), 119-172.

Ritchey, M. (2019). “What Does This Artwork Ask of Me?” Using Challenging Music To Teach Empathy and Empowerment. Journal of Music History Pedagogy, 9 (1), 4-27. 

Hartford, K.L. (2016). Beyond the Trigger Warning: Teaching Operas that Depict Sexual Violence. Journal of Music History Pedagogy, 7 (1), 19-34.

Stefaniak, A. (2019). Remaking the Canon in their Own Images: Creative Writing Projects in the Music History Classroom. Journal of Music History Pedagogy, 9 (2), 195-214.

Quaglia, B.W. (2015). Planning for Student Variability: Universal Design for Learning in the Music Theory Classroom and Curriculum. Music Theory Online, 21 (1).

Contact Info

Grace Haynes
Music Librarian
(517) 353-1857