Pursuing diversity and inclusivity through hip hop music genres: Insights for mainstream music curricula

Pete Dale, Pamela Burnard*, Simon Glenister, Jim Reiss, Raphael Travis, Elliot Gann, Alinka Greasley

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In this chapter we review new understandings on the diversity and inclusive practice of hip hop as a music genre and its immense importance to music educators. This chapter draws together an initial exchange of ideas drawn from an Arts and Humanities Research Council–funded network called Contemporary Urban Music for Inclusion Network (or CUMiN for short). By ‘contemporary urban music’, we mean hip hop, grime, contemporary R&B, house, techno and more. Given that hip hop is arguably the most listened to music in the world, we make the case for the inclusion of hip hop in mainstream music curricula. Furthermore, we offer insights into how new research in this field might encourage the introduction of hip hop into mainstream music curricula.
KEYWORDS: hip hop, mainstream music curricula, diversity and inclusion
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication The Routledge Companion to Creativities in Music Education
EditorsPamela Burnard, Clint Randles
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781003248194
ISBN (Print)9781032163611
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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