Info about the session Jon is presenting at AMS/SEM/SMT 2022 in November below:
How to Integrate Global Music History in Our Teaching
Time: Saturday, 12/Nov/2022: 9:00am – 12:15pm
Chair(s): Gavin Lee (Soochow University)
Presenter(s): Gavin Lee (Soochow University), Andrew Dell’Antonio (University of Texas, Austin), Luisa Nardini (University of Texas, Austin), Gabriel Solis (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Amanda Hsieh (Durham University), Kunio Hara (University of South Carolina), Andres Amado (University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley), Chris Stover (Queensland Conservatorium), Jon Silpayamanant (Independent Scholar)
Organized by the AMS Pedagogy Study Group
The recent emergence of global music history has raised new challenges and opportunities for the teaching of Western music. Alongside related, counterhegemonic pedagogical methods to have arisen in recent years – including anti-racist, inclusive, and accessible pedagogies – global music history is particularly well suited for sounding out the history of Western coloniality, which then serves as the starting point of decoloniality. Placed in global context, Western music history is denuded of hoary universalist connotations. Global music history has a decentering function as it broadens the scope from European and US musics to topics as wide-ranging as Renaissance polyphony in 16C Mexico, the destruction of indigenous musics in the Americas, and transmission of the Indonesian gamelan to Africa in the 1st to 5th centuries. But given that most faculty do not conduct research in global music history, how can we begin to integrate it into our teaching?
The key recurring issues raised by faculty new to global music history are the lack of content knowledge and pedagogical know-how. Faculty members are tied down by existing work commitments and feel unable to take on the challenge of developing new materials. This workshop is designed to address this by presenting easy-to-digest, practical solutions, facilitating entry to a new subject area. Participants will emerge with the skills necessary to start integrating global music history into the undergraduate music history survey.
The two-part workshop comprises: 1) presenting sample syllabi to illustrate how a history course can be designed with the global in mind, and 2) microteaching that models how to prepare lessons on global music history (e.g. which reference works and media resources to consult, how to gain familiarity and confidence in this new area of global music history teaching). After brief presentations on the above two parts, members of the audience will break up into small discussion groups led by panelists to discuss pedagogical ideas, problems, and solutions. Slides for the two parts will be made available before the workshop, and audience members are encouraged to bring their own ideas and course materials to the workshop for discussion.