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Started by DesEsseintes on Apr 1, 2021 7:38:29 PM
Oxford University professor suggests ‘decolonising’ music syllabus to make it less ‘white European’
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DesEsseintes - 01 Apr 2021 19:39:59 (#1 of 269)

'According to the documents, the faculty member also suggested learning skills like playing the piano, or conducting orchestras, should no longer be compulsory. They said these skills “structurally centre [around] white European music”, causing some “students of colour great distress”.'

thisonehasalittlehat - 01 Apr 2021 19:41:02 (#2 of 269)

Sounds great.

mingmong - 01 Apr 2021 19:45:16 (#3 of 269)

What's wrong with the term "broadening"?

Not sure what Bach, Mozart etc. had to do with colonisation

Shadrack22 - 01 Apr 2021 19:47:49 (#4 of 269)

There were some very interesting posts a few months ago from WibbleAgain about Chinese opera.

frantastic - 01 Apr 2021 19:58:18 (#5 of 269)

This makes relevant points https://youtu.be/Kr3quGh7pJA . Adam Neely’s take on white musical supremacy.

browserbutton - 01 Apr 2021 20:01:43 (#6 of 269)

'Oxford University professor' burnout. Enough, ffs.

TheValkyrie - 01 Apr 2021 20:04:16 (#7 of 269)

#3

You don& #39;t get to sound like the hammer of justice?

1MELSM - 01 Apr 2021 20:22:34 (#8 of 269)

Wet Wet Wet

machiavelli - 01 Apr 2021 20:26:22 (#9 of 269)

They said these skills “structurally centre [around] white European music”, causing some “students of colour great distress”.

It was reported that the professor questioning the music curriculum’s “complicity in white supremacy” also proposed a lighter focus on western music notation, allegedly described in the documents as a “colonialist representational system”.

If this isn't an April Fool, it is worthy of Titiana McGrath.

1MELSM - 01 Apr 2021 20:29:30 (#10 of 269)

Titania, and not to be messed with (she'd say)!

chacqueschirac - 01 Apr 2021 20:32:10 (#11 of 269)

Not sure what Bach, Mozart etc. had to do with colonisation



Nothing directly.

However, the fact remains that the cultural business of the late enlightenment was funded by colonialism, i.e. genocide, slavery and organised robbery.

Delighted_User - 01 Apr 2021 20:37:12 (#12 of 269)

Yes, we know that, dear.

mingmong - 01 Apr 2021 20:37:53 (#13 of 269)

i.e. genocide, slavery and organised robbery

All of which have been practiced by dominant groups against weaker groups since the beginning of time.

What is unhealthy and indeed 'colonialist' is the suggestion that the dominators have always been and can only be white Europeans, and the dominated/oppressed groups black or non-Europeans

Characterising 'white' European culture as inherently colonialist and non-white, non-European groups as inherently supine is nothing more than a reinforcement of this reductive, reified view of history and race

raymie - 01 Apr 2021 20:40:53 (#14 of 269)

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/mar/31/find
ing-africa-classical-music-rebeca-omordia-african-concert-series

levelgaze - 01 Apr 2021 20:43:30 (#15 of 269)

Hm. As the quotes build, I sniff April Fools.

DesEsseintes - 01 Apr 2021 20:45:17 (#16 of 269)

It's from before April 1

But I do get the feeling that somebody here is taking the piss

levelgaze - 01 Apr 2021 20:49:45 (#17 of 269)

Decolonisation of the music curriculum is a sensible thing. But his alleged pronouncements are a bit bonkers.

chacqueschirac - 02 Apr 2021 06:34:55 (#18 of 269)

All of which have been practiced by dominant groups against weaker groups since the beginning of time.



Not on this scale. No way around that fact.

Characterising 'white' European culture as inherently colonialist and non-white, non-European groups as inherently supine is nothing more than a reinforcement of this reductive, reified view of history and race



It’s not white culture, that is colonialist, it’s just the so-called enlightenment. That’s why “progressives” supported the attempted re-colonisation of Iraq.

virgil5 - 02 Apr 2021 07:31:18 (#19 of 269)

Dumb dumb dumb dumb

Dumb dumb dumb dumb



Dumb today

We're dumbing away

RosyLovelady - 02 Apr 2021 08:02:33 (#20 of 269)

Anonymous Oxford professor makes a suggestion, or perhaps I missed something.

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