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& Identity

"Music constructs our sense of identity through the direct experiences it offers of the body, time, and sociability; experiences which enable us to place ourselves in imaginative cultural narratives"
-Simon Frith-


Invited Guest Lectures
& Presentations

  • Seventeenth International Conference on the Arts in Society, Zaragoza, Spain 
  • International Alliance for Women in Music, Corvallis, OR
  • Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA 
  • University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
  • Darkwater Womxn in Music Festival, Pembroke, NC

Disturbing conflicts and global unrest have always surrounded us. In recent years, however, conflict and tensions have become heightened and more overt. As a result of this, discussions and initiatives pertaining to inclusion, equity and equal representation within the classical, contemporary, and new music communities have become focal points across the globe. Conversations that lead to action have been strengthened; however, achieving true inclusion and equity within the arts requires that we address the intersection in which all oppression and privilege meet—sustainable, equitable, change cannot be made without this.

As a product of awareness and its intersection to my identity (a Black woman within the classical saxophone field), a profound part of my pedagogy, artistry, research and DEIBA work focuses on the intersection between music and identity. My work in this area began with my doctoral dissertation, “Working at the Intersection of Music and Identity to Build Inclusive Communities (2021),” which explained how identity is expressed in every aspect of our musical output—that music and identity cannot be separated from one another. My doctoral work has become an integral part of my teaching and artistry. Since its completion, I have continued to make use of the theories and concepts of intersectionality, identity, and privilege to explore how we can be equitable pedagogues, inclusive musicians and creators, as well as how we can aid in the creation of sustainably inclusive music communities and environments.

In order to become more equitable, knowledgeable, people, musicians and pedagogues we must remain open to the process of continuously learning and unlearning habits, behaviors and mindsets. Through my experience, research, pedagogy, and artistry I aspire to help build equitable and affirming connections, bridges, and realizations. I am here to help to support your journey. Whether that be DEIBA related, pedagogically or musically.

Additional DEIBA Services

1:1 DEIBA Counceling

A one on one meeting via Zoom for either a half-hour or one-hour. We can meet on a regular basis or as needed.

Masterclass/Presentation or Lecture

Virtual or in-person sessions with your team, department, or music studio. In presentations and lectures I address how our understanding of these concepts and theories immensely aids in our ability to affirm and uplift the presence of our students, peers and colleagues—everyone in our lives—thereby creating classroom and studio environments that foster the growth of all through the use of inclusive pedagogical practices.

DEIBA Resources

Book an Appointment

No matter where you are in your journey with music & identity
and/or DEIBA issues, I am here to help.

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