Check out my Twitter project for Black History Month 2021, “Erasing Colorasure in Music Theory,” which highlights notable black musicians that have been erased from music theory’s history.
I wrote the following six blog posts after my plenary talk, “Music Theory’s White Racial Frame,” at the Society for Music Theory Annual Meeting in November 2019. This talk was based on a long article, “Music Theory and the White Racial Frame,” that appeared in Music Theory Online in June 2020. After the talk I was awestruck by the reaction. Hundreds of people from all over the world reached out to thank me for raising the issues I did. Subsequently I had many lengthy discussions with senior colleagues in the field but, despite stated good intentions, I realized that they were actually uninterested in true antiracist and antisexist structural change. These six posts grew out of these discussions and the work that I did prior to my talk. It is my hope that they can instigate constructive dialog so that we can begin to make real antiracist/antisexist change in music theory. It is best to read in order. Enjoy!