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Celebrate Diversity

Representation matters.

Help your students see themselves in your classroom today.

Composers look like...

You and Me!

What does a composer do? What does a composer look like? Where do they live? Many students still picture a white man in a puffy wig and a ruffled shirt when they think of a “composer.”

Digital downloads containing 4 Recordings of music selections, PDF & PNG files with materials for 4 selections - Color & B/W Listening Maps, Complete Lesson Plans, Wall Signs, Composer Portraits, AND MIGHTY LESSON KITS containing video presentations of Composer Cards, Video Lessons highlighting key musical elements, Animated VideoMaps and a Quick Quiz.

Diversity Listening Supplements are available for $45 by themselves, or $25 as Add-Ons to any Music Memory teacher's guide package. 

Jazz Diversity Listening Supplement:

  • The ”King of Swing”, Count Basie’s Jumpin' at the Woodside

  • Japanese-American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader, Toshiko Akiyoshi’s Warning! Success May Be Hazardous to Your Health

  • Cuban conga virtuoso and composer Chano Pozo joins Dizzy Gillespie’s band to fuse elements of jazz and Cuban music, Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo’s Manteca

  • America’s greatest jazz saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, Charlie Parker’s Yardbird Suite

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Classical Diversity Listening Supplement:

  • 2020 Composer of the Year, Joan Tower - Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman #1

  • First Black musician to conduct a professional symphony in the United States, William Grant-Still - Symphony No. 1

  • Medieval Period composer and prophetess, Hildegard von Bingen – Antiphon: Studium divinitatis

  • Decorated Spanish composer who wrote his compositions in braille, Joaquín Rodrigo - Fantasía para un gentilhombre

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