The School of Music recently formed the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Committee (IDE) comprised of staff and faculty members dedicated to advocate for the BIPOC population in our School and on campus.  Per their official bylaws, they advise the Director on all topics relating to IDE within the curriculum, policies, and communication of the MU School of Music. 

2021-2022 Committee Members

Stefan Freund, chair

Megan Arns

Amanda Collins

Brooke Danielsen  

Julia Gaines

Sam Griffith  

Leo Saguiguit  

Stephanie Shonekan 

Steven Tharp  

Pete Zambito

The IDE Committee partnered with the Community Music Program to launch the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Scholarship (IDEAS) in Spring 2021, offering 12 full scholarships for private lessons for 6-12th grade students who are members of an underrepresented racial or ethnic minority group. The program has since grown to 16 full scholarship students, with plans for expansion to 22 students by Spring 2022. For more information about IDEAS, visit the CMP website.


Diversity Intensive Course Guidelines

Introduction to Soul & Country  
MUSIC_NM 1335 
Examination of musical cultures signified by “soul” and “country”. Study of the evolution and aesthetics of these genres and how they deal with concepts like identity, class, race, and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; politics and patriotism.

Introduction to World Music  
MUSIC_NM 1313 Sec. 1 (online)   
Introduction to the musical traditions of selected non-Western societies; emphasis on developing listening skills.   


The MU School of Music is committed to presenting diverse composers, musicians and IDE topics throughout all concerts and events. Below are upcoming diversity-centered events that might be of particular interest. Click here for a listing of recent past events highlighting diverse composers, musicians, and IDE topics.