Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies and Early Childhood Music
In the United States, White students no longer constitute a majority of the early childhood population, and nearly 1 in 4 children under the age of 8 has an immigrant parent. These changing demographics invite re-examination of the purposes and methods of education. Paris and Alim (2017) proposed educators must "perpetuate and foster-sustain-linguistic, literate, and cultural pluralism as a part of schooling." Music, as an integral part of culture, is a critical element in this process. Using activities and discussion, this session explores Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies and extrapolates key practices for early childhood music and movement.
Karen Salvador is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Michigan-Flint, where she coordinates the Music Teacher’s Certificate Program and teaches early childhood music at the UM-Flint Early Childhood Development Center. Dr. Salvador previously taught elementary general music (K-4) in Michigan, choir and drama in Palmerston North, New Zealand, early childhood music at the Michigan State University Community Music School, and worked as school program director for the North American Choral Company in Grand Rapids, MI. Dr. Salvador’s research pertains to equity and inclusion in music education, examining the intersections of instructional practices, music teacher education, and educational policy. Dr. Salvador enjoys presenting workshops for practicing teachers, and her research appears in journals including Journal of Research in Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and Music Educators Journal. Dr. Salvador contributed guiding principles and strategies regarding inclusive practices to the forthcoming new edition of Music Play. She is a past facilitator for the Society for Music Teacher Education’s Area for Strategic Planning and Action on Cultural Diversity and Social Justice, and is current President of the Michigan Music Education Association.