Lisa Caravan: Expanding the Curriculum: Commissioning Diverse Repertoire for Intermediate Band and Orchestra

While diverse music worlds are being increasingly acknowledged as an important part of music education, there is still a strong emphasis on Western classical music, especially in regards to the beginning and intermediate instruction. Lisa and colleagues enhanced the cultural understanding by increasing repertoire that celebrates the diverse ethnic, cultural, and gender identities through the commissioning of new repertoire. Currently P-12 music education standards focus on the processes of creating, performing, responding, and connecting. Through pilot studies on both Western classical music and diverse classical music, students focused on each of these steps equally instead of solely focusing on performing. Using this method, they were able to ask personal questions such as how does my personal background relate to the repertoire? The PRJC would allow Lisa and colleagues to commission new pieces to generate a more diverse collection of repertoire and enrich music education.