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date: 23 March 2019

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Social justice, with its emphasis on identifying and rectifying inequalities that exist in society, is a concept that in many ways parallels multiculturalism. This chapter argues that multiculturalizing the curriculum is an essential means by which to move toward more socially just educational experiences. It turns to the work of pioneering educationist James Banks, applying his Levels of Curriculum Reform to learning experiences in music education. These tiered levels—contributions, additive, transformative, and social action—provide a sequential pathway by which educators unversed in working with multicultural content can create curricula that lead to a more multicultural and socially just educational enterprise.

Keywords: multicultural, music education, curriculum, socially just, James Banks

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