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date: 09 April 2020

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This chapter seeks to tease out some of the challenges related to issues of race and racism as they play out within music education. These challenges include the slippery nature of the concept of race, the complex nature of racism, and the ideology of Whiteness that informs much current music education practice, including those practices considered to be “multicultural.” The chapter proposes that racism remains hidden under such common-sense narratives as “music is a universal language,” which operates in tandem with color-blind racism, and within the myth of “authenticity” in world music education that often prevents the inclusion of musics other than Western art musics in the curriculum. By interrogating some of the ways in which cultural Whiteness operates as racism within music education, the chapter seeks to shed light on ways of thinking that keep racism hidden in plain sight.

Keywords: race, racism, Whiteness, color-blind racism, multiculturalism, music education

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