Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

Dear C.M.E.J. Editor:

Magazine article The Canadian Music Educator

Dear C.M.E.J. Editor:

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I am writing this letter to respond to Natalie Kuzmich's letter and to clear up some misconceptions. I did not call Kuzmich a racist; I called her method of analyzing music Eurocentric. She says that the terms "strange and weird," when applied to music, means the music is "challenging / interesting and worthy of study." I would like to say that we are arguing semantics but "strange and weird" simply state that something is not of the norm. Listening to music of various cultures and labelling it as such in a classroom points out that it is not part of "our" western classical music tradition. Beyond the antiracist analysis, pointing at a different culture and saying it is "weird or strange" is impolite.

Kuzmich also states that I tell the student that Nathaniel Detts music portrays, "pictures and moods or scenes peculiar to Negro life ... America." These are not my words, they are Nathaniel Dett's own programme notes. …

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