The Underrepresentation of African American Males in Music Education

April 25, 2017 / By: Adrian Davis

This paper is an autobiography that shares the perspective of an African American male music educator. The author gives personal insight on both the thought processes and the subtle and blatant inequities that affect an African American male music educator in the United States.  The author discusses systematic and systemic policies based on the social construct of race in music education. This paper suggests how these systems have predetermined failure as an outcome for thousands of African American males and how re-segregation is promoted on every level of music education. These factors are explored and described through the lens of the author’s early childhood, adolescence, college, and professional music education career. The author uses his lifetime experiences as a means to provide potential solutions for future music educators, policy makers, and music advocates.