Jennifer M. Mellizo graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BM in Music Education in 2000 and has been teaching music in public schools for the past 18 years. She completed a MA in Music Education in 2006 and a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction, with a minor in quantitative research methods in 2016, also from the University of Wyoming. Currently, she teaches K-8 general music, band, and choir at the University of Wyoming Laboratory School in Laramie, WY. Jennifer’s research interests include multicultural music education, world music pedagogy, early adolescent intercultural sensitivity, and the musical/cultural traditions of Benin, West Africa. She has published practical and research articles in journals such as: General Music Today, Intercultural Education, and TOPICS for Music Education Praxis.
Theory into Practice: A Developmental Approach to Music Education as Global Education
I propose a developmental framework for conceptualizing the ways in which music educators can cultivate global competencies (knowledge, skills, and disposition) without compromising musical learning. Specifically, I argue music educators can (and should) purposefully plan and implement musical learning experiences that promote clarified, reflective, and positive “in-group” identifications (Banks 2015) with a variety of local, cultural, regional, national, and ultimately global communities. During my provocation, I will use a series of short video clips to illustrate the ways in which my K–8 students’ active engagement with music from diverse cultural settings has promoted a deeper and wider sense of “community”, and clarified, reflective, and positive in–group identifications at multiple levels.