Vincent Bates teaches elementary arts integration and foundations of education at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Most of his scholarship relates to social class and rural music education. He is currently serving as editor of Action, Criticism, and Theory in Music Education, and as director of the Weber Snow Music Licensure program that adds teaching licensure courses to the Snow College Bachelors in Commercial Music degree. Vincent has earned degrees from Brigham Young University (BM in music education and MM in orchestral conducting) and from the University of Arizona (PhD in music education). He lives in Layton, Utah, with his wife and four children.
Music Education for Neoliberal Social Reproduction
The initial aim of this presentation is to consider how formal music education institutions and practices reflect and reproduce unequal and exploitive structures in modern capitalist societies. Drawing from recent theories of social reproduction, this presentation will further include considerations for how music education might foster the playful and the transformative over the instrumental and alienating, preparing children to disrupt rather than reproduce neoliberal social structures.