Alan and Steve talk with author and professor Philip Ewell about the inherent biases in music education.
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Philip Ewell is a Professor of Music Theory at Hunter College of the City University of New York. His specialties include Russian music theory, Russian opera, rap and hiphop, modal/tonal theory, and race studies in music. His public scholarship has been featured in news outlets such as the BBC, Die Zeit, NPR, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and WQXR’s Aria Code. His monograph, On Music Theory, and Making Music More Welcoming for Everyone, appeared in April 2023 in the “Music and Social Justice” series of the University of Michigan Press, and he is coauthoring a new W. W. Norton music theory textbook, The Engaged Musician: Theory and Analysis for the Twenty-First Century, which will be a modernized, reframed, and inclusive work based on recent developments in music theory pedagogy. Finally, he is the series editor for the Oxford University Press book series “Theorizing African American Music.”