DEIB Events

Students, faculty and staff of the MSU College of Music are invited to participate in workshops and listenting sessions to learn more about the University’s initiative to create a more diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment.


Examining Implicit Bias. A series of workshops designed to examine implicit bias and begin the work of interrupting personal and embedded biases within our culture.

Listening Sessions

Exploring Diversity. Join us, offer your perspective, and listen to others as together we discover the many ways we can build unity and understanding through music, culture, and beyond.

Working groups led by students, staff and faculty have devised strategies for listening and learning sessions that are designed to build upon MSU’s overarching vision of a diverse and inclusive university.

Joint Studios

A master class featuring artists from various cultural backgrounds and disciplines bringing together Jazz and Classical studios.

Event Schedule

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Weston Sprott to visit College of Music

The College of Music Committee on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, led by Rodney Whitaker, announced the engagement of Weston Sprott as a guest visitor to the College of Music. Weston Sprott is Dean of the Preparatory Division at the Juilliard School and a trombonist in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He will meet in an online format during the last week in September with several groups including members of student group Color Me Music, faculty and staff, in a Running Start workshop, and in Freshman Seminar.

The complete schedule of his visit is includes:

  • Sunday, 9/27, 7-9:00 PM | Color Me Music Diversity Workshop
  • Tuesday, 9/29, 11:30 AM | Faculty/Staff Diversity Workshop
  • Tuesday, 9/29, 7-8:00 PM | "Do Something: Organic Pathways to Having Your Voice Be Heard"-Career Workshop
  • Friday, 10/2, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM | Guest speaker, MUS101 Foundations for Success in Music

Lift Every Voice: Celebrating Composers of Color

Joanne and Bill Church West Circle Series

A tribute to Black composers around the world and through the centuries. The program illustrates the wide range of contributions of Black composers from a classical violin and piano sonata, to saxophone and piano, ragtime, and of course, America’s music – Jazz. MSU Artists: Gwendolyn Dease and Jon Weber, percussion; Yvonne Lam, violin; Deborah Moriarty, piano; Joseph Lulloff, saxophone; Mark Rucker, baritone, Sadie Rucker, piano; Xavier Davis, jazz piano; Rodney Whitaker, jazz bass; and Randy Gelispie, jazz drums.

The story guide for the concert will be Dr. Stephanie Anthony, director of the Office of College Access Initiatives at Michigan State University Outreach and Engagement.

Monday, October 12, 7:30 p.m.

MSU Opera Theatre Guest Lecturer

American Bass-Baritone Ryan Speedo Green virtual lecturer is welcomed by MSU Opera Theatre, Friday, November 6, 3-6 p.m.

Dr. Tammy Kernodle, Professor of Musicology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio

Troublin’ the Water: Black Music and the Mythology of Post Racial America 

In the wake of Barack Obama's election in 2008 cultural critics and political pundits began exclaiming that America was becoming post racial. However, as Obama prepared for his re-election campaign a series of violent events began to disrupt this narrative. Most notable were the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Sandra Brown as well as the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. As a result, artistic communities sparked a wave of protest/resistance culture. While the hip hop community reacted almost immediately, artists reflecting the spectrum of American popular and concert music also entered this soundscape. Women's voices were very evident providing some of the most angry and explicit musical reactions.

In this presentation, Dr. Kernodle will historicize the role black women musicians in framing the sonic contexts of civil rights or protest music. Specific emphasis will be placed on contemporary artists who have shaped the current context of protest culture that extends through various contemporary social movements.

Color Me Music Session: Sunday, January 31, 2021. 7-9 p.m.  

Faculty Diversity Session: Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.