Dr Karen Howard (USA)
Karen Howard is Associate Professor of Music at the University of St. Thomas. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education (elementary, secondary, and choral), diversity, and sociology. She is the founder and editor of the new series through GIA Music, “World Music Initiative”, which recognizes that while all music is indeed music of the world, it is necessary to uplift and celebrate marginalized and underrepresented traditions in music education. Karen’s publications include research on multicultural sensitivity, Whiteness as property in education, Knowledge Construction in Music and the books “World Music Pedagogy: Seconday School Innovations”, “First Steps in Global Music”, and “Dance Like a Butterfly: Songs from Liberia, Senegal, Nigeria, and Ghana”. Karen is a frequent clinician who seeks to help music educators feel empowered to diversify their repertoire and pedagogical strategies as well as examine their teacher identities in meaningful ways.