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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Mission statement

The Music Teachers Association of California Alameda County East Branch (MTACACEB) is committed to creating and supporting an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Board, President, and teachers support a culture of inclusion through their educational practices, repertoire, and opportunities provided through the branch. The MTACACEB branch listens respectfully to all voices, different viewpoints, thoughts, and ideas and believes a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment establishes excellence in educating musicians and accomplishing the MTACACEB mission and vision.  MTACACEB remains committed to strengthening our understanding of equity and diversity by listening to our community’s needs and providing diverse repertoire and diversity training for staff, faculty, and board.  MTACACEB recognizes its responsibility in helping to create a healthy community by providing training, performance opportunities, educational resources, and financial opportunities for all our students, including the Blankenship Program for low-income families.   

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The Blankenship Memorial Project

The Blankenship Memorial Project is a need-based music scholarship program that aims to financially support young musicians ages 7-18 as they receive an education in the musical instrument of their choice.

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The Blankenship Memorial Project

Give the gift of music lessons. Donate here to our Blankenship Project, providing need-based financial aid to qualifying students in the Tri-Valley area. 

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From The Branch Lecture


Expand the Repertoire: an Introduction to Women Who Composed

The Blanch Lecture Sept. 2021

Topic:  "Expand the Repertoire: an Introduction to Women Who Composed"

Lecturer:  Sharon Su, Pianist


Description: A brief introduction to the lives of five historical women composers—Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Cécile Chaminade, Louise Farrenc, and Florence Price, luminous talents whose stories illuminate our understanding of what it takes to make music. In addition to telling the stories of their lives, I will recommend works that can be incorporated into repertoire at various levels of piano playing. I will also discuss the unique challenges I faced in the process of adding music by women to my own repertoire.


Links to various website resources

The Composer Diversity Database allows users to discover almost 4000 composers from underrepresented groups. You can search by composer name, living or deceased, specifically for women or non-binary composers, common large and small ensemble genres, racial, ethnic, or cultural demographics, and by location (city, state, and country).

The Works Diversity Database, featuring wind band and orchestral catalogs created by Christian Michael Folk and the Kassia Art Song catalog compiled by Logan Contreras, allows users to search for individual compositions with numerous search filters from among over 1,600 art songs by women as well as almost 1,400 works for large and small wind ensembles and over 11,000 orchestral works by underrepresented composers. Filters include various ensemble genres, duration, and grade level, as well as composer demographics and location, and the results include instrumentation (when known) and links for rental & purchase as well as audio & video.The extensive Bibliographic Resources, compiled by Dr. Kendra Leonard, provides scholars with valuable lists of books and articles about women and non-binary composers, composers from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, and LGBTQIAA2+ composers.test1

... And We Were Heard gives underrepresented composers a platform to have their music heard. Composers that submit works to … And We Were Heard are matched with top-notch 
wind bands and engage in collaborative recording sessions. The resulting audio tracks are hosted on the site along with innovative ideas of how to support diverse voices in music.

This webpage houses public domain scores by composers of color. Analytical notes are being made available, while a Google Sheet summarizes music theory topics that can be taught using the repertoire. As a quick and manageable first step towards anti-racist music theory pedagogy, many of the scores on this site are readily adaptable to the classroom environment.

This collection has many contemporary scores, which often reflects a more diverse field of composers than historical music in the canon.

An exceptionally interesting website that organizes concepts of music theory that are often studied. The concepts link to scores, audio files, and downloadable PDF files. There is also a pop-up page for each concept that cross-references other music theory concepts that are in the piece. All the examples of music theory concepts are from music written by women.

Reference works and catalogs 

Composers of the Americas: Biographical Data and Catalogs of their Works by Organization of American States

Call Number: 2nd Floor Ref. ML390 .P16 v. 1 - 18

Publication Date: 1955-

Fifteen Black American Composers by Alice Tischler

Call Number: PAC Ref. ML 106 U58T4 1981

ISBN: 0899900038

Publication Date: 1981-11-01

International Dictionary of Black Composers by Samuel A. Floyd (Editor)

Call Number: PAC Ref. ML 105 I57 1999

ISBN: 1884964273

Publication Date: 1999-04-01

First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Latin American Classical Composers by Martha Furman Schleifer (Editor)

ISBN: 0810888718

Publication Date: 2016-01-16

Now in its third edition, Latin American Classical Composers: A Biographical Dictionary provides a singular English-language resource for biographical information on hundreds of composers from Central and South America and the Hispanic Caribbean. Painstakingly gathered from a wide variety of sources, the information updates and expands previous editions and fills in the gaps left by the other major English-language music dictionaries and encyclopedias. Entries provide biographical data comprising full names, birth and death dates and locations, background, education, and training, as well as selective works lists more than 2,300 composers. An index of composers by country and women composers of Latin America complement the volume. An essential part of any music library, Latin American Classical Composers is an invaluable reference for librarians, musicologists, ethnomusicologists, researchers, and music students.

The Norton-Grove Dictionary of Woman Composers by Julie Anne Sadie; Rhian Samuel

Call Number: PAC Ref. ML 105 N883S12 1995

ISBN: 9780393034875

Publication Date: 1995-09-17

The few in earlier times who gained some renown were as often as not the sisters, daughters, wives, or muses of well-known men--the surnames of Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann speak for themselves. Even with the present-day increase in their number, women composers have largely failed to draw the attention of the public.In recognition of these nearly invisible yet greatly talented musicians, Julie Anne Sadie and Rhian Samuel have brought together an international corps of experts to produce The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers. This definitive source provides detailed biographies of more than 1,000 creators of Western classical music. In signed articles, the Dictionary chronicles the lives and works of women composers from all corners of the world. Here you can read about the Medieval mystic Hildgard von Bingen, the Renaissance madrigalist Maddalena Casulana, the flamboyant seventeenth-century vocal composer Barbara Strozzi, the prolific New Englander Amy Beach, and the Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.


Anthology of Art Songs by Black American Composers by Patterson, Willis C.

Call Number: M 1619 A629P17 M17 1977

Publication Date: 1977

The Art Song in Latin America by  Kathleen L. Wilson; Katherine K. Preston

Call Number: M 1619 A784W4 P2

ISBN: 0945193998

Publication Date: 1998-02-01

Wilson's The Art Song in Latin America-Selected Works by 20th Century Composers includes art songs by 20th-century Latin Americans, including important composers such as Carlos Guastavino (Argentina), Carlos Chávez (Mexico) and Juan Orrego-Salas (Chile). The first anthology of its kind published in the United States, it includes translations, textual transcriptions of the Spanish using International Phonetic Alphabet,and historical and biographical entries for each song. A singer,musicologist, and voice teacher with extensive experience teaching in Latin America as a Fulbright Scholar, Kathleen Wilson understands the need for a practical and accessible source of vocal literature by Latin American composers. As a vocal pedagogue, Wilson has been careful to choose songs that are technically appropriate for young singers and sophisticated enough musically for professionals.

Art Songs and Spirituals by African-American Women Composers by Taylor, Vivian, editor.

Call Number: M 1619 A784T19 H4 1995

Publication Date: 1995

At the Piano with Women Composers by Hinson, Maurice, editor.

Call Number: M 21 H665A7W6 1995

Publication Date: 1995

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