I would be lying if I said I was shocked. I had my run in with the Music Ed. Department at Oberlin a few different times. Ridiculous.
Mr. Butera told us that his board was all white and that he couldn’t diversify his board because they aren’t appointed but, rather, they are elected by the membership. Further, his membership isn’t diverse because, “Blacks and Latinos lack the keyboard skills needed for this field.” He also intimated that music theory is too difficult for them as an area of study. It seems that music education is on an order of magnitude of difficulty akin to medicine or law. Yet there are thousands and thousands of black and Latino doctors and lawyers.
Mr. Michael Butera, Executive Director and CEO of the National Association for Music Education.