Social Class and School Music

  title={Social Class and School Music},
  author={Vincent C. Bates},
  journal={Music Educators Journal},
  pages={33 - 37}
This article takes a practical look at social class in school music by exploring the manifestations and impact of three of its dimensions: financial resources, cultural practices, and social networks. Three suggestions are discussed: provide a free and equal music education for all students, understand and respect each student’s cultural background, recognize the social forces that perpetuate poverty. 
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