Equity & Inclusion
Diversity is inherent in music and essential to its future.
As the largest community music school in the nation, MacPhail Center for Music has a responsibility to create real and substantive social change in music education.
Our mission is to transform lives and strengthen communities through music learning experiences that inspire. We believe it is our duty to not only address and help correct the historic exclusion of students, faculty, performers, and composers from diverse populations, but to forge a new, equitable and inclusive path forward.
- Develop and Implement Community Support Initiatives to Share Resources
- Diversify MacPhail Leadership, Faculty and Staff
- Provide Resources for Professional Growth to Support an Increasingly Diverse Community
- Create and Share Inclusive Music Education Curriculum for Students of all Backgrounds
- Develop, Fund and Launch New MacPhail Programs and Initiatives
Equity & Inclusion Leadership
Roque Diaz, Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is a first-generation Puerto Rican college graduate who passionately advocates for more inclusive, culturally diverse, and relevant music education. Roque is a PhD candidate in Music Education at the University of Minnesota and was recently named a 2020 BUSH Fellow and an American Express NGen Leadership Academy Fellow. As a trumpeter he has performed with major international orchestras and continues to perform orchestral, chamber, contemporary, Latin, jazz and other music. More…
Christopher Rochester, Director of the Global Music Initiative (GMI) is a musician, educator, and composer. Chris was exposed to many Black American cultural practices during his youth and was fortuanate enough to be able to quickly understand how much influence that culture plays in music. He has a wonderful ability to both perform and teach in a way that shines light on the cultural influences of Black American traditions. More…
Global Music Initiative
MacPhail’s Global Music Initiative (GMI), guided by experts in music pedagogy, works to create inclusive curricula, teaching methods, and performance opportunities outside of the classical canon that represent people of color, the LGBTQ+ community and women.
This approach to music instruction fosters innovation and cultural equity and welcomes the contributions of all styles and traditions.