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Christopher Song

Christopher Song

Mythbusters: Removing Assumptions From the Diversity Conversation

Clinic Synopsis:

In the discussion of selecting diverse repertoire, many educators pay narrow attention to issues relating to race and gender rather than the multifaceted issues relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Song and Lewis will provide multiple jumping off points for conversation that dives deeper into the diversity discourse that is more suited for real life contexts.

Weston Lewis - Biographical Information

Weston Lewis is currently pursuing a Doctor in Musical Arts degree in Wind Conducting at the University of Texas at Austin, where he serves as a graduate teaching assistant for the band department. He joined the UT Department of Bands in the Fall of 2021 and assists with all ensembles and undergraduate conducting courses. Weston holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of Houston (2014) and Master of Music in Conducting from Louisiana State University (2021). Weston taught at Klein Oak High School from 2014-2019. In his role, he worked with all concert bands and oversaw the IB Music program. At Louisiana State University, Weston assisted with all ensembles including the Golden Band from Tiger Land, Bengal Brass, and the LSU Concert Ensemble. He was also a Co-Chair of the LSU School of Music Student Diversity and Inclusion Organization and is currently a chairperson for the Graduate Wind Conductors Association.

Christopher Song - Biographical Information

Christopher Song is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Education from Louisiana State University with assistantships in the band and music education departments. He currently serves as a graduate research assistant for the music education faculty and works as a teaching assistant for both undergraduate music education courses and the Golden Band From Tigerland. Prior to LSU, Christopher taught six years as Assistant Band Director at Baines Middle School in Missouri City, TX. He directed the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble and taught woodwind beginning band classes. Christopher received a Master of Music Education from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Houston. His master’s thesis is titled “Examining Cultural Identity in Houston-Area Secondary Music Classrooms: Perceptions of Teachers and Students.” His primary mentors include Ann Marie Stanley, Dan Isbell, and Colleen Conway. His research interests include critical theory and anti-oppression based teaching models, cultural identity and culturally responsive teaching, community education, and popular music pedagogy. Christopher’s professional affiliations include Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, Louisiana Music Educators Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity.