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Music Resources for Diversity, Equity, and Belonging

This guide has been created in an effort to celebrate the music of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). The resources found here have been compiled specifically with the NIU Music Community in mind.


The purpose of this online resource guide is three-fold. First, it’s intent is to provide a space to discover repertoire composed and performed by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). Secondly, these reference resources have been gathered in an effort for our patrons to explore essential BIPOC writing and to study the historical and cultural context of BIPOC music, particularly in the United States. Thirdly, a concentrated effort has been made to collect content and research that is essential to begin to integrate anti-racist pedagogy within one’s own teaching. We hope that our faculty, staff, students, and community members will find this guide helpful in their quest to support Diversity, Equity, and Belonging into our NIU music community. Our hope is that our students and faculty will find value in these resources and will refer to this guide often. These resources are by no means exclusive but are meant to be used as a starting point in one’s own research and writing.


This online resource is a “living” guide and will be updated often. Our intention is to continually add to its content with new acquisitions and online resources. The resources gathered here may be borrowed from the NIU Music Library with the use of a One Card or Community Borrowing Card. Some of the online resources listed are subscription-based, which means they require access by use of your NIU credentials, and some are free, online resources. If you have any trouble accessing the resources, send us an email!


If there are resources that you feel are missing from this guide, please, do not hesitate to reach out through email:

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