Two members of the University community have been honored with the Presidential Diversity Award, an annual award recognizing the accomplishments of faculty, staff, students, departments, and functional teams who contribute to creating and sustaining a campus culture of diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership.
Molly Murdock is an advocate for gender equity in music performance and scholarship.
Recognizing the lack of female composers being taught in music classes at all education levels, Murdock collaborated with like-minded students at the Eastman School of Music and other institutions to create a website, Music Theory Examples by Women, to highlight music created by women.
“Music teachers that I talked to said they would like to use more compositions by women, but said they just didn’t know any,” says Murdock, a doctoral student studying music theory at the Eastman School.
The website helps solve that problem. Teachers can easily find examples of different music-theory concepts—in the form of scores, videos, and audio—in compositions written by women. The website’s resources have been used by professional societies and received endorsements from faculty who have used its public-domain materials for their teaching and research.
Murdock works hard to raise awareness among educators and musicians, using social media platforms to promote dialogue surrounding gender and racial equity in music. She will also present her research to the Society for Music Theory.
It’s Murdock’s hope that introducing female composers into music classrooms—at the high school level and beyond—will give young women new role models and inspire them to see their own potential.
Article by: Jen Roach and Patrick Broadewater