Nate Holder appointed International Chair in Music Education

We’re pleased to announce that Nate Holder has been appointed to the new role of RNCM International Chair in Music Education.

Recognised internationally as an advocate for decolonising music education, Nate works as a consultant and speaker within the sector to address bias and underrepresentation in music education resources, departments, hubs and boards.

Nate Holder

After teaching and performing in Germany for several years, Nate completed a Master’s in Music Performance at Kingston University, graduating in 2017 with First Class Honours and an award for outstanding achievement. For the past decade he’s also performed and recorded worldwide with artists including Ed Sheeran, Ghetts, Zoe Birkett and KOKOROKO.

As the RNCM International Chair in Music Education Nate, whose published books include Where are all the Black Female Composers?, Where are all the instruments? and Why is My Piano Black and White?, will work with RNCM students each year on core Music in Context modules addressing current issues in music, as well as Music Education modules across all undergraduate, postgraduate and popular music programmes.

He said: ‘I’m excited to start in this new role, and I’m looking forward to working closely with the students and staff at the RNCM over the next few years. I’m hoping that together, we will be able to centre students’ voices and expand their ideas about what music education can look like for every individual.’

Jennie Henley, RNCM Director of Programmes, added: ‘We’re all looking forward to welcoming Nate as our first International Chair in Music Education. The RNCM is committed to improving equality, diversity and inclusion within the sector and I know that our staff and students are excited to see what we’ll explore and discover during his three-year tenure.’

22 March 2021

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