Esperanza Spalding To Join Harvard’s Music Department As A Professor
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In case you didn’t know vocalist and bassist Esperanza Spalding is amazing. She’s incredibly talented and has been recognized as such. The 32-year-old has won four Grammy Awards, including one for Best New Artist, the first jazz artists to do so. She’s also won an ASCAP Foundation Jazz Vanguard Award, a Smithsonian, a Soul Train Award and many others.
Now, she’s adding another line to her already illustrious resume.
According to a press release, she’ll be teaching as a professor at Harvard University, becoming a part of their music department faculty.
As a professor of practice, Spalding will teach courses in “songwriting, arranging, improvisation and performance,” in addition to the music portion, she’ll also be sharing her commitment to music as a form of social justice with her students.
This won’t be Spalding’s first time in a similar role. From 2005-2008, she taught music at the Berklee College of Music, immediately after she graduated from there.
Congratulations to her!