- To generate and promote equity research in music education
- To foster cross-institutional conversations and research projects in this area
- To disseminate this research through scholarly conferences and publications
- To use this research to better prepare music teachers and music teacher educators
- To increase the cultural diversity of music education researchers, music teacher educators, and music teachers by increasing the number of music education students from underrepresented, underserved populations; and by striving to create culturally relevant, inclusive, and welcoming learning environments for all students
- To initiate change through an agenda of activism and community engagement that challenges exclusionary paradigms in music education*
* M. Kindall-Smith, C. L. McKoy, and S. W. Mills, “Challenging Exclusionary Paradigms in the Traditional Musical Canon: Implications for Music Education Practice,” International Journal of Music Education, November 2011 29: 374-386.