About Us

UW student Tyana O'Connor (right) performs during a Brenda Rae opera master class held in Music Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Sept. 25, 2015. During the class, students performed for a public audience and receipt helpful critique from UW School of Music alumna Brenda Rae (left). (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)
Members of the 2016 UW High School Honors Jazz Band practice during a rehearsal session with guest artist and saxophonist Bob Sheppard (right) and Johannes Wallman, UW director of Jazz Studies, inside Music Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 29, 2016. The UW High School Honors Jazz Band is a twenty-member big band that includes top jazz students from several Wisconsin high schools. Members of the UW High School Honors Jazz Band and the UW Jazz Orchestra performed in a public concert with Bob Sheppard later that evening. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

The Consortium for Research on Equity in Music Education (CRÈME) is an international group consisting of faculty members, students, teachers, and academic staff in music education who support or conduct research on equity issues. It has the following goals:

  • 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*

To date, music educators representing twenty-seven colleges and universities, plus three school districts, have affiliated with CRÈME. The Music Education Area at the University of Wisconsin-Madison serves as the administrative hub for CRÈME.