Recruitment and Retention of minoritised ethnic string students

Presenter: Maureen Yuen


For string professors who have a genuine desire to increase minoritised ethnic (ME) representation in their studios. Minoritised ethnic students are underrepresented in applied music studios in universities even as they are increasingly participating in primary and secondary music programs.

Possible reasons for this discrepancy may include

(1) systematic racism in the arts, (2) a lack of institutional support for minoritized students, and (3) a lack of a “critical mass” of minoritised ethnic students in music programs to support and attract additional minoritised ethnic students. The purpose of this workshop is to help participants self-reflect on their own cultural programming, implicit biases, and blind spots.

Participants will explore the dominance of Western European cultural programming and its impact on the participation and retention of minority ethnic students in string study at the university level.


Canadian-born Maureen Yuen (Ed.D., Columbia University, USA; M.Mus., University of British Columbia, Canada), violinist, is Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Drake University (USA). She has performed, taught, and adjudicated globally.

Her students have received graduate scholarships and assistantships at prestigious institutions including the Juilliard School and Indiana University. In addition to performing and teaching, her scholarly research on improving pre-university violin training and diversifying/decolonizing the music studio has been presented at conferences and published in peer reviewed journals regionally, nationally, and internationally.

When she was on faculty at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia, Dr. Yuen received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, selected from nominees from the 64 campuses of the State University of New York.

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