Esperanza Spalding Is Now A Harvard Professor

Music students at Harvard University are about to receive the opportunity of a lifetime. Esperanza Spalding will now join the faculty as a professor of the practice at Harvard in the Department of Music. She plans to teach songwriting, arranging, improvisation, and performance.

Spalding won four Grammy awards, a Smithsonian award, an NAACP Image Award, a Frida Kahlo award, a Boston Music Award, and the list goes on.

Blavity reports that the university’s professors of the practice are people “who have a national or international reputation as leaders” and who are considered “the best in the field.”

Harvard’s press release on their new hire refers to Spalding as “a national treasure with global resonance” who “stands apart for the intelligence and deep sense of humanity” which is found within her work.

Spalding is no stranger to playing the role of instructor. She taught at Boston’s Berklee College of music from 2005 to 2008. She has taught many scholars as an artist for years.

Harvard promises that Spalding will contribute her “commitment to music as a voice for social justice” to her classroom.

Essence reports that in March 2016, Spalding released her fifth studio album, Emily’s D+Evolution, which was co-produced by David Bowie’s longtime collaborator Tony Visconti.

Not only has Spalding performed around the world, she recently created an exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Professors of the practice are typically appointed for a five-year period. So even if you are not enrolled for Harvard’s fall semester, you still have the opportunity to be a student in one of Professor Spalding’s courses.

Harvard students definitely have a lot to look forward to with such a talented, renowned, skilled, and dedicated professor.

 – Contributed by Amaya Starkey

WHUR Contributor


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