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#BlackExcellence: Esperanza Spalding Is Now A Harvard University Professor

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After dominating the music industry with countless awards and accolades, famed musician Esperanza Spalding is now taking her expertise to the world of higher education as she has officially been named a professor at Harvard University in their Department of Music.

According to Harvard’s press release:

We are pleased to report that Esperanza Spalding has joined the faculty of the Department of Music at Harvard University as Professor of the Practice, with an appointment beginning July 2017. Spalding will teach a range of courses in songwriting, arranging, improvisation and performance, while also bringing her commitment to music as a voice for social justice.

While this will be her biggest teaching challenge yet, Spalding’s no stranger to the world of education from the professor standpoint. Esperanza taught classes at Boston’s Berklee College of Music from 2005 to 2008, in addition to countless other sessions with artists since.

Esperanza’s resume speaks for itself: four Grammys, a Smithsonian award, an NAACP Image Award, a Frida Kahlo award, and so many more. It’s safe to say that those taking music classes at Harvard this upcoming semester are in for a real treat.

Congrats, Esperanza!


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