Intended as supplements to current string instrument training methods, our books offer a wealth of music by Black composers as well as information about Black classical music-making from its origins in the slave trade to the present day. Our volumes feature:
- String Series
- Multiple graded volumes of works by Black composers from Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean from the 18th century onward for each string instrument. The first volume features pieces for beginners, and the last volumes include compositions for advanced concerto-level players.
- Profiles of each featured composer.
- Role Models
- Profiles of prominent historic and living Black composers, performers, conductors, music educators, music administrators, and music entrepreneurs.
- Feature stories about Black music-making throughout history, featuring topics such as: Frederick Douglass and George Washington Carver as violin players; all-Black orchestras in North America, Africa, and Europe; Black violin makers and restorers; classical music at Historically Black Colleges and Universities; indigenous African fiddles; African-American fiddling; and violin playing and classical music in jazz and hip-hop.
- and more!
- Future series will include volumes for wind and brass instruments, band, orchestra, and chamber ensembles.
Our first publications will be the violin volumes, expected in 2018.
We are also producing a Black composers timeline poster with the help of the Sphinx Organization, which will include the hundreds of individuals from around the word that our research has uncovered. Also on the way is a coloring book of around forty of the most important and fascinating Black composers whose music will be featured in MBC’s music collections. News of these exciting resources will be published on this page in the coming months!