Nurturing a Joyful Noise: Examining Sun Ra's Philosophies as a Model for Music Education
AbstractThroughout his musical career (1950s-1990s), the late Sun Ra and his Arkestra developed a philosophy and worldview that included elements from Egyptology, Afrofuturism and outer space. The group used cosmic imagery to transcend racism and to provide a safe, familial community for African American musicians. This paper proposes that the vision of the Sun Ra Arkestra, while not always directly transferable, can be extrapolated to fit a modern music educational environment. It also investigates some of the limitations of this relationship.