RNCM appoints Nate Holder as International Chair in Music Education

Harriet Clifford
Monday, March 22, 2021

The musician, author and speaker will work closely with students and staff at the conservatoire over three years to ‘centre students’ voices’.

Nate Holder: Musician, author and speaker
Nate Holder: Musician, author and speaker

© Nate Holder

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has announced the appointment of Nate Holder in the conservatoire’s new role of International Chair in Music Education. 

Holder, who is recognised internationally as an advocate for decolonising music education, has a teaching and performance history and holds a Master’s in Music Performance from Kingston University. 

In his new role at RNCM, Holder will work with students on core Music in Context modules addressing current issues in music, as well as on Music Education modules across all undergraduate, postgraduate and popular music programmes. 

On his appointment, he said: ‘I’m excited to start in this new role, and I’m looking forward to working closely with the students and staff at the RNCM over the next few years. I’m hoping that together, we will be able to centre students’ voices and expand their ideas about what music education can look like for every individual.’

Holder’s published books for children include Where Are All The Black Female Composers?, Why Is My Piano Black and White? and the upcoming release, Where Are All The Instruments? European Orchestra. He also wrote I Wish I Didn’t Quit Music Lessons

Jennie Henley, RNCM director of programmes, said: ‘We’re all looking forward to welcoming Nate as our first International Chair in Music Education. The RNCM is committed to improving equality, diversity and inclusion within the sector and I know that our staff and students are excited to see what we’ll explore and discover during his three-year tenure.’