Interview with Kevin Holm-Hudson, May 7, 2019

Project: I Am Diversity: The Unconscious Bias Initiative Oral History Project

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The interviewer asks multiple questions in a rapid fire style about Holm-Hudson's life, including questions about his family, his childhood, his friends, Lexington, Kentucky, and the University of Kentucky. He discusses the importance of one of his music theory professors. Holm-Hudson goes on to describe his education, all the way from the Tatnall School, a private pre-k through 12 school, through undergrad as a music major up until graduate school, where he became interested in ethnomusicology and acquired a master's and doctorate degree in composition. After his doctoral work, he worked in a firm that did type-setting for academic publishers. His first teaching position was as a lecturer at Northwestern University for six years. Holm-Hudson discusses in detail the process of tenure track, from the bottom rung of a contingency-hired position, through assistant professor, associate professor, and then full professor. He goes on to describe the review process in as much detail as he is aware. Holm-Hudson discusses the writing he has done, from the book he edited called "Progressive Rock Reconsidered," to a book he wrote about the band Genesis about their album "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway," and finally to the undergraduate music theory textbook called "Music Theory Remixed" that he wrote. His popularity on YouTube is briefly discussed. Holm-Hudson discusses his use of popular music in his music theory classes. The final section of the interview includes a discussion of Holm-Hudson's thoughts on various issues related to diversity. He thinks that diversity encourages empathy and he references some Quaker beliefs. His understanding of diversity has changed from not being aware of it, to being aware of racial diversity, to being aware of different types of diversity. He discusses challenges to marginalized groups in completing their education, including financial challenges and the need for a sense of belonging. He mentions an approach to diversifying curricula in music education that included bringing rock band instruments into the classroom. He feels gratitude when his students succeed and multiple stories about students are shared. He talks about the denigration of specific music specializations. He thinks he needs to learn more about Asian international students and how to communicate music terminology to these students. He mentions that his students probably don't know he plays in a rock band that has a theatrical presentation with alter egos.

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2019oh1410_iam0011

Interviewee Name

Kevin Holm-Hudson

Interviewer Name

Reneé Collins

Interview Date

2019-05-07

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Holm-Hudson, Kevin Interview by Reneé Collins. 07 May. 2019. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Holm-Hudson, K. (2019, May 07). Interview by R. Collins. I Am Diversity: The Unconscious Bias Initiative Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Holm-Hudson, Kevin, interview by Reneé Collins. May 07, 2019, I Am Diversity: The Unconscious Bias Initiative Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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