Jazz Musician Esperanza Spalding is a Harvard Professor Now

Esperanza Spalding is adding a new title to her extensive list of talents and capabilities. Surprisingly, it has everything to do with education. The Grammy-winning jazz musician can now add “professor” to her list of accolades. The natural haired beauty is now gainfully employed by Harvard University, Blavity reports.

Spalding has come aboard to Harvard’s Music Department with the official role of Professor of the Practice. She is set to begin her tenure as soon as this month.

The 32-year-old Chamber Music Society singer is an artist, activist, and seasoned double bass player and will bring her unique lens to Harvard’s academic setting. Spalding is going to teach a variety of courses, including but not limited to arranging, songwriting, and improvisation. She will also exhibit her “commitment to music as a voice for social justice,” per the department’s official press announcement.

In a way, she is returning to her roots. Spalding is a self-taught musician and before her music career took a positive turn professionally, she was a teacher. A graduate from Berklee College of Music, Spalding has a Bachelor of Music degree and even taught bass lessons for three years back in 2005. Some of her teaching credits includes Canada’s Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Spalding won’t be slowing down anytime soon. The news of her taking on an important role as a Harvard professor is not to be overshadowed by another announcement she delivered today (July 27). Spalding will be working on her follow-up to her fifth studio project Emily’s D+Evolution in the coming months.

According to the “Black Gold” singer, in an ambitious act, she is going to be writing and recording her forthcoming album Exposure during a three-day livestream on September 12 via Facebook.

“I’m going to go into the studio with nothing prepared…and for three days, we’re going to create, compose, write, record, produce, and finish an album.”

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