Grammy award winner Esperanza Spalding to join Harvard’s music dept.

In case you didn’t know vocalist and bassist Esperanza Spalding is amazing. She’s incredibly talented and has been recognized as such. The 32-year-old has won four Grammy Awards, including one for Best New Artist, the first jazz artists to do so. She’s also won an ASCAP Foundation Jazz Vanguard Award, a Smithsonian, a Soul Train Award and many others.

Now, she’s adding another line to her already illustrious resume.

According to a press release, she’ll be teaching as a professor at Harvard University, becoming a part of their music department faculty.

As a professor of practice, Spalding will teach courses in “songwriting, arranging, improvisation and performance,” in addition to the music portion, she’ll also be sharing her commitment to music as a form of social justice with her students.

This won’t be Spalding’s first time in a similar role. From 2005-2008, she taught music at the Berklee College of Music, immediately after she graduated from there.

Congratulations to her!

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