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Past Courses for Teachers

Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy

(40 hours training for 3 university credits)

August 23-27, 2010
Universidad Veracruzana
Xalapa, México

Audio, video, print, electronic, and human resources will be sampled for teaching world music in primary and secondary schools, and in university-level courses. Attention will be given to learning music and learning culture through songs, stories, movement and dance experiences, and instrumental music on available instruments. Participants will be guided in developing curricular materials from the Smithsonian Folkways archives that fit the needs of their students in music, as well as other subject/disciplinary areas. Featured musical styles will span a variety of cultures, including Africa, Central Asia, Oceania, United States and Europe. Attention will be given to teaching language, arts, social and cultural issues, and respect for cultural others.

Teachers will receive documentation from the Smithsonian Institution that certifies their specialized study in world music pedagogy.

For more information please contact León García at