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Past Courses for Teachers

Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy

June 24–28, 2013
University of Washington School of Music
Seattle, WA

Audio, video, print, electronic, and human resources will be sampled in this intensive course, with the aim of learning as well as developing an understanding of ways to teach music of the world’s cultures. Attention will be given to learning culture through songs, movement and dance experiences, instrumental music, and contextualized cultural components. Participants will be guided through recordings and curricular materials from the Smithsonian Folkways archives that fit the needs of students in knowing music (and knowing culture through music). Musical experiences will be tailored for use at various levels, including in classes for children, youth, and adults in university and community settings, with occasional small group sessions to decipher and discuss applications for particular teaching contexts and aims. Enrolled participants will join together to share particulars means of teaching world music, and will receive documentation from the Smithsonian Institution that certifies their specialized study in world music pedagogy.

Traditional artist-musicians, culture-bearers, and experienced teachers will form the faculty roster for this workshop, including:

  • Marisol Berrios-Miranda (Puerto Rico)
  • Patricia Shehan Campbell (North India, Bulgaria)
  • Thione Diop (Senegal)
  • Shannon Dudley (Trinidad/Caribbean)
  • Karen Howard (Movement/Dance)
  • Eduardo Mendonça (Brazil)
  • Cameron Quevedo (Mariachi)
  • Peter Park (Korean percussion)
  • Christopher Roberts (Turkey, Botswana)
  • Amanda Soto (Conjunto)
  • Matt Swanson (Creating World Music)
  • Christina Sunardi (Javanese Gamelan)
  • and an elder from one of the Coast Salish communities

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