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Past Courses for Teachers

Hands-on Experience with Folkways

Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy (WVU Teacher Institute)

June 14–20, 2015
West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia

West Virginia University’s School of Music will host its first Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy (WMP), June 14–20, 2015. You will engage meaningfully with world music in daily workshops featuring the musical cultures of West Africa, Brazil, and Central Appalachia led by WVU faculty and guest artists. Through this partnership with Smithsonian Folkways, teachers will develop a foundation in world music pedagogy and will have access to the rich ethnographic audio, film, and print resources of Smithsonian Folkways. This course is intended to help teachers build innovative curricula that connect K-12 music programs with local and global musical cultures. Teachers successfully completing the course will receive certification from the Smithsonian Institute documenting specialization in world music pedagogy.

Faculty include

  • Patricia Shehan Campbell (Bulgaria, Southeast Asia, pedagogical approaches)
  • Janet Robbins  (Brazil, pedagogical approaches)
  • Travis Stimeling (Appalachian music, ethnographic fieldwork)
  • Michael Vercelli (West Africa, Brazil, ethnographic fieldwork)
  • Along with other artist-musicians

For more information visit or contact Dr. Janet Robbins at