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Past Courses for Teachers

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Certificate Course in World Music Pedagogy

University of Washington, Seattle
June 26-30, 2017
8:30AM - 4:30PM

Workshop Description:
Audio, video, print, electronic, and human resources are sampled in this intensive course, with the aim of learning as well as developing an understanding of way to teach music of the world’s cultures. Attention is given to learning culture through songs, movement and dance experiences, instrumental music, and contextualized cultural components. Participants are 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 are 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 join together to share particular means of teaching world music, and receive a certificate from Smithsonian Folkways and the University of Washington in world music pedagogy.

    Course faculty include traditional artist-musicians, culture-bearers, and experienced teachers:
  • Phyllis Byrdwell (African American Gospel Choir)
  • Patricia Shehan Campbell (Bulgaria, North India)
  • Thione Diop (Wolof Drumming of Senegal)
  • Srivani Jade (Vocal Music of North India)
  • Eduardo Mendonca (Brazilian Samba)
  • Christopher Roberts (Turkey, Uganda)
  • Amanda C. Soto (Conjunto, Social Justice, Technology)

Plus Performance-Participatory Experiences in Indonesian Gamelan and Zimbabwean Marimbas.

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