The World Music Pedagogy course weaves together experiences in music, cultural meaning, and culturally sensitive pedagogical strategies, and provides for active listening episodes leading to participatory, performative, and creative musical experiences—all tailored to fit learners of various ages and experiences. The course emphasizes the teaching of global-local music for intercultural understanding, and attends to culturally relevant pedagogy as it pertains to music education practices. Featured resources in the course are selections from the reserves of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the World Music Pedagogy series of books/recording links, all directed to the ways of knowing the world of music, in music, and through music. All are welcome, including music educators, all-subject educators, artist-musicians, applied ethnomusicologists, curricular designers, community organizers, and all who are seeking further insights on musical-cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion.
University of St. Thomas
World Music Pedagogy (In-person course)
: June 27 - July 1
: St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
: Karen Howard
A diverse range of media and repertoire are explored in this week-long in-person intensive with the goal of building confidence and skills in diversifying music teaching and learning experiences. Attention will be given to the sociocultural and sociohistorical contexts of the music cultures. This is achieved through the performance of songs, dance, instrumental music, and discussions of constructs related to creating anti-biased environments and dispositions. Participants will be guided through recordings and curricular materials from the Smithsonian Folkways archives and experiences with culture bearers and teaching artists 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 K-12 setting, community music, and higher education. Enrolled participants will join together to share particular means of teaching world music, and will receive a certificate from the Smithsonian Institution in World Music Pedagogy. 3 Graduate Credits available as an option.
Tentative guests include:
Karen Howard: Anti-Racism in Music Education, Avoiding Cultural Appropriation, Tahitian Music, Brazilian Samba, Wagogo music of Tanzania, and more
Tim O’Keefe: Intro to Arabic Music
Siama Matazungidi and Dallas Johnson: Music from the Congo
Nyssa Brown: Children’s Singing Games from South Africa
Lyz Jaakola: Minnesota Indigenous Music Practices
Fode Bangoura: djembe from Guinea
Joko Sutrisno: Javanese Gamelan, Indonesia
Bob Walser: Sea Shanties