Workshops for Teachers

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Certification in World Music Pedagogy Workshop

One-week intensive workshop
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, July 11 – 15, 2016

Workshop Description:
The Smithsonian Folkways Certification in World Music Pedagogy workshop is a rich and active exploration of the music of many cultures along with pedagogical discussions, resource examination, and practice in teaching. We will learn musical cultures through song, movement, and instrumental experiences. We will examine the various pedagogical issues involved in learning and teaching music of many cultures and discuss applications for various teaching contexts. We will explore the recordings and curricular materials available in the Smithsonian Folkways collections. Audio, video, print, electronic, and human resources will be sampled in this intensive course, with the aim of learning music and developing ways to teach music of the world’s cultures. A final pedagogical project will be completed for participants to earn Smithsonian Folkways Certificate in World Music Pedagogy.

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    Cultures studied in 2015 included:
  • Mozambique Amadinda
  • Ghanaian drumming and song
  • Latin American Steel Pan traditions
  • Japanese folk song traditions
  • Israeli song and dance
  • Lipan Apache song and dance

Music Educators
Get to the grassroots of teaching and facilitating an understanding of music across world cultures. In its fifth year, the Smithsonian Folkways intensive course in World Music Pedagogy has trained and certified hundreds of musicians and teachers of various levels and contexts (including K-12 teachers and tertiary-level professors) to know more of the performance of the world's musical traditions and how to teach them.