West Virginia University's School of Music will host its second Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy, June 26-30, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Participants will engage with world music in daily workshops featuring several musical cultures including Appalachia, Australia, Brazil, Trinidad, and West Africa led by WVU faculty and guest artists, including Ginny Hawker. 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 intensive weeklong course is intended to help teachers design 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.