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Smithsonian Folkways Certificate Course in World Music Pedagogy

Look for information about a summer World Music Pedagogy course in the coming months.

West Virginia University's School of Music is planning to host its annual Smithsonian Folkways Certificate Course in World Music Pedagogy in some form in 2021.

Participants will explore and develop a foundation in world music pedagogy by engaging  with world music in daily workshops featuring several musical cultures including Central Appalachia, Brazil, and West Africa 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 intensive weeklong course is intended for K-12, university, and community educators interested in designing  innovative curricula that connect K-12 music programs with local and  global musical traditions. Workshops engage participants in singing, playing and dancing along with contextualized cultural components. 

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Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive documentation from the Smithsonian Institution that certifies specialized study in world music pedagogy, along with verification of 40 continuing education hours. 


Contact Janet Robbins at  JANET.ROBBINS@MAIL.WVU.EDU.