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Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy Course

Celebrating Global and Local Music Culture

In Person: June 26-30, 2023

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Join music educators, ethnomusicologists and guest artists as we gather in person for West Virginia University’s sixth annual World Music Pedagogy Course: Celebrating Global and Local Music Culture. Participants will engage with music and cultural traditions from Appalachia, West Africa, and Brazil in daily workshops and presentations led by WVU faculty and guest artists. Opportunities to explore Smithsonian Folkways’ rich ethnographic, audio, film and print archives will open ears and minds to people and places both near and far as we consider connections to the vibrant musical cultures in our classrooms, communities, and beyond.


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Principles and practices of World Music Pedagogy (WMP) will be at the center of demonstrations and conversations throughout the week as we consider pathways for promoting culturally sensitive, diverse, and inclusive music curricula in K-12, university, and community music settings. Strategies for applying the dimensions and pathways of WMP will be highlighted with examples from Routledge’s new World Music Pedagogy series and explored by participants in a collaborative  podcast project featuring archival recordings, WMP’s listen-and-learn pedagogy, and acknowledgement of people and place. 

Smithsonian Folkways Certificate and Professional Development 

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Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive documentation of 30 clock hours and a certificate of accomplishment from the Smithsonian Folkways Institution for specialized study in world music pedagogy.  Participants may also enroll in non-degree graduate credit through WVU Online Professional Development.



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