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Smithsonian Folkways Certificate Course in World Music Pedagogy

Celebrating Global and Local Music Culture

Save the date: June 2025

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Join music educators, ethnomusicologists, and guest artists for this year’s in-person professional development course celebrating local and global culture. Participants will engage with music in daily workshops featuring Appalachian, Mexilachian, West African, Afro-Cuban, Northeast Brazilian, and Trinidadian traditions.

Principles and practices of World Music Pedagogy (WMP) will be at the center of demonstrations and conversations throughout the duration of the course with attention to promoting culturally sensitive, diverse, and inclusive music curricula in K-12, university, and community music settings. Participants will explore Smithsonian Folkways’ rich ethnographic, audio, film, and print archives and draw deeper connections to the vibrant cultures in their classrooms, communities, and beyond.

Applications of WMP for K-12 and university classrooms will be illustrated with examples from Routledge’s new World Music Pedagogy series and highlighted in projects featuring SFR archival recordings and WMP dimensions and pathways.

Smithsonian Folkways Certificate and Professional Development 

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive documentation of 30 clock hours and a certificate from Smithsonian Folkways for specialized study in world music pedagogy. Teachers needing course credit can register for additional non-degree graduate credit through WVU Online Professional Development.


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