logo_smithsonianFolkwaysJoin us for a world music pedagogy course in the 2013-2014 school year

  • learn more about world musics/dance and musical cultures of South Florida
  • develop skills in world music pedagogy
  • find ways of using world music resources/materials in classrooms and community centers

photos of teachers' workshops at Ravinia on August 19, 2010

Experience world music through singing, playing, dancing, and learning about musical cultures, as well as by sampling and working with a wide-range of world music resources. These experiences will be designed to serve your needs in classes for children, youth, and adults in schools and community centers.  You will share ideas, reflect, and create curriculum that can be applied in a wide array of teaching and learning settings. Teaching materials including lessons, resources, and music will be provided to all participants. frost-school-of-musicThe course will be offered as a series of 6 Saturday workshops (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) throughout the 2013-2014 school year. Those who successfully complete the complete program will receive Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy Certification. Master plan points toward re-certification will also be offered.

Workshop Dates: September 28, October 19, November 2, January 25, February 22, March 22

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Traditional artist-musicians, experienced educators, and pedagogical experts will form the faculty roster for these workshops. Presenters include:

  • Patricia Shehan Campbell (University of Washington, author, world music pedagogy expert)
  • Nick Page (Mystic Chorale, composer, author, conductor, song leader)
  • Ann Clements (Penn State University, conductor, author, music of Pacific and Ocean)
  • Alejandro Jimenez (World Music Press & Hal Leonard, arranger, music educator, Afro-Spanish-Carribean music)
  • Carlos Abril (University of Miami, author, arranger, Cuban folk music)
  • Michelle Grant-Murray (Miami Dade College, dancer, educator, choreographer, African diaspora)
  • Deborah Schwartz-Kates (University of Miami, author, Argentinean folk music)
  • Clifford Sutton (Florida Atlantic University, master percussionist, Latin American specialist)

World musical cultures studied might include:


  • Afro-Caribbean
  • Argentinian
  • Brazilian
  • Cuban
  • Dominican
  • Uruguayan
  • Israeli
  • Maori
  • Puerto Rican
  • Southeast Asian

For more information contact Carlos Abril at

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