September 27, 2014
World Music in the Kodály-inspired Classroom
Holy Names University
9:30am – 1:00pm
As our country grows increasingly diverse and the Internet makes folk music from around the world easily accessible, music educators have wonderful opportunities to broaden their curriculum. In this workshop, Christopher Roberts, teacher of K-5 classroom music and of teacher training classes in Seattle, Washington, will give us pedagogical tools and a variety of sources and materials to craft world music listening lessons, with examples from Botswana, Turkey, and other countries. We will learn specific steps for creating effective listening experiences from other parts of the world. Christopher will also teach several singing games from around the world, ready for classroom use, and aimed at thoughtfully developing students’ musicianship while expanding their cultural understanding.
We are delighted to start this academic year off with such an expansive array of ideas and materials! Please join us.
Jan 24, 2015
Teaching American Folksong Traditions
Cleveland Elementary School
745 Cleveland Street, Oakland
9:30am – 1:00pm
Evo Bluestein’s childhood home often hosted an array of America’s great bearers of traditional musical culture: Pete, Mike and Peggy Seeger, Bessie Jones, Jean Ritchie and Elizabeth Cotten, to name just a few. Over the past 30 years he has crafted this first-hand training and his extensive knowledge of folk songs, dances, games and instruments into weeklong residencies for thousands of California school children, passing on a rich variety of authentic cultural experiences. We are pleased to offer this workshop, in which Evo will teach a demonstration class of various traditional American songs, games and dances to local 3rd and 4th graders, allowing us to observe his well-honed, practical and compelling teaching style. Evo is a superb performer in his own right, and after sharing a wealth of materials and discussing his teaching ideas, he will balance out the morning with a live performance of songs from various American traditions: Appalachian, African-American, Cajun and Blues.
Evo has been called a national treasure. Don’t miss this chance to experience authentic folk teaching and performing.