2020 Summer Study Opportunities

2020 Summer Study Opportunities

From the National Association for Music Education

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NAfME Professional Development Opportunities

  • NAfME Academy: For $20/year, NAfME members ($100/year for nonmembers) can access webinars on a wide range of music education topics and 100+ hours of professional development. Contact Rob Edwards at RobE@nafme.org with questions. Preview free webinars here.
  • Start planning this summer to attend the November NAfME Conference! Amplify 2020: Bringing the Future into Focus: NAfME PreK–12 Conference, NAfME Biennial Music Research and Teacher Education National Conference, and All-National Honor Ensemble Performances. November 4–8, Orlando’s Gaylord Palms Resort. Come to learn!
  • Music Educators Journal (free online to NAfME members): Read feature articles and take a short quiz to receive professional development recognition. Contact Rob Edwards at RobE@nafme.org with questions about quizzes and recognition certificates.

Other NAfME Resources to Peruse over the Summer

  • Vision 2020: Discover how music education leaders imagined music education in 2020 and beyond, and add to the conversation!
  • Quarterly Advocacy Webinars: Free information about advocacy, federal programs, and applying targeted federal funds to your music program.
  • NAfME Position Statements: Learn what your professional association has distilled about topics like Alternative Certification, Sacred Music in Schools, Diversity and Inclusion, and many other music education topics.
  • Free Curricula/Lesson Plans: With Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Resources, NAfME subject experts have created lesson plans in areas such as General Music, Band, Orchestra, Chorus, High School Music Theory/Composition.

Opportunities from Other Organizations

Smithsonian Folkways 2020 World Music Pedagogy Courses

  • Association of American Schools in South America: March 17–20, 2020; Sao Paolo, Brazil. This South American World Music Pedagogycourse is a preconference in collaboration with Smithsonian Folkways. Participants will play, sing, and move to music from world cultures, including Brazil. Visit the AASSA website, or contact Jennifer Walden at waldenj429@gmail.com.
  • The Musical Instrument Museum; June 15–19, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona. Directors: Katherine Palmer & Amanda Soto. The Phoenix Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) offers a Smithsonian Folkways certificate course in World Music Pedagogy. MIM preserves/makes accessible instruments and performance videos from many countries. Participants study world music through song, movement/dance, instrumental music. Faculty includes MIM educators, artist-musicians, culture bearers, and experienced teachers. Click here for more information.
  • West Virginia University; June 22–26, 2020; Morgantown, West Virginia. Director: Janet Robbins. West Virginia University School of Music/Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy Intended for K–12, university, and community educators interested in designing innovative curricula that connect K–12 music programs with local/global musical traditions. Featured cultures include Appalachia, Brazil, and West Africa. Teachers completing the course receive documentation from the Smithsonian certifying study in world music pedagogy. Click here for more information.
  • University of Washington; June 29–July 3, 2020; Seattle, Washington. Director: Amanda Soto. A 40-hour intensive course in World Music Pedagogy emphasizes diversity, equity, and inclusion. Engage in global and local cultures through song, movement/dance experience, and instrumental music, and learn strategies for using culture-bearing musicians and recordings from the archives of Smithsonian Folkways and the Routledge World Music Pedagogy Learn how to teach world music in culturally sensitive ways, and receive documentation from the Smithsonian/University of Washington certifying study. Cultures include Bulgaria, gospel, India, Indonesia (gamelan), Mexico (and Tejano), Senegal (Wolof), Turkey, and Zimbabwe. Visit www.worldmusicpedagogy.com.
  • University of St. Thomas; July 6–10, 2020; St. Paul, Minnesota. This weeklong course in World Music Pedagogy teaches participants about local/global cultures through song, movement, instrumental music, and integrating cultural understandings. Participants receive a certificate from the Smithsonian on achievement in World Music Pedagogy; graduate credit available. Vocal/ instrumental music and dance of the Balkans, Puerto Rico, the Congo, and Japan, as well as Arabic music and Javanese gamelan featured. Contact Karen Howard, howard@stthomas.edu.
  • Eastern Washington University; July 13–17, 2020; Cheney, Washington. Five-day course in World Music Pedagogy explores music of many cultures. Participants learn through song, movement, dance, and instrumental music. Completing a final project allows participants to receive a Smithsonian Folkways Certificate in World Music Pedagogy. Workshops include Hawaii, West Africa, Trinidad, the Salish community, and more. Contact Cynthia Nasman at cnasman@ewu.edu.


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