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Smithsonian Folkways Certificate Course in World Music Pedagogy Cancelled

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June 15, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.


The Smithsonian Folkways World Music Pedagogy certificate course explores how educators can integrate world music within their classrooms. Taking place at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) June 15–19, 2020, this is the only course in the program being offered in the Southwest.

Incorporating world music at school has the power to improve inclusiveness in classrooms, promote cultural understanding, and inspire creativity. Course participants will engage in world music study through interactive workshops that focus on learning world cultures through songs, movement and dance experiences, instrumental music, and contextualized components. MIM educators, artists, culture bearers, and experienced teachers will share recordings and other curricular materials from the Smithsonian Folkways archives, lead small group sessions, and guide participants through MIM’s vibrant and immersive galleries, which showcase more than 7,000 instruments and objects from around the world. Musical experiences will be tailored to apply at various levels and grades, including classes for youth in K–12 settings and adults in university and community settings.

Please contact Katherine Palmer at katherine.palmer@MIM.org or 480.245.6962 with any questions.


Course faculty include traditional artist-musicians, culture bearers, and experienced educators:

  • Jason Thompson, African American Gospel Choir
  • Eileen Morgan, Japanese Taiko Drumming
  • Sonja Branch, Senegalese Sabar Drum and Dance
  • Joe Goglia, Puerto Rican Bomba
  • Patricia Shehan Campbell, World Music Pedagogy
  • Amanda C. Soto, Social Justice and Pedagogy
  • Katherine Palmer, MIM Object-Based Learning
  • Nathan Botts, MIM Object-Based Learning
  • Additional faculty forthcoming


Hotel Accommodations:
There are special-rate rooms available ($89/night) at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Phoenix North – Scottsdale (4575 E. Irma Ln., Phoenix, AZ 85050), which is approximately 1.1 miles (5-minute drive) from MIM.

To reserve a room at these rates, attendees can either call Reservations directly (833.259.3117) and mention World Pedagogy Workshop (group code WPW) or use the booking link. The discounted rates will populate directly onto the reservations page. Guests may cancel hotel reservations up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.


About the Course Faculty

Jason Thompson, African American Gospel Choir

With more than three decades of experience in gospel music, Jason Thompson works with gospel choir pedagogies on both “style” and “substance” essential to the genre and culture. The credit-bearing gospel choir that he resurrected at Arizona State University boasts more than 125 singers, including undergraduate, graduate, and community members. Dr. Thompson’s research explores the ways in which culture influences and mediates teaching and learning and how teachers develop the competencies needed for working in diverse environments. Additionally, he has conducted research on youth detained in the criminal justice system that focused on curriculum, culturally responsive pedagogies, and the role music plays in how detained youth experience their incarceration. Thompson’s research has been published in professional journals including Music Education ResearchMusic Educators Journal, Missouri School Music, and Antiphon, and his choral octavos are available through GIA Publications. He has also presented at national and international conferences in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Belgium. Through a grant awarded through the National Association for Music Education and the Society of Research in Music Education, Thompson (Principal Investigator), along with colleagues and doctoral students, is conducting research on the community cultural wealth that 13-to-18-year-olds in the Greater Phoenix area use to “do” music. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (BM and MM) and Northwestern University (PhD).

Eileen Morgan, Japanese Taiko Drumming

Eileen Morgan has a BS in Music Education, K–12, and a master’s education degree in Deaf Education, K–12. She has taught music for over 30 years, working with children, adults, special needs populations, as well as disadvantaged and incarcerated youth. She began studying Taiko with Fushicho Daiko in 1992 and has taught Taiko exclusively since 2001. Morgan became director of Fushicho Daiko in 2011, building the studio to 70+ students and five community groups. Extensive school residencies, after-school and summer-school programs, performances throughout the Valley, and the vibrant downtown teaching studio provide opportunities for thousands of individuals from around Arizona to experience the power of Taiko as well as learn about this unique art form that encourages physical and mental development, confidence, teamwork, cooperation, and community building.

Sonja Branch, Senegalese Sabar Drum and Dance

Sonja Branch, D.Mus.A., holds degrees in music performance from Ithaca College and Arizona State University. She directs West African percussion ensembles at Glendale and Scottsdale Community Colleges and at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. In 2014, she established Ensemble Ndeye Soxna, a performing group dedicated to promoting Senegalese sabar drumming in Phoenix. An active freelance musician, Branch also appears regularly with several ensembles, including the MusicaNova Orchestra, Kawambe-Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre, Crossing 32nd St. Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Sonoran Marimba Band, and the funk band Dr. Delicious. She is an accompanist for dance classes at Grand Canyon University and also repairs and reheads drums in her home shop. Along with her percussion activities, Branch plays guitarrón with Mariachi Luz del Sur and the all-female Mariachi Rubor.

Joe Goglia, Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena

Joe Goglia completed his bachelor of music degree in Percussion Performance and his master’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis in Jazz  at Arizona State University. In addition to formal education, Goglia has had the opportunity to study with a variety of instructors in the folkloric field. Currently, Goglia is the director of instrumental and digital music at Camelback High School. His duties at Camelback include band, percussion ensemble, and music technology. Goglia is also a seasoned performer. He works as a freelance musician with a variety of performing artists. In 2012, Goglia created the group Samba de Cavalo. This group specializes in Afro-Brazilian music, but also has been blending different music of African diaspora to create a new and unique sound. He has also collaborated with Amanda Soares in The Samba Project, and can be always be seen with Boom! Percussion on trash cans or marching drums. One of his latest endeavors includes Grupo BombAZo, an Afro-Puerto Rican folkloric group that specializes in Bomba and Plena. As an active member of the Percussive Arts Society for many years, Joe has served as Arizona chapter vice president and president for the chapter.

Patricia Shehan Campbell, World Music Pedagogy

Patricia Shehan Campbell teaches courses at the interface of ethnomusicology and music education, including music for children, world music pedagogy, and ethnographic research in music at the University of Washington. She has delivered lectures and conducted clinics across North America and in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Campbell is published widely on issues of cross-cultural music learning, children’s musical cultures, cultural diversity in music education, and the study of the world’s musical cultures in K–12 and university courses. She received the Taichi Traditional Music Award (along with Ravi Shankar and Bruno Nettl) in 2013, and the Koizumi Prize in Ethnomusicology in 2017, for her work on the transmission, teaching, and preservation of traditional music in schools and university music programs. Campbell is editor of the six-volume World Music Pedagogy series published by Routledge in 2018–19. She is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Children’s Musical Cultures (2013) and the Global Music Series (2004–present). She has written well over 150 books, chapters, and articles in refereed journals. In her chairing of the Board for Smithsonian Folkways (2008–2018), she guided the curricular development of archived recordings for the dissemination through teaching of American and global music expressions in schools and communities. She holds a PhD from Kent State University and a BFA from Ohio University.

Amanda C. Soto, Conjunto, Social Justice, and Pedagogy

Amanda C. Soto is assistant professor of music education at the Texas State University School of Music. She is currently co-instructor for the annual Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy held at the University of Washington in Seattle. She serves as the music education member of the College Music Society Board of Directors, is co-chair of the Education Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and is co-chair of the Cultural Diversity and Social Justice ASPA of the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE). She also serves as the Collegiate Chair of the Texas Music Educators Conference. Soto earned a bachelor of arts degree in Music Education from the University of North Texas, a masters of arts in Ethnomusicology, and a doctor of philosophy in Music Education from the University of Washington. She has undertaken certification studies in Orff and Kodály pedagogical approaches and holds a certification in world music pedagogy from the Smithsonian Institution. Soto’s ongoing research on world music pedagogy, children’s musical culture and identity, the use of technology in music education, social justice in music education, and Mexican and Mexican American music and culture has produced publications in journals in both music education and ethnomusicology.

Katherine Palmer, MIM Object-Based Learning

Katherine Palmer is the curator of education at the Musical Instrument Museum, where she is in charge of developing and teaching ethnomusicological and interdisciplinary educational content. She performs with the Mill Ave Chamber Players and has appeared with a variety of musical groups throughout Phoenix and Arizona. Additionally, Palmer is an adjunct instructor at Paradise Valley Community College, a faculty associate in the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, and the executive director of Daraja Music Initiative (DMI), a nonprofit organization that provides music and conservation education for students in Moshi, Tanzania, during the summer months to primary and secondary students. Palmer has presented papers, workshops, and performances at international conferences for College Music Society (2013, 2017), Society for Ethnomusicology (2014–2019), International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest (2014–2019), and International Society for Music Education (2016). Palmer holds degrees from the University of Miami (BM) and Arizona State University (MM, MA, and DMA) in music and ethnomusicology.

Nathan Botts, MIM Object-Based Learning

Nathan Botts comes to Arizona from New York City, where he enjoyed an acclaimed career performing and recording in numerous musical genres, including jazz, bluegrass, electronica, and classical music. Hailed by the New York Times as “superb” and “admirable,” Botts has appeared as a soloist with the China National Symphony, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect. In addition, he has created and facilitated educational programs for Carnegie Hall in New York, Mexico, and Hong Kong. As a PhD candidate at Arizona State University, Botts’s research specializes in interdisciplinary learning from arts-based perspectives as well as change in music education. As the museum educator at the Musical Instrument Museum, Botts develops educational curricula, trains museum docents, facilitates community music workshops, and presents professional development to area educators.

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