Come sing, play, move, create, and experience joy with living music traditions from Spain, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Participants will actively engage in repertoire that the presenter recently learned while living in each of these countries. The music was shared by teachers, families, and children and represents diverse practices that span from traditional songs and singing games to contemporary children’s music that utilizes recorded media. The activities allow for musical play and movement, encourage lyrical improvisation, and foster community. The texts are accessible to learn and field videos will be shown to demonstrate the songs in authentic contexts. History of each region and strategies for integrating the collection into Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Pedagogies will also be discussed. ¡Ven a cantar y jugar! Come sing and play!
CDE Clock Hours* are available at all workshops for no extra cost!
Graduate Credit* is available through Adams State University for participating in all three workshops.
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Dr. Rachel Gibson is a Professor of Music and coordinator of music education at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. She serves on summer faculty at the University of Montevallo Kodály Institute in Alabama (UMKI) and is currently teaching and researching at Universidad de Málaga in Spain as a Fulbright Global Scholar. She is an active local, national, and international clinician, president-elect of Kodály Educators of Southern New England (KESNE), member-at-large for Connecticut American Orff-Schulwerk Association (CTAOSA), and serves on the OAKE National Board of Directors. Her research interests include children’s music traditions in Hispanic countries and has engaged in folk song collection and research in Spain during a five-month residency and in Guatemala and Nicaragua for ten months. Her upcoming book, ¡Canta Conmigo! Songs and Singing Games from Guatemala and Nicaragua, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2021. Prior to her current position, she taught K-6 general and choral music for 15 years in New York, Connecticut, and Washington State and maintained a piano studio where she taught lessons to children and adults.
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