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2018 Professional Development Workshop on Teaching about East Asia

Music for the Masses: History, Culture and Social Change in East Asia Through Song & Melody

Friday, May 4, 4:30-9pm and Saturday, May 5, 9-4pm

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend programming for both days, but it is possible to attend only the Friday or Saturday session.

This University of Michigan East Asia centers at the International Institute are offering a two-day immersion workshop to support educators in deepening their skills and knowledge in teaching about East Asia! This year’s workshop will focus on music as a tool for learning and approaching the study of social movements, culture, attitudes and trends in East Asia.

When do we sing together? What motivates groups to use music to make a point, celebrate an occasion, or earmark a cultural event? How are national anthems contentious or unifying?   In what ways do chants, hymns, rhymes, anthems chart our musical landscape?

Among the topics we’ll cover through faculty and music experts are songs as a force for political change and/or political content, popular global soundscapes and traditional orchestral ensembles. Educational takeaways include campus resources, books, and selected East Asian songs for classroom orchestra and/or choral performance.

Who should attend?

Educators who work with K-12 and college students. Workshop participants will be eligible to receive SCECH credits. There is a fee for SCECH credits but no cost for the workshop.

More Opportunities!

To encourage participants from the entire state of Michigan, we have also introduced the possibility to join remotely, so you can benefit from the opportunity even if your school is far away from Ann Arbor. Don’t let distance be a barrier!  Let us know if you are interested in this option!

What to expect:

  • Faculty-led presentations and discussions
  • Hands-on music activities
  • Live musical performance
  • Teacher resource kits
  • Meals and snacks provided

At the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
The International Institute at Weiser Hall

Lodging available

Registration open until Wednesday, April 25th.

Register now here!

Organized by the U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, Center for Japanese Studies, and Nam Center for Korean Studies (together a US Department of Education National Resource Center for East Asia)