A “Musicking” Classroom: Singing, Playing, and Dancing around the World
Abstract: The purpose of this session is to introduce the concept of “musicking,” a term coined by ethnomusicologist Christopher Small, by engaging the participants in musical activities, such as singing, playing, and dancing, so the participants can experience an active, child-centered music pedagogy. Materials to be used in the session include folk songs of various world music origins, such as the U.S., Middle East, China, Taiwan, and Korea, and European classical music.
Dr. Jui-Ching Wang is Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University where she teaches music education and world music courses and coordinates world music ensembles such as Chinese music ensemble, Indonesian gamelan ensemble, and Middle Eastern music ensemble. As a clinician advocating the study of music as culture, she has provided training and demonstrations for in-service teachers and students to help them expand their cultural horizon through music. To promote the teaching of world music in the 21st century, she organized and chaired the 2015 Teaching World Music Symposium attended by more than 120 participants from seven countries. She is a Fulbright Senior Scholar, studying dolanan anak, Javanese children’s singing games in Yogyakarta in 2016-17.