Online Professional Development at the Center for American Music, part of the University of Pittsburgh's Library System

ACT 48 credit is available for Pennsylvania participants

October  23  Harnessing the Power of Music with Voices Across Time
$25 for participants
Voices Across Time (voices.pitt.edu) is the Center for American Music’s free, online resource for helping educators integrate music into their lessons and curricula to enrich their teaching of US history and culture. This workshop introduces educators to the resource and strategies for using music in the classroom.

Registration information is available at https://pitt.libcal.com/event/8274994.


November 13 Reconsidering the Role of Minstrel Songs in the Multicultural  Classroom
$25 for participants
In this workshop participants will analyze and discuss items from the Center for American Music’s archive to better understand the history and controversies of the music of the minstrel genre, which has been foundational in school curricula for over 100 years. Experts in the fields of education will model strategies for engaging with this controversial music and facilitate reflection among participants on pedagogical approaches in different teaching contexts.

Registration information is available at https://pitt.libcal.com/event/7911779

Presenters:
Beth Davies is the music curriculum director for Cedar Rapids schools in Iowa, where she also directs middle school bands. She is leading a review of her district’s music curriculum that aims to diversify content and replace or contextualize historically racist music.

Jennifer Forness is Head of Music at International School Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany. After teaching in New Jersey public schools for 8 years, Jennifer moved with her family to Germany, where she began working in early childhood music with other international families. Her interest in Stephan Foster began during her Master’s studies and continues today as she seeks to situate English-language music instruction within a multi-national community.

Brandi Waller-Pace is the founder and Executive Director of Decolonizing the Music Room. She taught elementary music for ten years in Fort Worth, Texas, where she was awarded the 2018 Bayard Friedman Chair for Teaching Excellence in Performance Arts. Brandi holds a BM and MM in Jazz Studies from Howard University and is pursuing a PhD in Music Education at the University of North Texas. An educational equity advocate, she has been a member of the Fort Worth ISD racial equity committee since 2018. In 2019 and 2020, she served on the Texas African American Studies Course Curriculum Advisory Team, which helped to formulate curriculum standards for Texas’s first state-approved African American course. Brandi is an active musician and performs various styles, most often jazz and early American Roots music.

January 22  Harnessing the Power of Music with Voices Across Time
$25 for participants
Voices Across Time (voices.pitt.edu) is the Center for American Music’s free, online resource for helping educators integrate music into their lessons and curricula to enrich their teaching of US history and culture. This workshop introduces educators to the resource and strategies for using music in the classroom.

April 23 Civil War History through Song
$25 for participants
It is tempting to approach music from the American Civil War as a reflection of the basic geopolitical conflict, namely by separating and examining the Union vs. the Confederacy or the North vs. the South. Yet such an approach overlooks many of the sociocultural issues that not only led to war but defined this rich period in American musical history. This webinar will introduce additional polarities – such as Soldiers vs. Civilians, Upper- vs. Lower-class, Slave Song vs. Abolition Song, Vocal vs. Instrumental, and War Songs vs. Songs During War – that molded musical taste and practice during the Civil War.

Presenter:
James A. Davis is SUNY Distinguished Professor of musicology at SUNY Fredonia. His latest book is “Maryland, My Maryland": Music and Patriotism during the American Civil War (University of Nebraska Press, 2019). He is also the author of Music Along the Rapidan: Civil War Soldiers, Music and Community During Winter Quarters, Virginia (University of Nebraska Press, 2014) and Bully for the Band! The Letters and Diary of Four Brothers in the 10th Vermont Infantry Band (MacFarland, 2012). He edited the collections The Art and Culture of the American Civil War (Routledge, 2016) and The Music History Classroom (Ashgate, 2012). He is the founding Editor for the Teaching of Music History series with Routledge.

His research has been published in American Music, College Music Symposium, Journal of Military History, Nineteenth Century Studies, Journal of the History of Ideas, Journal of Band Research, and the Journal of American Culture. His articles on pedagogy have appeared in International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Journal of Aesthetic Education, and Philosophy of Music Education Review.

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