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Music Education Teacher Workshop: Nathan Kruse

Saturday, September 28, 2019
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
John George Althouse Faculty of Education Building (FEB)
Room: 1054
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Join us for a series of music education workshops (open to teachers), presented by the Music Education Department at the Don Wright Faculty of Music.

Nathan Kruse presents:
"Musical Creativity through ‘Ukulele, Kanikapila, and Culturally Responsive Teaching"

This workshop includes a variety of strategies for introducing and developing musical creativity in classrooms and communities. From a practical standpoint, attendees will explore how the ‘ukulele can be used as a teaching tool by participating in jam sessions and songwriting activities throughout the workshop. From a cultural standpoint, participants will learn more about Hawaiian history, colonial practices in Hawai’i, and the ‘ukulele’s role in Hawaiian culture. Together, these components can help to form a basis for promoting culturally responsive teaching through an unassuming instrument. Attendees are encouraged to bring a ‘ukulele.

Nathan B. Kruse is Associate Professor of Music Education at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He teaches courses in research methods, sociology of music education, vernacular music, and classroom guitar. He also conducts the Adult Orchestra at The Music Settlement, one of Cleveland’s oldest community music schools. Kruse’s research interests include adult music education and lifespan learning, ethnographic traditions of community music, and school-university partnerships.

For the complete schedule and information about other music education workshops, visit the Music Education Workshops webpage.

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Please note: Western is completely smoke free, including evenings, weekends and intermission!

Patrick Schmidt - Chair, Music Education

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