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Smithsonian Folkways brings global music to K-12 classrooms through UNC World View

UNC World View has partnered with Smithsonian Folkways, the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, to distribute free educational materials that incorporate global music into K-12 classrooms.  

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillpublic service program dedicated to developing global educators, UNC World View created thematerials as a part of its Global MusicFellows program.TwelvefellowsfromthroughoutNorth Carolina integrated the music of Abigail WashburnAndrew W. Mellon FoundationDiscoveryThrough Iterative Learning Fellowat Carolina Performing Arts,and Wu Fei into curriculum materials for educators across multiple grade levels and disciplines.  

Three of the lesson plans developed are being shared by Smithsonian Folkways in conjunction with the April 2020 release of their self-titled album,Wu Fei  Abigail Washburn.”Thiscollaborative debutblends Chinese and Appalachian folk music traditions and features the banjo with the guzheng 

As a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States, Smithsonian Folkwayssupports cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the dissemination of audio recordings and educational materials. The UNC World View lesson plans provide teachers with resourceto do just that— bring cross-cultural connections to the classroom through music.  

“Music has always been a vital part of human expression,” said Holly Loranger, UNC World View assistant director. It has the power to engage, motivate and inspire students and builds bridges between both what is familiar and what is unfamiliar.”  

The featured lessons span grades K-12 and explore body percussion, lullabies around the world and how the creation of music can be influenced by heritage, culture

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