Candles on the Rooftop and a cheetah in the grasslands: An introduction to songs, singing games and dances of the Middle East for American music classrooms
Who can resist sneaking across the moonlit rooftops of a Kurdish village, or imagining the palang who crouches in the Iranian grasslands ? How high can we pile blankets on the back of a camel on a family’s journey to Mecca? What simple, beautiful and accessible songs will awaken curiosity about the rich diversity of the Middle East? Music teachers have always known the value of multi-cultural music! So--what are the subtle shifts that enrich our teaching, presentation and understanding of multi-cultural music? The workshop will explore Middle Eastern repertoire including repertoire for beginning and intermediate Orff ensembles. Timely issues will be gently woven throughout the day · pedagogy beyond borders · contemporary sensitivities and historic context · strategies for navigating languages, · conversation and controversy/ parents and administration
Joan Isaacs Litman, is the founding Artistic Director of Cantigas Women’s Choir in Hoboken, NJ. A native Californian, she has been a music educator and choral director in the New York metropolitan area for many years. With a longing to stimulate interest and appreciation of less understood cultures, Joan has focused her research on traditional songs of the Middle East. In the past decade she has taught and guest conducted in Iran, Israel, Palestine, Spain, Syria, Lebanon and throughout Latin America. For many years she served on the music faculty of the United Nations International School in New York City. Joan is a presently Artist-inResidence at the Mustard Seed School, Hoboken, New Jersey, where she is also a founder and Music Director Emerita. Joan was named OAKE’s Educator of the Year in 2009.