Caribbean Music Pedagogy Workshop: Overview

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A music pedagogy for social justice.

The Caribbean Music Pedagogy Workshop (CMPW) is a 10-day, three-summer professional development program that combines studies in ethnomusicology, music education, critical race theory, and social justice to offer new ways of exploring Caribbean music whether in a classroom or performance setting. Each summer offers 10 days of intense study of music from at least three Caribbean nations representing different language areas from the region. Summer 2019 will focus on Cuba, Haiti, and Trinidad & Tobago.

CMPW differs from other pedagogy workshops in that it actively promotes social justice in both its design and implementation. The workshop is designed to help eradicate systemic racism in the field of music by getting teachers and artists to think consciously about their approaches to teaching and performing music. During the program, participants will be exposed to Caribbean history and culture, as well as important musical concepts in the study of Caribbean music. In addition, they will explore (and rethink) musical concepts common throughout the region, and gain an understanding and appreciation for the interconnectedness of the Caribbean region as a whole. 

In keeping with our social justice goals, CMPW program instructors are local artists from the Caribbean or of Caribbean ancestry who are experts in their field. They bring a unique perspective to the study of Caribbean music in the U.S. where classes are taught primarily by people outside of the culture. Instructors teach from a Caribbean perspective and offer strategies for teaching musical traditions that have been marginalized within a system that privileges Western art music and Eurocentric pedagogical methods.

The program includes pre-workshop readings, and classes will consist of studies in Caribbean history, music and dance workshops with guests artists, teaching resources and strategies (including suggestions for curriculum development and how to meet national standards), critical analysis of current music education resources, and an examination of constructive allyship methods. Classes are led by ethnomusicologist, musician, and Kodály-certified music educator Dr. Danielle Brown. Special music and dance workshops will be led by guest artists. For a list of our 2019 workshop instructors, click here.


Workshop offerings include:

Vocal + Rhythmic Pedagogy; Music + Dance Workshops with Guest Artists; Caribbean History; Teaching Resources + Strategies; Constructive Allyship Methods; Certificate of Completion (for each level and full program)


Who Should Take This Workshop?

This workshop is primarily designed for music educators broadly speaking (e.g. K-12, college, private), artists, and music students. 


Location and Schedule

July 8, 2019—July 19, 2019

New York City

138 S. Oxford Street

Brooklyn, New York 11217


Workshops will take place at the LuEsther T. Mertz South Oxford Space. The building is conveniently located in Downtown Brooklyn near the Atlantic Avenue—Barclays Center Terminal, from which most subway lines (B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5), and the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) are accessible. Additional subway lines (A, C, G) are within walking distance.

Classes will meet from 9:30am–4:30pm daily, including a 1-hour lunch break. 



To register for the workshop, complete the application form and pay the non-refundable registration fee ($350). The remaining balance is due by July 1, 2019. Please see the information below for further details, including registration deadlines. To register, click here.  

Registration Deadlines
Early Registration: March 15, 2019  

Regular Registration: April 15, 2019

Tuition, Fees, & Scholarships
Early Bird Tuition: $1,150 (Register on or before March 15, 2019)

Regular Tuition: $1,300 (Register after March 15, 2019)

Registration Fee: $350 (Non-refundable)

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form by April 15, 2019. Scholarship applicants do not need to register and pay the non-refundable registration fee until they receive a response regarding their application.

After the registration deadlines, applications for the workshop will be accepted on a space available basis. For more information, email Danielle Brown at


Refund Policy
All tuition and fees will be refunded in the event that the workshop is canceled by the administrator for any reason. A 100% tuition refund will be provided if registration is canceled by 11:59pm on the final day of regular registration (July 1, 2019). Registrations canceled after this date will not be entitled to a refund. My People Tell Stories reserves the right to cancel the workshop due to low enrollment.