Caribbean Music Pedagogy Workshop: Overview

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A music pedagogy for social justice.

This is an intensive week-long professional development workshop 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. We  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. This introductory workshop will expose educators to Caribbean history and culture broadly speaking, as well as important musical concepts in the study of Caribbean music. Over the five days of instruction, participants will explore (and rethink) musical concepts common throughout the region, gain an understanding and appreciation for the interconnectedness of the Caribbean region as a whole, and explore music in select countries. Resources for teaching (i.e. music, readings, and classroom exercises) will be made available, as well as suggestions for curriculum development and how to meet national standards. For a list of workshop instructors, click here.


Our workshop offerings include:

Vocal + Rhythmic Pedagogy; Dance Training; Caribbean History; Teaching Resources + Strategies; Constructive Allyship Methods; Workshops with Guest Artists; and Certificate of Completion


Why this Workshop?

A consistent problem in the study of non-Western music is the inability of educators to teach musics that are not from their cultural heritage in a manner that is consistent with the values, ethos, and stylistic approaches of that culture. Many educators teach such cultures largely from a Western perspective, without really understanding themselves the culture whose music they are teaching. Our workshops are designed to provide educators with the knowledge and tools to teach Caribbean music in a manner that is consistent with Caribbean ways of knowing and being. All classes include Caribbean history as well as pedagogical methods for teaching Caribbean music in the diaspora. Topics are explored from throughout the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. Ethnomusicologist and Kodály certified music educator Dr. Danielle Brown teaches the course; guest artists will add knowledge and depth to the subject matter. 


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 9, 2018—July 13, 2018

New York City

138 S. Oxford Street

Brooklyn, NY 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 from the space.

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 ($65). The remaining balance is due by July 1, 2018. Please see the information below for further details, including registration deadlines. To register, click here.  


Tuition + Fees + Scholarships
Early Bird Tuition: $700

Regular Tuition: $800

Registration Fee: $65 (Non-refundable)

A limited number of scholarships are available. If interested, please complete the scholarship application form. For more information, email Danielle Brown at


Registration Deadline
Early Registration: April 15, 2018 by 11:59pm 

Regular Registration: July 1, 2018 by 11:59pm

*Non-refundable registration fee must be paid in full to successfully register for the course.


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, 2018). 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.