2022 Winter Conference Sessions

Saturday, January 8th | 11:25AM – 12:15PM

Location: Student Union Room 2


Incorporating World Music Traditions into a Band or Orchestra Program (Round 1)
Clinician: Henry Hung
Type: Multicultural

Synopsis: Led by Henry Hung, educator at the Asawa School of the Arts, this session will discuss strategies and logistics of teaching music traditions from throughout the world in a Band and Orchestra classroom. The Asawa School of the Arts hosts a World Music Department that features ensembles focusing on Taiko, West African, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Filipino, and Gamelan music. Over the past five years, there has been a concerted effort to bridge the pedagogies of the Band, Orchestra, Vocal, and World Music departments.  We will share with you what we have tried, what we have learned, and we hope for in the future.

Topics will include:

  • What are the pros and cons of utilizing Band and Orchestra arrangements of non-Western traditions? 
  • What do we teachers need to be sensitive or aware of when trying to teach non-Western music?
  • How do we approach these music traditions without the instruments that they are normally practiced on?
  • How much do we have to know to teach music we are not experts in?
  • Share your experiences and recommendations!