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Smithsonian Folkways World Music Sessions at IU

Spent two sessions with the most enthusiastic students ever this week! As part of a one-week intensive course at IU studying world music for a Smithsonian Folkways certificate and graduate credit, I taught Japanese folk song from cultural and historical background to vocal production and basic dance. The students mastered two songs and dances: Soran Bushi (Fishermen’s Song) and Kokiriko Bushi. With Kokiriko Bushi, the students also studied the two dances which incorporates the instruments Kokiriko and Sasara. What a great group of students so motivated to learn about other cultures and musics!

"Scoop the fish"

“Scoop the fish”

"Carry the fish: left, right"

“Carry the fish: left, right”

"Row your oar"

“Row your oar”


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