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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 […]

AsianFest at the Farmer’s Market

Great performance at the Farmer’s Market for AsianFest on Saturday, April 19th, 2014! Had the biggest audience of the day! Masatomo Yonezu on the shakuhachi, Ryan Lidster on the taiko drums, and I am on vocals. The five dancers are in my Japanese classes at Bloomington High School North. Japan Club students also helped young […]

Rachel’s Cafe Open Mic

Open Mic with the IU Ethnomusicology Department at Rachel’s Cafe in Bloomington, IN, on Friday, April 18th. Masatomo Yonezu played shakuhachi, Ryan Lidster on taiko, and I am doing vocals. I have not experienced a performance quite like this. Ethnomusicology grad students shared their love of music with the audience in the small, but packed, […]

East Asian Pathways

These incredible 6th graders at University Elementary School learned to sing and dance Soran Bushi and Kokiriko Bushi. I spent several classes with them learning how to sing the songs, play the instruments, and dance the dances. The instruments kokiriko and sasara were ordered from Japan, as well as the flower hats for my own […]

Teacher Award, Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Franklin Initiative

I am humbled by receiving this award. Thank you to all the parents who support their children and their education, administrators at MCCSC for supporting the Japanese and ENL programs, and my family for supporting me while I try to do it all.

IFLTA conference presentation and food!

What a great day! Got up early on a Saturday morning to drive to Indianapolis to present at the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association conference.  Keiko Kuriyama (IU Assistance Professor of Japanese) and I completed our presentation “Articulation of AP Japanese Curriculum: Levels  1-4 and Beyond” in the morning, so we were able to relax […]

Japanese Aesthetics of Sound and Movement

Traveled to Armherst College in Massachusetts this weekend to present at a workshop “Japanese Aesthetics of Sound and Movement” for Five Colleges Center of East Asian Studies. Had a wonderful time teaching the participants song and dance of Soran Bushi (Hokkaido); and talking about the historical background of Japanese folk song and the origins of […]