Saturday, April 9th, 2022 (9:00am-1:00pm CST):
Simin Fani, “Iranian Children’s Songs and Games for All Music Classrooms”
Location: Brady Educational Center at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Registration can be found here.
As an Iranian Kodàly educator, Mrs. Fani deeply understands the importance of sharing and honoring the musical heritage of other cultures. As educators, we must appreciate and value the cultural heritage of the communities we serve. Our music classroom can be used as a bridge between different cultural gaps. In our field, there is increasing demand for the inclusion of songs and games from other countries, so we can connect to all of our students by valuing who they are and where they come from. In this interactive session, Fani will share accessible children’s singing/chanting games from her childhood in Iran, as well as from her own scholarly research on the genre. Participants will leave with a more thorough understanding of the deep history and beautiful culture of Iran, as well as a collection of authentic repertoire which can be immediately implemented in their own music classrooms.