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Jun 01, 2022 2022-06-01

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Journey of Discovery into the Musical Diversity of the Planet

Smithsonian Folkways Learning Pathways (SFLP) are in-depth curated journeys of discovery that place music at the heart of the educational experience. The free online resources provide a basis for K–13 teachers to explore a broad range of cultural, historical, social, and musical themes with their students.

Each SFLP is made up of three layers. The outermost layer, the pathway, has a broad, overarching theme. The next layer is held within 10 to 12 individual lessons that are based on specific subthemes. The final layer, in each lesson, presents three options for the learning approach, known as components. Each component focuses on a different type of learning (music listening, performing, creating, or cultural and historical contextualization) with the goal of allowing the lesson to be taught across various subject areas.

SFLP is grounded by the tenets of World Music Pedagogy (WMP), an emerging instructional approach that emphasizes the ways in which attentive, engaged, and participatory listening and music-making experiences can help forge a deeper understanding of the music and the people who make and enjoy it. A detailed User Guide (PDF) explains the approach to engaging young learners with music and cultures from around the world.

Teachers can take a sneak peak at a lesson from the SFLP Estoy Aqui: Music of the Chicago Movement. The official launch and several more SFLP will be released by the end of 2022. Teachers are invited to pilot SFLP lessons before they are publicly launched.

Cultural Awareness Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Music Social Studies

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