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Thursday, October 12 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Developing Empathy and Understanding Through World Music

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This session will focus on utilizing music as a lens through which students view the historical and cultural connections of people around the world and within our own communities to help develop empathy and understanding. Participants will collaborate to create a unique performance by the end of the session!

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Aaron Bryan

Visual & Performing Arts Program Manager, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
Aaron Bryan serves as the Director of Visual & Performing Arts Department at the office of the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. Aaron is also an adjunct faculty member for the School of Education at Fresno Pacific University. He holds a BA in Music Education from Fresno Pacific... Read More →

Nomsa Burkhardt

Center for World Music artist-teacher Nomsa Burkhardt is an extraordinary dancer, folk singer and percussionist of Zulu heritage, born in Soweto, South Africa. She spent most of her formative years in KwaZulu, Natal, a region famous for its rich Zulu heritage and culture. There, she... Read More →

Monica Emery

Executive Director, Center for World Music
Born in New Jersey, where she was raised by her Chinese father and Filipino mother, Monica experienced a wide variety of cultural practices growing up. Traditional Chinese and Filipino dance provided her a way to connect with the cultural roots of her family as well as the opportunity... Read More →
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Jonathan Parker

World Music in the Schools Program Director, Center for World Music
A musician and folklorist, Jonathan Parker plays a wide variety of musical instruments, including the fiddle, tin whistle, mandolin, and the säckpipa and gaita gallega (bagpipes of Sweden and Spain). As a founding board member of the non-profit organization San Diego Folk Heritage... Read More →
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Stefanie Schmitz

Teaching Artist, Center for World Music
Stefanie Schmitz has been a part of the San Diego music scene since 2001. Her love affair with Brazilian music began when she enrolled in a samba drumming class at UCSD. Performing traditional Brazilian folk music on clarinet, in 2009 she formed San Diego’s first choro group called... Read More →

Thursday October 12, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Casa del Prado Room 204 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101