Saturday, February 03, 2007

Global Music Workshop


Are you a musician? Would you like to explore different musical styles and traditions? Join us for Global Music 2007, and learn to play and sing pieces from Arab, Turkish, and other Middle Eastern cultures. Our Artists-in-Residence are specialists in the music and instruments of this fascinating culture: the oud, the saz, the qunun, and the tabla. Learn how to express yourself in sound, and develop your skills in improvisation. Discuss what it means to be a musician in today's world, and how music can bridge cultures.

Whether you are an accomplished musician or just beginning to learn, this workshop has something for everyone!"
From a message to the mailing-list of the Society for Ethnomusicology:

Global Music Workshop 2007
July 15 – August 4, 2007 (for U.S. participants)
July 13 – August 4, 2007 (for international participants)
Invitation for Young Musicians

Schools, music teachers, orchestra directors, and parents are invited to nominate young people (ages 13-18) for a dynamic cross-cultural musical experience this summer at Legacy International's Global Youth Village.

Global Music 2007 is an innovative workshop offering young musicians the opportunity to expand their musicianship and explore cultural diversity in a summer camp setting. Students expand upon the musical skills they have developed in their home and school music programs by learning to perform the music of a different cultural tradition. Coached by expert instructors, students learn to perform repertoire from the focus culture in a stylistically appropriate manner. The workshop includes listening and discussion components designed to develop students' understanding of how people of different cultures express themselves through sound. As a result, the students gain a broader musical identity and become bolder and more imaginative musicians.

This summer's workshop will focus on musical styles of the Middle East, including Arab, Turkish and other musical traditions. It is a three week residential program. In 27 hours of workshop instruction, students will be introduced to the melodic and rhythmic modes common to these traditions. All participants will learn basic frame drum technique and a number of Middle Eastern rhythms. In addition, some students will be invited to study the oud (11-stringed fretless lute), saz (long-necked Turkish lute), qanun (78-stringed dulcimer), riqq (Arabic tambourine) or tabla (goblet-shaped drum). Strings players (violin, viola, cello, or bass) may bring their own instruments and will be instructed in specific techniques
characteristic of Middle Eastern musics.

The workshop is embedded within the Global Youth Village, a unique program in Bedford, Virginia which brings together young people from around the world to create a living, working model of the world community.
Participants in the Global Music workshop will live in cabins and enjoy their free time with 60 peers from different countries and cultures; developing friendships, discussing current events, and exploring how music can bridge cultural differences.

Instructors for Global Music are experienced performers and scholars with years of experience in the music of the Middle East. Anne Elise Thomas, Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, has performed Middle Eastern music for over ten years and recently spent two and a half years studying in Cairo, Egypt and Amman, Jordan. Michael Ellison, Ph.D. in composition, has devoted years of study to Turkish music and now teaches at the Dr. Erol Ucer Center for Advanced Studies in Music at Istanbul Technical University. Guest instructors who specialize in instrumental performance give students focused instruction on the instrument of their choice.

This program is targeted toward players of strings, percussion, piano or keyboard, and singers, with three or more years of musical experience. The cost for this full three-week experience, including room and board, workshop instruction, and other programming, is $1900 for U.S. participants and $2100 for international participants.
Some financial assistance is available. Spaces are limited
to ten students. Deadline to be considered for financial assistance is March 15, 2007.

For more information and to request an application: contact Innocentia Carr, (, or visit

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