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Summer 2021 MECA, Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Music for the World: Developing a World Music Curriculum


June 6-July 31, 2022

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration


This course is designed to help teachers develop a well-rounded, world music curriculum for elementary music students. Teaching world music to children at an early age can cultivate and introduce your students to a new and diverse pallet of sounds, scales, instruments, time signatures, vocal styles, dances, cultures, and musical taste; while simultaneously teaching your students to respect, appreciate and value different cultures.

Marc Evan Diaz has produced 16 world music children’s albums for Fiddlefox music, and has been a featured guest artist, clinician, and teacher nationally. Course participants will research, observe, develop, and demonstrate best practices for implementing international songs and pedagogical techniques. During this course, students will:

  • Learn traditional songs, techniques, dances, instruments, and music theory from 16+ countries.
  • Develop culturally relevant and culturally responsible world music lesson plans, unit plans, and curriculum.
  • Learn and implement 50+ songs from different cultures, in over 10 languages, and representing 20 countries.
  • Engage and implement a variety of resources from around the world to help your students experience, appreciate and value a breadth of music and music cultures.
  • Create and implement an equitable, responsible and inclusive curriculum using ethnomusicology.


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Marc Evan Diaz

Marc Evan Diaz is a motivated and passionate educator who empowers students of all ages to discover the strength of the voice and creativity. He has produced 16 international children’s albums (in partnership with Fiddlefox Music), and has taught urban populations professionally for over 10 years at the K-12 public school and collegiate levels. A graduate of Berklee College of Music (Cum Laude) with a double major in music education and performance, Diaz uses a mixture of traditional techniques and modern methods to teach such topics and classes as Songwriting and Production, African American Music and Social Justice…from Spirituals to Hiphop, and Music of the World: International Childrens Music. Through strategic curriculum, inspired teaching and project-based learning sequences, Diaz challenges students to discover and use their voice to intentionally produce social impact.

The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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