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Japanese participatory music: Ukulele sing-along

Singing and playing together is common in Japan, and the ukulele has become quite popular here. For the third year in a row, I took part in the Ukulele Welcome Party in Toyama, Japan. It takes time to learn the … Continue reading

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Participatory music in Japan: Preschool marching band

Sports day, or undōkai (運動会), is a very important for participation and group cohesion. In Japan they exist at every school, and each neighborhood also has one in which people of every age participate together. The event typically weaves together music, dance, … Continue reading

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Participatory Music in Music Educators Journal

“Music Education for All through Participatory Ensembles,” appears in the December 2015 issue of Music Educators Journal. The article presents ideas from my immersion in participatory music—in particular from a chance to learn alongside Tom Turino as I helped him teach a … Continue reading

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Singing along in Japan

Singing together is an important part of life in Japan, and it is a delight to where participation is rich and frequent. Here’s a short performance I recently gave at a preschool festival. Without a rehearsal, we aimed for music … Continue reading

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Participatory music in Japan: Homebrew ukulele edition

There is a depth of community and participatory events in Japanese schooling and society, the origins of which are hinted at in T. M. Luhrmann’s Op-Ed in the Times, “Why are Some Cultures More Individualistic Than Others?” My adventures in … Continue reading

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Profile in Illinois Alumni magazine

My work is profiled in the winter 2013 edition of Illinois Alumni magazine. The writer captures the essence of my approach and some notable alumni achievements. I’m also grateful for the photo. Click the image below to see a larger, … Continue reading

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The participatory field as an alternative to musical specialization [CIC Nebraska talk]

I presented a talk on Tom Turino’s participatory music field and its potential for music education at the University of Nebraska’s CIC Music Education Conference on November 17, 2013. The paper explores the example of the Homebrew Ukulele Union to … Continue reading

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