2015 Teaching World Music Symposium - NIU - College of Visual and Performing Arts

2015 Teaching World Music Symposium: From the Exotic to the Global (4/9-4/11)


From the Exotic to the Global

Perspectives and Reflections on Teaching World Music in the 21st Century

A Symposium

April 9-April 11 2015

School of Music, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 

You are cordially invited to attend the 2015 Teaching World Music Symposium. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first NIU world music concert, Musica Exotica, and the establishment of NIU’s world music curriculum, the purpose of the symposium is to provide a platform for music educators, ethnomusicologists and musicologists, composers, performers, and interdisciplinary scholars in cultural studies to exchange innovative ideas about globalization in music practices in the 21st century.


To redefine the term world music and expand its possibilities, the symposium will focus on three broad areas of pedagogical trends in world music-- in music education, in performance and composition, and in social/cultural studies. Discussion about world music in music education will include topics such as teaching methods and teacher training and the use of technology, as well as theory and music history. World music in performance and composition will include topics such as traditional and fusion solos and ensembles and the use of mixed media (visual arts, dance, and theater). World music in cultural studies will cover topics such as K-12 social studies and interdisciplinary studies in the arts and humanities (e.g., anthropology, history, art history, foreign languages, political science, sociology, intercultural communication, global studies). 


Each day of the symposium will feature a keynote speaker: Jere Humphreys (April 9), Patricia Campbell (April 10), and Michael Bakan (April 11).  Presentations will include the following musical cultures: Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Turkish, Arabic, Klezmer, Kenyan, Ethiopian, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian Samba, linked to the themes of world music in education, world music in cultural studies, and world music in performance and composition. Presenters will include ethnomusicologists and authors Terry Miller, Andrew Shahriari, and Ted Solis; composers Kinan Abou-Afach, David Gordon, Nahla Mattar, Ling-Huei Tsai, and Colleen Schmuckal; performers Greg Beyer, Janice ChenJu Chiang, Bill Goldenberg, Mike Mixtacki, and Mathew Tembo; and many other American and international K-12 and college music educators.  Two evening concerts along with three lunchtime performances will be held to celebrate NIU’s diverse musical program. In addition, with generous funding from the NIU Center for Southeast Asian Studies, a Teaching Southeast Asian Performing Arts Forum will take place on April 11.  The world music concert, an annual event since the Musica Exotica of 1975, will conclude the celebration.

A tentative program schedule will be posted on the Symposium’s website (click Program

Symposium General Information (click Information)


The registration fee for the three-day symposium is $120 by February 15th; after that, $150. Students rate for early bird is $70 by February 15th; after that, $80. A one-day registration fee for the Teaching Southeast Asian Performing Arts Forum on Saturday is $40. To register, click Registration.

Symposium Hotel Information (or click Accommodations)

The official Symposium hotel is the NIU Holmes Student Center Hotel (http://www.niu.edu/hsc/hotelinfo/), 340 Carroll Ave, DeKalb, IL 60115

(815) 753-1444. The Hotel is located in the center of the University campus. Free parking is available for guests. The symposium site, the music building, is within walking distance.

Hotels within walking distance of the campus and on the NIU bus route are also available:

Red Roof Inn and Suites (0.3 miles) https://www.redroof.com/property/DeKalb/IL/601152904/-/RRI318/

Baymont Inn and Suites (0.3 miles)


Hampton Inn (1.5 miles) http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/illinois/hampton-inn-dekalb-near-the-university-RFDAGHX/index.html


The closest airport to the NIU DeKalb campus is O’Hare International Airport and Chicago Midway Airport.

Guest Parking is $5.00 per day. Parking permits can be purchased at the University Parking Service. Parking is free on campus after 7:00pm everyday and all day Saturday.  For information about parking:

NIU Parking Service 

Phone: 815-753-1045

Fax: 815-753-3315

E-mail: parking@niu.edu

Address: 121 Normal Road, DeKalb, IL 60115

For more information, please contact Dr. Jui-Ching Wang (jcwang@niu.edu)

A web-blog (http://worldmusicsymposium2015.blogspot.com) and a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/2015niuworldmusicsymposium) were created for symposium participants to communicate and to share information about travel arrangement. Feel free to leave messages or post your inquiries there.