Smithsonian Folkways Workshop

Smithsonian Folkways Workshop


Faculty for the 2018 Smithsonian Folkways World Music Workshop 


Katherine StrandDirector
Jacobs School of Music Faculty

Javier F. Léon
Ethnomusicology; perspectives on teaching music of all cultures
Peruvian traditions


Leah Savion
Israeli Dance

fernando Fernando Orejuela
Hip-Hop Culture
galvin Joe Galvin
Trinidad steel pan
colleen Colleen Haas
Ghanaian Drumming

Molly Jeon
Japanese folk song and dance traditions


Katherine Strand

Katherine Strand teaches undergraduate and graduate general music methods courses, directs the International Vocal Ensemble, and is the advisor for the Indiana University Collegiate Chapter of the Music Educators National Conference. She is also the director of the Descant Choir for the Indiana University Children's Chorus. She has taught pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade public school in several venues, including West Point and Hanover counties in Virginia and the Chicago Public Schools.

Strand specializes in classroom composition, action research, and integrated arts curriculum development. She has presented sessions at The Orff Schulwerk Association National Conference, the 5th Annual Music Education Research Conference, the Music Educator's National Conference, the College Music Society, NIME 1 and NIME 2 (Narrative Soundings: Conference on Narrative Research in Music Education), the Mountain Lake Colloquium, Eastern Division MENC, and the Indiana Music Educators Association conferences, and the 6th International Conference on Music Cognition and Perception.

Her articles have appeared in Music Education Research, Journal of Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Philosophy of Music Education Review, General Music Today, Music Educators Journal, Indiana Musicator, and Teaching Music.

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Javier F. Léon

Javier León is academic specialist and director of the Latin American Music Center at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He earned his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin. He was most recently assistant professor of folklore and ethnomusicology at IU. He has also been a faculty member at the Newcomb Department of Music and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. He is an experienced performer and ensemble director of a variety of Latin American and Caribbean genres. His research interests have dealt with multiple aspects of music in the region, including music and nationalism, the intersection of popular and art music traditions, African and indigenous musical heritage safeguarding, and the history of cultural policy and music research institutions in the region. León’s work has been published in a number of research journals, edited volumes, and reference works. Most recently, he was coeditor of the forthcoming volume A Latin American Musical Reader: Views from the South (Illinois University Press). He has been a consultant for a number of music arts institutions, including the Music Instrument Museum, National Endowment for the Arts, and Smithsonian Institution.

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Leah Savion

Leah Savion is a member of the History and Philosophy of Science and medicine department, and the Cognitive Science program at Indiana University at Bloomington since completing her Ph.D. in Philosophy at CUNY in 1989. Areas of professional interest range from Analytic Philosophy, Formal Logic, Cognitive Science, Biases in medicine and law, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, to international folkdance, gumboot, singing, and tennis.

Leah has written 9 books, and offered over 170 presentations and workshops on philosophical, cognitive science, and pedagogy related topics in universities around the world. She continuously develops new courses in philosophy and in cognitive science, and has won numerous teaching awards and grants over the years. Current research topics are: (i) Cognitively realistic models of rationality; (ii) Heuristics and Biases in Concept Acquisition, Retention, and Retrieval (iii) Belief perseverance and self-deception.

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Fernando Orejuela

Fernando Orejuela, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. Dr. Orejuela teaches three courses on hip hop culture, subcultures and youth music scenes, critical race theory and music, musical subcultures and social movements, children’s folklore and service learning, and play, gaming, and sports. He is the author of Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture published with Oxford University Press and the co-editor with Stephanie Shonekan of Black Lives Matter Movement and Music published by Indiana University Press in 2018. He is also a music consultant for the National Music of African American Music in Nashville, Tennessee and an advisory member of the Carnegie Hall African American Music project.

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Joe Galvin

Joseph Galvin is a multi-instrumentalist who received his degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His education culminated in a doctorate of percussion performance, where he focused on steelpan and Afro-Cuban music traditions. He is currently the director of the Latin American Ensemble through the Latin American Music Center at IU. You can hear Joe’s playing on two Grammy nominated albums: The Wayne Wallace Quintet’s Intercambio and Michael Spiro and Wayne Wallace’s Canto América with La Orquesta Sinfonietta. His most recent album, released in 2017, is a collaboration with Michael Spiro entitled BÁKINI – En el Nuevo Mundo, combining the folkloric musics of Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, and Trinidadian lineages into a contemporary sound. You can also hear Joe on two Ritmos Unidos recordings, a Latin jazz ensemble comprised of IU faculty and alumni.

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Colleen Haas

Dr. Haas has been teaching courses on history and expressive culture in the African and African American Studies program at ISU since 2011. Her areas of specialization are in the performing arts in West Africa and the African diaspora where the integration of visual, verbal and movement arts are integral to the conception and creation of live musical performance.

As a Fulbright Scholar Haas conducted research on 20th century black carnival traditions in Brazil and documented the creative processes of renown master musician, Neguinho do Samba and his work with marginalized youth in Salvador da Bahia including a novel apprenticeship system for young Afro-Brazilian women. Haas has taught art and music in the schools throughout the Mid-west and is an accomplished percussionist (West African and Afro-Brazilian traditions). Currently Colleen is involved in curriculum design developing pedagogical practices for middle school students focused on the role of the arts in human development.

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