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Workshop: Music and Dances of South Africa

The New York City Music Teachers Association/UFT 
together with the Music Educators Association of New York City
Roberta Feldhusen and Sharon Golub, Co-Chairs, presents 

Music and Dances of South Africa
Music as an instrument for social change in South Africa and the implications for violence prevention in American schools

Presented by Sharon Katz & The Peace Train

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

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Sharon Katz, founder of The Peace Train, will explain how she used music and music therapy to impact the lives of thousands of children and families in South Africa during a period of great turmoil and change. Sharon will teach songs in African languages and Gumboot Dancing as well as simple choreography, and original songs in English that were sung by the original Peace Train performing group. She will also show video clips of the work done in South Africa over a period of 20 years. Explore and discuss how Ms. Katz's techniques for violence prevention can be used in our urban school system. Sharon Katz was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She studied Music Therapy in the US in 1981. In 1992, shortly after the release of Nelson Mandela from imprisonment on Robben Island, Sharon returned to South Africa and mounted The Peace Train project, which was a musical production, designed initially to bring together 500 children of different races to sing together and help break down Apartheid's racial barriers. Along with the children, her band and Grammy award-winning friends Ladysmith Black Mambazo, they embarked upon the historic Peace Train Tour before South Africa's first democratic elections. She has performed and taught in many schools, colleges and festivals worldwide. She has released several albums, was nominated for a Grammy herself and is the subject of a soon-to-be-released documentary.

Workshop Location:
UFT Headquarters,
52 Broadway,
New York, NY 10004
(check with security for room)

Workshop is $10.00 with advance registration/$15.00 at the door
MEANYC members get 1 Free Workshop
College Students no fee

A Continental Breakfast will be served at 8:30AM.

Note: This Workshop satisfies 4 hours of Professional Development Credit…Forms Will Be Available at Workshop.