Songs of the Chagga, Maasai, and Meru: Teaching and Learning Resources

Saturday, January 29, 2022
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM


The Chagga, Maasai, and Meru are indigenous groups living in the Arusha Region of north central Tanzania. In 2020-2021, I was a Fulbright Scholar in this region completing a research project making field recordings of songs of these cultures with the goal of creating teaching and learning resources for music educators to use to teach these songs in their classrooms. The resulting resources are process oriented, culturally responsive, music pedagogy that draws on the Praxial philosophy of music education, as well as writings on comprehensive musicianship, and world music pedagogy. Participants will learn some of these songs and how to bring them into their music classroom.

Learning Objective 1
Through participation in this session, participants will discover the music of three indigenous Tanzanian cultures: the Chagga, Maasai, and Meru.
Learning Objective 2
Through participation in this session, participants will understand how to approach this music from a process oriented, culturally responsive mindset.
Learning Objective 3
Through participation in this session, participants will gain access to resources for use in their classroom and how to implement this resources.
Target Audiences
Choral, Elementary
Session Level
Elementary, Middle School/Junior High, High School
Session Type