DAMTA Presents:

The Power of Music:

World Music and Its Influence on Social Justice Movements

Our 44th Annual Fall Course!

$140   $60 FLASH SALE!

For $60, you can purchase the remaining 2023 Fall Programs and gain access to recordings of the earlier presentations.  Use the Donate Button Below to Purchase the Fall Course & Sign-Up!

Wait!  Hasn’t this Fall Course already Begun?  No problem at all!  Every teacher who signs up for our Fall Course can access the previous classes in the current session!  Classes are available for replay whenever you need them.

Group Pricing Available!  Ask about our New Group Rates, where you can save up to 40% off five or more registrations from your school or studio.  Contact our Vice President of Programs, Joshua Zabatta (joshuazabatta@gmail.com), to access this pricing for your school, studio, or organization.

Current Students may access our Fall Course for Free!  If you are currently a student, Click Here to Sign-up!



2023 Fall Course Presentations

09/13 ~ ANASTASIIA PAVLENKO ~ The Fight for Identity: Ukrainian Music

In the midst of the Russia-Ukraine war, when Russia denies Ukraine its identity yet again, it is worth exploring how anything remotely Ukrainian was suppressed and viewed as a threat during the time of the Soviet Union and Russian Empire, and how it is still relevant today. In this session, Anastasiia Pavlenko will discuss music by Ukrainian composers who used Ukrainian folk elements, were punished by their respective regimes for it, and gave strength to the Ukrainian nation to fight for their voice.

09/27 ~ MARGARET OZAKI GRAVES ~ Finding Freedom in the Classical Music Studio: Non Western Approaches to Musical Performance

Combining knowledge and experience as a practitioner of Japanese traditional and folk music, Margaret Ozaki Graves will share some non Western philosophies and tools to inspire new and inclusive perspectives on work in the studio and performance practices.

10/11 ~ GISELA FLANIGAN ~ Social Justice Through Music: The Worldwide El Sistema Movement

One of the most powerful social justice movements in music, the Venezuelan El Sistema program has evolved into a worldwide network of youth orchestras. Its collective impact mission is social justice through music making. In addition to teaching classics, the El Sistema vision embraces making music based on community identity: regional dance and folk music. This program dared to bring classical music training to people of color, the underserved and marginalized, saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.

10/25 ~ GILBERT RAPPAPORT ~ Russian Music and Social Justice: An Uneasy Alliance

Russian composers of the nineteenth century pioneered an innovative `Russian School’ of music, in opposition to the Western models they studied. This presentation argues that while other areas of Russian culture (e.g., art, literature) of the time often pursued familiar progressive agendas promoting anti-authoritarianism and social justice, the music world pursued a conservative vision, supporting a Russian National Idea explicitly based on three pillars: the unquestioned authority of the czar, the transcendent spirituality of the Russian Orthodox church, and the dominant role of Russian ethnicity in a multi-ethnic empire.

11/8 ~ STEPHANIE ANN BALL ~ The Science of the Spiritual: How Sound Vibrations Facilitate Stress Reduction from Slavery to Civil Rights

In this unique presentation, opera singer and sound meditation facilitator Stephanie Ann Ball will give insights into the science of sound vibrations and why music has a healing effect on the nervous system unlike any other modality.  She’ll explore the African American Spiritual.  The presentation will cover why singing was an integral part of life for enslaved Africans, Black Americans through the Jim Crow era and the Civil Rights movement, and continues to be an important cultural element today.

11/29 ~ FERNANDA NIETO & NAZILA NEKOORAD ~ A Time for Courage and Bravery, a Time for Sound: Advocating for Women’s Rights in Iran Through Music

This presentation will explore the connection between women’s rights and advocacy through Iranian piano music.  Fernanda & Nazila will bring awareness to these difficult issues and inspire musicians in our community to perform and teach this music. They will perform Iranian music from different regions of Iran, explore the connection between Iranian poetry and folk songs, and explain how this music is utilized today across Iran to advocate for women’s rights.

12/13 ~ JACQUELINE WILSON ~ Inspired Native: Redefining Identity through Reclamation, Decolonization, and Artistic Sovereignty

This presentation will discuss the unique lived experiences of Native American people though the history of Classical music’s use in the residential boarding schools, the theft, “sanitization,” and appropriation of traditional and ceremonial melodies, and the subsequent reclamation, resilience, and artistic sovereignty of contemporary Indigenous music makers in the Classical realm.

All Fall Course programs take place on Wednesdays from 10:30am-11:30am with a Q&A until Noon.

Join DAMTA in person at Classic Pianos or from the comfort of your own home!

All presentations take place in-person & online (Except for Nov. 8th and Dec. 13th, which are online only).

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See what people are saying about DAMTA’s Fall Course!

“All of the programs were wonderful. The diversity was terrific.”

“The Fall Course involved people in our community that have rich cultures that we don’t usually get to see.”

“The local approach to this Fall Course was unique and beneficial to my understanding of music in the Denver area.”

“The Fall Course gave me introductions to diverse music with more depth than I have seen in the past. It will help me carry this exposure into my music selections for students.”

“The Zoom worked well – I attended from out-of-town, so it was a great opportunity!”

“The experience was wonderful online. Certainly not like being there, but I could not do that. You did a wonderful job making the programs available to those of us who could not come in.”

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