Zimfest recognizes the growing popularity of Zimbabwean-style marimbas in schools, and takes seriously the need to educate teachers about the instruments and the culture. We are unable to offer continuing education clock hours for teachers at this year’s festival, but we will continue to offer workshops that are useful to teachers.
Workshops for Teachers
Every workshop session includes at least one workshop suitable for the classroom teacher. All are taught by experienced educators and/or culture bearers. Feel free to sign up for any other workshop on the Zimfest schedule: in addition to lots of workshops to increase your marimba repertoire, offerings include songs and choral pieces appropriate for school marimba groups and choirs; workshops on Zimbabwean drumming and dancing; story telling and games for children; and cultural presentations.
Note to Teachers Bringing Student Groups
Visiting groups of children are welcome at Zimfest! If you are a classroom teacher, or summer school or camp leader wanting instruction in Zimbabwean music or dance and a fun time for your class, bring them to the festival to enjoy the music and marketplace and take a workshop or two.
We are now offering a Teacher Membership ($60) that allows a waiver on registration fees ($12 each) for groups of up to 20, ages K-12. The Teacher Membership is intended to encourage newcomers to the festival, so at least 50% of your group should be first-time Zimfest attendees to qualify for the registration fee waiver; specific workshop fees will still apply.
Festival staff can also help with group enrollments and setting up private workshop sessions. Contact gro.t1560759188sefmi1560759188z@sre1560759188hcaet1560759188 for assistance.