Information for Teachers

Workshops for Teachers

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. A number of workshops on the 2018 schedule, all taught by experienced educators and/or culture bearers, are described as suitable for the classroom teacher.

Feel free to sign up for any other workshop on the Zimfest schedule. In addition to 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; storytelling 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.

One of the wonderful aspects of Zimfest is that people come together from different communities to all learn together. If you are the leader of a student or community performing group, please do not register members in your group for more than half the maximum enrollment of any specific workshop. Zimfest may remove registrants who ignore this request. If you want your group to take a private lesson during the festival or on Thursday during Prefest hours, see below. Festival staff can help with group enrollments as well as setting up private or Prefest workshop sessions. Contact gro.t1537777739sefmi1537777739z@sre1537777739hcaet1537777739 for assistance.

Teacher Membership

The Zimfest Association offers a Teacher Membership ($60) that allows a waiver on registration fees ($15 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.

Prefest and Private Workshops

Prefest: Thursday, August 9: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Take advantage of the opportunity to schedule group or private lessons with your favorite Zimfest teacher. A number of teachers will be available to teach private lessons or group workshops at Prefest on Thursday. Private workshops may also be arranged during regular workshop hours if the desired teacher and suitable classroom space are both free.

The following Zimbabwean teachers will be available during Prefest: Musekiwa Chingodza, Napoleon Jambwa, Tapiwa Kapurura, Abel Mafuleni, Jacob Mafuleni, Zivanai Masango, Tafadzwa Matiure, Lucky Moyo, Patience Musandirire, Moyo ‘Rainos’ Mutamba, Alois Mutinhiri, Martha Thom, Tsungai Tsikirai and Michael Sibanda (all pending visa approval).

These teachers from the U.S. will also be available: Erica Azim, Jaiaen Beck, Jeff Brahe, MyLinda King, Daniel Lockley, Andre Mallinger, Eric Bloch Miller and Jake Roberts.

If you or your group would like to schedule a Prefest or private workshop, contact us at gro.t1537777739sefmi1537777739z@sre1537777739hcaet1537777739 and we will put you in touch with the teacher(s) and help determine a time and location for the workshop. We strongly suggest that you schedule your private workshops well in advance (six weeks recommended) to give Zimfest and the teachers enough time to plan for your personalized workshop.

Once your group has agreed on a time with the chosen teacher, please get back to us at gro.t1537777739sefmi1537777739z@sre1537777739hcaet1537777739. Zimfest will provide workshop space, including marimbas if needed. All Prefest workshops taking place in workshop rooms rented from the host institution must be entered as private workshops in the Zimfest registration system. Zimfest will charge each participant the workshop hourly fee ($17.50/hour) and will pay the teacher the hourly rate for teachers ($60 per hour). This arrangement does not preclude your group from negotiating an additional private instruction payment (or tip) to the teacher, however! All Prefest workshops must be completed by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.