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  • Instructor: Kristina Planjanin Simić
  • Time: 8-9:30 pm Central European Time, 2-3:30 pm EDT, New York time, and 1-2:30pm Central US Time, Fairfield, Iowa. 
  • Dates: Begins Saturday July 27, 2024 - August 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Duration:  5 Lessons, 1.5 hours each 
  • Location:  Live online using Zoom
  • Level: Beginner; Open to all women. Practice of the TM Technique is not a prerequisite.

Children's Folklore

Beyond the joy and fun lies a world of benefits.

An introduction to the power of stories in early life and development.

Children’s folklore has immeasurable importance for all humanity, since no other human activity in the early childhood period can compare to the age-old daily practice of sharing stories.

In this five-lesson course led by musicologist Kristina Planjanin-Simić, PhD we will explore the many elements of traditional storytelling and gain insight into their influence on the harmonious intellectual, emotional and psychosocial development of children. 

Course participants will receive an introduction to the rhythms, themes and mechanics of children's folklore. This includes understanding the importance of counting and its capacity to impact different levels of consciousness, along with studying the power of the bridge/gate games found in Europe. Throughout the course we will explore the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural value of these traditional storytelling formats. 

Instructor

Kristina Planjanin-Simić

Kristina Planjanin-Simić, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Previously, she served as a professor of vocational studies at the College of Vocational Studies for Teacher Education in Kikinda, Serbia. Kristina was a 2014 recipient of the Romanian government's Ministry of Education and Research scholarship, and completed her doctoral studies in the Department of Musicology at the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, on the topic of Typology of Romanian Children's Folklore in the Serbian Banat Countings. 

Course Lessons

Award-Winning Teacher

Kristina's children's choir won first prize in the region during the International Choir Competition in Bijeljina, Bosnia on 11 May, 2024.
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Seminar in Kikinda with Educators

Is it a well-known fact that story-based teaching improves child development by enhancing their appreciation and joy of literature, expanding their creativity through imagination, and improving their oral skills. Kristina takes this to another level by bringing out elements of music and counting inherent in children’s folklore.
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Learn Children's Folklore from a Professional Musicologist

Kristina is an author of several publications including her doctoral dissertation titled The Influence of Non-Musical Factors Upon Textual Modifications in Countings published by Vasile Goldis Western University, her book titled Typology of Children’s Folklore published by the Vojvodina Academy of Sciences and Arts, and her paper titled Songs-Patterns of the Romanians in Vojvodina as a Subcategory of Children's Folklore in the Light of Comparative Studies published by the Vojvodina Academy of Sciences and Arts.
  • Highly Engaging course
  • Unique Learning Path
  • Video Conferencing
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