As part of its Music Education Webinar series, Adelphi University Department of Music presents “Los Palos” The Folkloric Music of the Dominican Republic with Wanda Vásquez-García and Dr. Socrates García.

“Los Palos” The Folkloric Music of the Dominican Republic

During this webinar, we will explore the folkloric musical traditions called “Los Palos” from the Dominican Republic. This session is an overview of the richness and musical diversity that exist on the island. The music of the Dominican Republic is the result of all the influences made by the heritage left by the Tainos, West Africans, and Europeans. The audience will explore Palo music’s cultural context, will listen to several traditional instruments, and will engage in playing some of the rhythms and songs.

The Adelphi University Music Education Webinar Series offers music educators exciting opportunities to engage with renowned experts in the field while exploring current topics in music education. All sessions will consist of informative presentations and moderated Q&A sessions.

Wanda Vásquez García, a native of the Dominican Republic currently living in Colorado, holds degrees from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, and the University of Northern Colorado. She believes music is a very effective way to create connections and build bridges promoting the uniqueness of each individual in the classroom. She is passionate about the importance of increasing diversity and representation in music education from a culturally relevant, responsive, and sustaining lens. Wanda has presented clinics and reading sessions promoting multicultural music, Dominican folk music, culturally responsive teaching, and music technology in the elementary classroom at Colorado ACDA, CMEA, NAfME Eastern Division, FABSS, and Little Kids Rock Modern Band Summit.

Dr. Socrates García is a composer, arranger, producer, recording engineer, bandleader, guitarist, author, and educator from the Dominican Republic. He currently is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Music Technology at the prestigious Jazz Studies Program of the University of Northern Colorado. García’s recording, producing, and performing credits include the multiple Grammy-winning albums Yo Por Ti by Olga Tañon, Milly Quezada’s Tesoros de mi Tierra, and national and international performances with Socrates García Latin Jazz Orchestra, among others. Dr. García is a Strandberg Guitars artist, featured artist for Warm Audio, and a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammy Awards) in both the Grammys and the Latin Grammys.

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