International Partnerships

A goal of the Westminster Center for Critical Pedagogy is to foster international relationships with musicians and music educators.


Music Education and Culture in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Experience the beauty, the majesty, the culture, the beaches, and the music of Rio de Janeiro. This 10-day study trip combines the beauty of Brazilian culture and focused study with Westminster faculty member Lucas Ciavatta.

O Passo (The Step) is a music education method designed by Lucas Ciavatta of Brazil to develop musical skills and nurture musicianship. Combining body percussion with native Brazilian drumming, movement, and written notation, students develop aural skills, kinesthetic awareness, and rhythmic acuity. O Passo is applicable to general music and choral music programs at the preschool, elementary, middle, and senior high school levels. The strategies are easily integrated into Orff, Kodály, and Critical Pedagogy for Music Education curriculums and connect to the MENC National Standards as well as the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content standards for Visual and Performing Arts.

Participants will attend workshops with Lucas Ciavatta to learn how to teach O Passo and observe how O Passo is taught in Brazilian schools. The trip itinerary also includes sight-seeing excursions, concerts, nightlife, and dining. Food, transportation, housing, and all sight-seeing admissions are included in the cost. The cost of airfare is additional. Estimated total cost: $3,000. Special rates are available for family members or friends wishing to travel with the group but who do not wish to participate in the O Passo classes.

This trip is sponsored by the Westminster Center for Critical Pedagogy and Westminster Continuing Education. To request details and to book your trip, please contact the Continuing Education Office at woce@rider.edu or 609-924-7416.