Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Transportation (Airport to and from DeKalb) Limoservice


Getting to NIU from the Airport

Limo services: 
Custom Limousine Service
Fax: (815) 895-2547
Phone: (815) 895-6500
Toll-free Number: (800) 397-7921
DeKalb O’Hare Limousine Service
136 Terrace Drive
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 758-0631
Toll-free Number: (877) 367-5525
Home James, Inc. Professional Limousine Service
9145 Rich Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 748-5466 or (815) 758-1597
Toll-free Number: (877) 740-4663 
Email: homejamesdekalb@aol.com
Taxi Services
A1-Cab in Elburn 
Email: a1cabdispatch@aol.com
Website: http://a1cabdispatch.com/index.html
Fox Cab Dispatch 
277 Ford St
Geneva, IL 60134
J&J Taxi151 N 4th St. #7
DeKalb, IL 60115  
Sycamore Transportation Services
Email: office@sycamoretaxi.comWebsite: http://www.sycamoretaxi.com/contact.htm

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Travel Arrangement

Please post here (leaving comments) if you would like to arrange your travel together with other participants. Sharing a limo from and to the airport? Sharing a hotel room? 

Look forward to seeing you at NIU in April! 

Symposium Accommodations

Symposium Accommodations

Lodging (must be arranged directly by participant)

A block of rooms has been reserved until April 9, 2015 for the symposium participants in the hotel tower of the Holmes Student Center, Northern Illinois University, the building at the center on the NIU campus.
Single or Double occupancy - $65.00 a night; to reserve a room, call 815-753-1444 or go to the Holmes Student Center. Please state that you are attending the 2015 Teaching World Music Symposium. Reservations are not held after 6:00 p.m. unless notified.
Please visit the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce for information on local hotels/motels. You will have to provide your own transportation to and from the music building.

Transportation (must be arranged directly by participant)

Direct public transportation is not available between Chicago and DeKalb or the Chicago Airports and Northern Illinois University. Transportation from the Chicago Airports (O'Hare and Midway) is available through limousine service:
Blue Sky Limousine ServiceBy advance appointment only.
Toll free number - 1-866-998-9800 or 1-815-787-9800
Single passenger - $100.00 one way (additional $10.00 for each additional person)
DeKalb O'Hare Limousine Service
By advance appointment only.
Toll free number - 1-877-367- 5525 or (815) 758-0631
Single passenger - $100.00 one way (additional $10.00 for each additional person)
After arrival at O'Hare, claim your luggage and call the toll free number provided above so that the pre-arranged car and driver can come from the limousine waiting area to get you within approximately 10 minutes. Banks of telephones are available in the baggage claim area. The limousine service monitors all flights so there is no need to contact them in case your flight is delayed - even for international flights. Allow 1 hour and fifteen minutes for the trip. Suggestion: Keep this sheet of information with your airplane ticket.

Rental Car

For U.S. citizens or participants with a valid U.S. Driver License  interested in renting a car to take them from Chicago O'Hare to DeKalb IL, please see the following car rental services:
Alamo: 1-800-327-9633
Avis: 1-800-331-1212
Budget: 1-800-527-0700
Dollar: 1-800-800-4000
Hertz: 1-800-654-3131
For information on the DeKalb area, please visit the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.

2015 Teaching World Music Symposium: From the Exotic to the Global (4/9-4/11)

2015 Symposium (4/9-4/11)

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first NIU world music concert and the establishment of NIU’s world music curriculum, the purpose of the symposium is to provide a platform for music educators, ethnomusicologists and musicologists, composers, performers, and interdisciplinary scholars in cultural studies to exchange innovative ideas about globalization in music practices in the 21st century.
The first world music concert at NIU on April 8, 1975 was a result of the Music Department’s pioneering establishment of a world music program. To attract a large audience, Dr. Kuo-Huang Han (now NIU Presidential Teaching Professor Emeritus) and his graduate student Jeff Abell (now a professor and the Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Columbia College in Chicago) titled the first concert “Musica Exotica” to suggest the “exotic” excitement of the non-western classical music featured in the concert. This first concert performance was well received by the NIU community because many instruments and music styles featured in the concert were seen and heard for the first time.
Forty years later, as a result of the many efforts of enthusiastic scholars, performing artists, and educators on and off the NIU campus, the practices and repertoire of non-western classical music are no longer “exotic” to the NIU community. The world music program has developed into a distinctive and now familiar component of the NIU tradition representing its unique culture and identity through hundreds of concert performances and outreach programs by the Chinese ensemble, Middle Eastern ensemble, Afro-pop ensemble, Afro-Cuban folkloric ensemble, Latin jazz ensemble, and the steel band. This pioneering history, a reflection of the broadening trends in musical idioms and practices since the 70s, is the genesis of the theme of the symposium.  
To redefine the term world music and expand its possibilities, the symposium will focus on three broad areas of pedagogical trends in world music-- in music education, in performance and composition, and in social/cultural studies. Discussion about world music in music education will include topics such as teaching methods and teacher training and the use of technology, as well as theory and music history. World music in performance and composition will include topics such as traditional and fusion solos and ensembles and the use of mixed media (visual arts, dance, and theater). World music in cultural studies will cover topics such as K-12 social studies and interdisciplinary studies in the arts and humanities (e.g., anthropology, history, art history, foreign languages, political science, sociology, intercultural communication, global studies).
World Music in Music Education
  • Exploring teaching world music in higher education (core course and/or gen ed requirement)
  • Exploring strategies in teaching-methods classes (elementary, secondary)
  • Exploring the application of world music idioms to developing musicianship (ear training, improvisation skills)
 World Music in Solo and Ensemble Performance and Composition
  • Expanding the repertoire to include world music idioms and/or mixed media
  • Including world music idioms and/or mixed media in composition
 World Music in Cultural Studies
  • Exploring the application of world music in K-12 cultural and global studies
  • Exploring the connections between world music and other arts and humanities disciplines
For further information, contact Dr. Jui-Ching Wang, Symposium Chair (jcwang@niu.edu).