Study in Ghana - African Music, Arts & Culture Workshop 2013
July 24-Aug. 15
Music 597B/C: UMass African Drum & Dance Cultural Field Study in Ghana Jeremy Cohen, Adjunct Faculty & Founder/Director of ThisWorldMusic
Study in Ghana, West Africa! Participants live for 2 weeks at the Dagbe Cultural Institute & Arts Centre, taking studio classes with local artists in traditional African music, dance and craft making. During the remaining week, the Study in Ghana group explores Kakum National Park rainforest, historic Cape Coast Castle, and the capital city of Accra.
Enrollment is open to students, both undergraduate and graduate, as well as to the general public. Residents of Canada are also welcome to apply. Learn more at: Study in Ghana.
Sponsored by the UMass Amherst International Programs Office Students enrolled in the Four Summers Master's Program may use the Study in Ghana course to fulfill one elective.
From July 24-27, 2013, join conductors James Patrick Miller, Tony Thornton, guest artists Frank Battisti and Wayne Abercrombie, and current and future music educators from across the country for rehearsals, lectures, and discussions focused on current trends and issues in public school music education.
All participants will be given the opportunity to conduct both an SATB choir and a Wind Ensemble as well as the chance to learn from nationally recognized music educators. By the end of the week, you will be leaving not only with new ideas about how to become better musicians and teachers, but also with a reminder of why it is that we teach music!
Early Registration by April 1, 2013
Late Registration by May 15, 2013
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