ThisWorldMusic: Traveling - Study in Ghana: Music, Arts, Culture

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  • Location(s): Traveling, Ghana
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad, Graduate Program, Research

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ThisWorldMusic's Study in Ghana program offers academic or professional credit from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Participants live at the world renowned Dagbe Cultural Institute in the village of Kopeyia, studying traditional West Afri... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.7
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I learned that one can have a life-changing experience in a short amount of time. Perhaps the most wonderful thing about this program was the feeling that my experience felt truly authentic. This seems largely possibly through the staff (locals) who were willing to chaperones to the students. - Saint Mary's College of California View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ThisWorldMusic: Traveling - Study in Ghana: Music, Arts, Culture
I learned about the culture, especially the spirituality of Africa. I was educated on the traditions that still exist, while seeing the progression of the people and society. I gained enlightenment on inner strength and the ability to endure through hot weather! I know how to drum, sing, and dance in the West African forms. I re... - St Mary's University View Entire Review
I learned so much from this experience - I was able to gain different life-perspectives, have a fun time dancing, and learn a lot of new drum rhythms, all while making some great friends. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ThisWorldMusic: Traveling - Study in Ghana: Music, Arts, Culture
Learned new musical resources to apply to my classroom, found a love of African dancing that I will continue for the rest of my life, learned a variety of cultural arts, gained perspective about the world and culture, developed strong bonds with new friends from America as well as locals. Worthwhile does not capture how meaningf... - CUNY - Queens College View Entire Review
The teaching style is different in Ghana than in America. I definitely appreciated experiencing a different style of teaching as well as a completely different style of life and am humbled to understand the reality of their daily existence more fully. - University of Massachusetts Amherst / UMass View Entire Review
August 01, 2016 It Was Magical.
My experience abroad was most definitely worthwhile. It was so wonderful to see how another culture lives and I gained a greater insight to the world of African dance and drumming. - Saint Mary's College of California View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ThisWorldMusic: Traveling - Study in Ghana: Music, Arts, Culture
I gained a new found respect for my enormous privilege as an American citizen at the same time as I gained awareness of how little I know of the world. My eyes were opened to cultural differences I could never have anticipated--everything from the way shopping works to how music sounds to how history is understood and communicat... - Knox College View Entire Review
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January 29, 2016 A Beautiful Journey
I gained a new perspective and a broader sense of the world. I met some of the happiest and most talented and well adjusted people whose happiness exists without the same resources available in the United States. The Ghanaian dancing and drumming which we learned at times felt so far out of my comfort zone; which was a beautif... - Saint Mary's College of California View Entire Review
I learned so many skills I never would of had to chance to encounter at home. I was so inspired by West African style of dancing and their lifestyle that I came back with such a different perspective with not taking our resources for granted and settling for one type of passion. There is a purpose and meaning behind everything ... - Saint Marys College of California View Entire Review
January 13, 2016 Fantastic
I learned a lot about the country and their culture. It was totally worthwhile. - Knox College View Entire Review
October 15, 2015 Fun!
I had been studying music from Ghana for a few years in the U.S. and it was nice to experience the real deal. I thought it was a worthwhile personal experience but I do not predict much impact in my professional life. - None View Entire Review
This program connected me with Ghanaian culture and music in an authentic and in depth way. I had a wonderful experience and would do it again in a heartbeat! - Baldwin-Wallace College View Entire Review
January 26, 2017 Awesome
it is hard to say, it was a lovely experience with very generous people and I would highly recommend it. - Saint Mary's College of California View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ThisWorldMusic: Traveling - Study in Ghana: Music, Arts, Culture
I did not expect to feel so moved by the experience or so at home at the institute. The entire staff (Dagbe and ThisWorldMusic) were open and real, offering the students a chance to engage deeply with the culture and the people. The cultural wealth and generosity of the Ghanaians I met impressed me. I feel compelled to examine m... - Saint Mary's College of California View Entire Review
I gained knowledge about Ghanaian dance and drumming first hand and made relationships with the people there that I will never forget. - Oregon State University View Entire Review
August 12, 2016 I Will Go Back..!!
The trip was life changing. I was able to live in among the residents of Dagbe and experience their culture. - University of New England / UNE View Entire Review
Very worthwhile - University of New Hampshire View Entire Review
July 31, 2016 Very Worthwhile
This was very worthwile! It was great for students interested in music, arts, drama, dance, etc. It is also great for teachers of any sort. - Teachers College, Columbia University View Entire Review
I was able to learn dancing and drums, learn about the language, the food, and batiking! - Knox College View Entire Review
February 07, 2016 Akbe Kakakakakakaka!
I am better able to identify with people who live very differently from me. - Knox College View Entire Review
My trip to Ghana gave me a super unique experience to learn about a different culture in a way that is not easy to come by. Having the chance to go to Kopeyia and Dagbe to learn with such knowledgeable artists was truly a life-changing experience, giving me new perspectives that I have brought home with me. - Saint Mary's College of California View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ThisWorldMusic: Traveling - Study in Ghana: Music, Arts, Culture
January 23, 2016 Absolutely Incredible!
Studying in Ghana with ThisWorldMusic was one of the best decisions I've ever made. This trip was life changing, to say the least. So much hard work goes into putting these trips together, and it shows. The week I spent at Dagbe was amazing, and taught me so much more than I could have imagined. I had done Ewe drumming before th... - Hampshire College View Entire Review
Again, a bit disappointed that no one fed a lemur, but everything else was pretty wonderful - Knox College View Entire Review
I gained a love and appreciation for the people and culture of Ghana. I learned an abundance of drumming, dances and songs to keep me filled for a lifetime. I reawakened the feeling of truly being an inexperienced student and the joy of diligent work to succeed and honor a beautiful culture. If you value exuberance for life, ... - Northwestern University View Entire Review

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ThisWorldMusic's Study in Ghana program offers academic or professional credit from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Participants live at the world renowned Dagbe Cultural Institute in the village of Kopeyia, studying traditional West African music, dance and craft making with the Dagbe Institute’s highly trained staff of local artists. Intense periods of study are interspersed with excursions to nearby beaches and open-air markets, as well as participation in and observation of local festivals.

Next, the Study in Ghana group travels to historic Cape Coast Castle, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its prominent role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. We also visit Kakum National Park Rainforest Preserve, where participants take a tour of the rainforest and go on a “Canopy Walkway,” a series of steel cable reinforced footbridges strung between the treetops. We then explore the capital city of Accra, where students take an exclusive tour of a master drum maker’s workshop, visit one of Ghana’s famous live music clubs and sample Ghanaian cuisine. While in Accra, participants shop at the National Arts Centre and are treated to a private performance and workshop with the acclaimed Ghana National Dance Ensemble.

Participants in the 3-week summer study abroad program in Ghana earn 6 credits (undergraduate or graduate) or equivalent professional development credits (PDP/CRU/PLU/CEU) from the UMass Department of Music & Dance; those taking the 12-day winter study abroad course earn 3 credits. Enrollment is open to students and professionals worldwide.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Graduate Program
Research
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
  • January Term
  • Custom
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • English Language and Literature
  • Music
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • African Studies
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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