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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Absolutely. I gained a true awareness of living more "minimally" and experienced such depths of joy, I truly would have staid for an entire month if not longer. I don't know if this would be true for every one, but I know for me that the trip reminded me of what is truly important: connection with others, music, dance, and being... - University of Massachusetts Amherst View Entire Review
I have become more aware of enjoying life, making sure to relax a little bit every day and not worry so much. It is hard to maintain the values that I did while in Ghana, since New York life can be so overbearing. But I am confident that the values instilled in me on the Ghana trip will always be there, since the lessons I learn... - New York University View Entire Review
It was a fantastic experience, I encourage everyone to consider it! - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
it inspired me to travel more - University of Massachusetts - Lowell View Entire Review
This was an incredible experience and extremely worthwhile on both musically and personally. Musically, I learned a tremendous amount for my own purposes as well as to use with my students (k-6 general music). Personally, my eyes were opened to a completely different way of life and I returned home with a heightened sense of w... - Providence College View Entire Review
Yes, put the world into a better perspective. - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
Learning to do Ghanaian drumming and dancing in Ghana was great and I use some of the things I learned in my classroom as well as I now take lessons at home in Canada - University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh View Entire Review
I learned more about life in different countries. I had never left the U.S. before this trip and I was a little nervous to go on the trip. The trip turned out to be everything I hoped and more. This trip has made me a better musician and a better person. After going on this trip I am now considering going to graduate school to s... - Westfield State College View Entire Review
I was able to think about Africa in a whole new way, and to look at immigrants and their issues in America from a different perspective. - University of Massachusetts Amherst 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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