A Master Class with Immersive, Hands-On Experience in Orff-Schulwerk, African Indigenous Music Education, Children’s Games, Dance, Drum, Xylophone & Vocal/Choral Music in Ghana

Core Instructors: Dr. Kofi Gbolonyo, Prosper Gbolonyo, Doug Goodkin, Sofía López-Ibor, James Harding and others to be announced


Orff Schulwerk: Orff-Afrique EDUX9342
Dates: June 20-July3, 2018
Tuition: $1095 (no credit); $1315 (credit) (For additional housing costs, see below)
Location: Dzodze, Ghana (in the Volta region), West Africa
Host Institution: Nunya Music Academy
Course Venue:  White Dove Hotel, Dzodze, Ghana
Language of Instruction: English

Course Description: The music of West Africa birthed an unparalleled musical explosion in the African Diaspora—blues, gospel, jazz, rock, pop, hip-hop, reggae, calypso, samba, salsa and more can all be traced back to the vibrant musical cultures still alive and growing in West Africa. Children in music classes throughout the world delight in playing, singing and dancing “African” music, but teachers are often woefully unprepared to do the music justice, presenting a watered-down version with no knowledge of cultural context. This course offers a rare opportunity to learn and experience the music in its natural setting, taught by Dr. Kofi Gbolonyo, a remarkable teacher schooled in traditional ways in his home village of Dzodze, Ghana, while also trained in both Orff Schulwerk and Western university methods. He will be assisted by his brother Prosper and three internationally renowned Orff teachers Doug Goodkin, Sofia Lopez-Ibor and James Harding.

Participants will learn songs, games, dances, xylophone and percussion music from Ghana’s diverse cultures, as well as touch on other African and African-inspired styles. Alongside the hands-on learning will be lectures, concerts, discussion groups, field trips, observation of and work with students in local schools including Nunya Music Academy and outside of schools in the traditional village environment. Participants will also get the opportunity to teach students of Nunya Music Academy Western instruments, songs, games, and dances and lead Western styled ensembles of their choice and specialty including wind, strings, and choral ensembles.

In this two-week course you will experience:

  • Daily classes in traditional and contemporary children’s games, drumming, dancing & singing
  • Distinguished lectures on music education, ethnomusicology, dance and culture in Ghana
  • Special performances of traditional music and dance
  • Special lecture-demonstrations on Ghanaian-Ewe kente weaving
  • Field Trips to nearby traditional villages and traditional ceremonies
  • Nunya Festival: A children and youth music and dance festival
  • Interactions and performances with students from Nunya Music Academy
  • OPTIONAL Additional Potential Tours of Southern Ghana:
    -Accra (museums, arts market, University of Ghana, National Theatre)
    -Cape Coast and Elmina (slave castles, forts, Kakum rainforest canopy walk)
    -Tafi monkey sanctuary, Wli waterfalls and Amedzofe Gemi mountain
    -And more!

Please note: the final itinerary will be sent out to registered course participants by June 1, 2018.

The Orff-Afrique Courses in 2014 and 2016 had a life-changing impact on the 60 plus participants.
Don’t miss it!

Complete our Registration Form and pay your $20.00 non-refundable Application Fee. Click here for scholarship information.

COURSE & HOUSING COST (All prices in US Dollars)

Tuition/Course Fee:
Non Credit: $1,095 per person
Credit: $1,315 per person (Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA)
Housing/Room & Board (13 nights): 
Single Occupancy (1 to a room): $1,235 per person
Double Occupancy (2 to a room): $780 per person^
Triple Occupancy (3 to a room): $695 per person*

^Bed Include 1 Standard Bed with mattress, 1 Standard Mattress on floor (without bed)
*Conditions: Limited number of rooms available; Requires 3 people for a Triple occupancy room to be available and confirmed.
*Beds may include: 1 Standard Bed with mattress plus EITHER 1 Standard Mattress on floor (no bed) and 1 Sofa Bed on floor OR 1 Standard Bed with mattress and 2 Sofa Beds on floor.

TOTAL COST (Course Fee + Housing Cost)

Double Occupancy (2 to a room): $1,875 per person
Single Occupancy (1 to a room): $2,330 per person
Triple Occupancy (3 to a room): $1,790 per person
Credit(Include 4 Credits):
Double Occupancy (2 to a room): $2,550 per person
Single Occupancy (1 to a room): $2,095 per person
Triple Occupancy (3 to a room): $2,010 per person
What is included in total cost?
  • 54 hrs of instructional workshops and lecture-demonstrations
  • Hotel lodging at White Dove Hotel, Dzodze
  • Daily breakfast & dinner at White Dove Hotel, Dzodze
  • All group in-country transport from June 20-July 3 2018. (This includes group transportation from Accra to Dzodze on June 20 and Dzodze to Accra on July 3)
  • Group organized cultural events
  • Onsite teaching-learning resources
  • Group classes in traditional drumming, dancing, & singing
  • Group lectures onsite
  • Performances of traditional music and dance
  • Field Trips to nearby traditional villages, ceremonies, and sights of interest
  • Group tours of southern Volta Region
What is NOT included in total cost?

(*Optional and requires arrival in Accra on Mon., June 18)

  • Air fare (to and from ACC, Ghana): Estimated $1,500 – $2,200, but depends on origin
  • Daily lunch in Dzodze: Estimated $6 – $10 per plate
  • Meals off site (outside of White Dove Hotel): Estimated $50 – $200
  • Bottled Water: Participants are expected to buy their own bottled water
  • Excursions and other local transport in Ghana, other than organized in-country group travels
  • Visa fee: Cost depends on country of residence and application
  • Vaccination/Medical consultation fees: Cost depends on insurance
  • Malaria prophylaxis: Cost depends on insurance
  • International travel health insurance. Cost depends on insurance company
  • Mobile phone credit and Internet usage: Optional estimated $30 – $100
  • Additional private instruction: Optional $10/hour
  • *Accra Tours, e.g. museums, markets, University of Ghana: Optional on June 20
  • *Cape Coast/Elmina/Kakum tours of slave castles & forest canopy: Optional on June 19

*Cost and detailed arrangements to be determined after we know the approximate number of people interested and able to arrive in Ghana by June 18. The cost may include 2 nights hotel accommodation, food, transportation, and entrance fees.

  • Educators of the performing and visual arts including, but not limited to music, dance, drama, primary school from all levels
  • Orff-Schulwerk Teachers
  • General educators with a background or interest in the arts and/or African culture
  • Professionals and students in the fields of percussion, ethnomusicology and performance
  • Enthusiasts of world music drumming, dancing or African culture
  • African/Ghanaian Music, Dance and Cultural enthusiasts
  • Music Therapist
  • Anyone interested in African music, dance and indigenous knowledge

Enrollment is open to all worldwide. You do not need to be enrolled at any college or university to participate in this study program.

For more information visit:

Or Contact:
1. Kofi Gbolonyo: (604-446-5553)
2. Doug Goodkin: (415-564-1597)

NOTE: Keith Terry’s International Body Music Festival will immediately follow Orff-Afrique in the same location (July 4-16). A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand your body percussion skills, improve your rhythmic training and connect with a remarkable group of international body music practitioners in a unique cultural exchange with Ghanaian musicians.

Registration is separate. For more information, go to