Master Class: Orff-Afrique (EDUX 9348)


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

Instructors: Dr. Kofi Gbolonyo, Prosper Gbolonyo, Aaron Bebe Sukura, Doug Goodkin, Sofía López-Ibor, James Harding, Guest Ghanaian teachers and students from Nunya Academy
Date: July 4 – 15, 2022

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 the above instructors, as well as
select Ghanaian teachers.

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. 
The live Orff-Afrique Courses in 2014, 2016, and 2018 and the online versions in 2020
and 2021 had a life-changing impact on hundreds of music teachers. Don’t miss it!

Orff Schulwerk: Orff-AfriqueEDUX9338 
Dates: July 4- 15, 2022 
Times: 6:30am-9:30pm 
Cost:  $1,220.00 (no credit) or $1,440.00 (4 continuing education credits)
Location: Nunya Academy & White Dove Hotel, Dzodze, Ghana (in the Volta region)

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There are a small number of scholarships available for the SFIOC 2022 Summer Courses. For more information, click HERE.


For further information, please contact

Kofi Gbolonyo, Course Director