Bernard Woma’s reputation as a composer and performer is surpassed only by his reputation as a teacher. Bernard has students throughout Africa, Europe and the United States, who have learned traditional Ghanaian drum and xylophone styles from him.
In 1999, in the interests of sharing his knowledge with a larger group of people, Bernard opened the Dagara Music and Arts Center in Medie, Ghana, a suburb of the capital city, Accra. Students live and work at the center, where they pursue studies in traditional drumming, dancing, xylophone music and visual arts.
In the summer of 2000, 23 students and professors from Bowling Green State University in Ohio USA were the inaugural class of the Dagara Music and Arts Center. Professor Rebecca Green described the program as “a tremend,ous success” and has been sending students for summer courses every other year.
Bernard personally supervises all teaching along with his staff of talented musicians and dancers. Students from around the world learn traditional xylophone and drum music, dancing, singing and Ghanaian culture.
Talented teachers from the surrounding community offer courses in kente weaving, batik, tye-dying, drum making, beads making, basket weaving, and blacksmithing. The location of the school gives students an opportunity to explore the exciting, dynamic city of Accra, home to over three million Ghanaians. The school is also located near a number of beautiful Atlantic beaches and a number of historic castles, including the Cape Coast and Elmina Castles. The center can help visitors make arrangements for cultural excursions throughout Ghana and West Africa.
The Dagara Music and Arts Center has dormitory-style accommodations for up to 60 people with comfortable amenities. Located next door is the Hilltop Restaurant, which offers a range of Ghanaian and Western dishes.
The summer sessions are available during the following dates:
- May 10 – August 30, annually.
The school is also available for sessions throughout the year, including Winter Term Studies. Please contact Bernard Woma for details.
The Dagara Music and Arts Center “Lessons and Lodging” package includes:
- dormitory accommodations
- breakfast, lunch, and dinner when in the center
- six hours of personal and group instruction per day
- pickup and dropoff at the Kotoka International Airport
Tuition and Fees (7 day minimum stay):
- 10 or more students: USD $80 per student, per day
- Fewer than 10 students: USD $80 per student, per day
- Individual student: USD $85 per student, per day
The staff of the Dagara Music and Arts Center can help you plan an exciting cultural vacation to Ghana including a stay at the Center. For more information, please contact for more information.