This program is dedicated to introduce international students to the study and performance of African music and dance, providing students and faculty the pedagogy and context in which they can learn and broaden their knowledge on the various genres of African performing arts. The program includes music education, music therapy, music history, music performance and visual art studies for university and college students as well as non students and individuals who are interested in the study of these subjects.
Women in Music and African Studies
A special education program at the Dagara Music Center. This program of work-study includes drumming, dancing, singing, batik and tie-dye making. Kente weaving, beads making, basket weaving, cooking, volunteer teaching at nearby schools and working with women’s groups, such as market women, church groups and community-based network groups.
The DMC also hosts independent researchers and volunteer groups. Contact for more information about customizable programs.
Bernard offers educational clinics and hands-on workshops to all ages. The program is designed to suit all age groups and professional levels. He has taught African music and dance in many schools, colleges and universities across the world and has been teaching in the U.S for the past 22 years. He continues to be the cultural ambassador of his nation Ghana as he tours with his own Saakumu Dance Troupe around the world.
Elementary School Program
This special program is designed to teach and bring awareness to young kids on African music, art and culture. The program requires students to participate in physical, experiential, and practical activities such as playing handmade African drums, xylophones, sing songs in different African languages and do a dance. Bernard runs a big kids ensemble of 2nd and 3rd graders at St. Ann’s elementary school in Brooklyn NYC. For students from pre-K through senior high, he offers school assembly participation and in-class workshops with hands-on instrumental instructions and dance movements.
College and University Program
This program is dedicated to introduce students to the study and performance of African music and dance, providing students and faculty the pedagogy and cultural context in which they can learn and broaden their knowledge on the various genres of African performing arts. The program includes music education, music therapy, music history and music performance. Bernard has helped established African Drum and Xylophone ensembles in many universities in the U.S.