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Dec. 1, 2017

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Open to students in the Faculty of Music as well as non-music students. 

The course will be taught by Kathy Armstrong, MMus, MA, as well as guest lecturers and instructors based in Ghana from May 11-27, 2018. 

This Special Topics course will immerse students in the vibrant musical culture and community life in Dagbamete, an Ewe village in the Volta Region of Ghana, as well as offer opportunities to explore the urban musical culture of Ghana’s capital city, Accra. Through participatory musicmaking, critical discussion, and reflective and experiential assignments, students will develop an understanding of the connections between music and community in Ghana and implications for their own studies. The course will be based at the West African Cultural Exchange Centre in Dagbamete, which is founded and directed by Kwasi Dunyo. In addition, students will spend some time in Accra with sessions at the University of Ghana at Legon.


Students should be finishing their first year of studies at minimum, and have some background in Community Music or a related field. We welcome students from outside the Faculty of Music.

Application Process

  • Please submit applications by Jan.12, 2018. (Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
  • Application packages must be submitted to Deanna Yerichuk (mailbox #99) or to Andrew Mellanby, John Aird Building, 5th Floor.
  • Completed applications must be submitted in hard copy and include the following materials:
    • Completed application for the MU280 field course.
    • Two (2) completed reference forms (preferably one academic and one community), each in a sealed envelope with the referee's signature across the seal.
    • Deposit cheque in the amount of $200 CDN, made out to Wilfrid Laurier University.
    • A refund will be issues if the student is not accepted into the field course or if the field course is cancelled due to low enrolment.

For more information and to get the application materials, please contact Deanna Yerichuk at


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