MSU Music Dept grad will study in Ghana

Monday, June 26, 2017

Beth Brewer, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Mississippi State University and a Master’s Degree from George Mason University with a Concentration in Orff Schulwerk, will study in Ghana this summer.  Made possible by the 2017 Beacon Scholarship given by the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement (ACEMM), she will attend a two week program in Dzodze, Ghana.  Her study will focus on drumming, xylophone playing, dancing, and learning indigenous vocal music and songs from the diverse cultures of Ghana, Togo, and Benin.  The program features hands-on learning, lectures, concerts, field trips, and work with students in local schools including the Nunya Music Academy, the course’s host institution. Beth will study West African music, dance, and culture through an interactive ethnomusicology class led by Dr. Kofi J.S. Gbolonyo. Beth Brewer recently finished her first year at Bristow Run Elementary School in Prince William County, Virginia after teaching five years in the Boyd Schools of Montessori in Fairfax, Virginia.

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