Teaching Experience

By the time I studied in Ghana, I had transferred to Colorado State University to finish my undergraduate education.  The semester after I returned, I started teaching CSU’s first African Drum and Dance class, which continued after I graduated and lasted until I had to leave Fort Collins.  Throughout my time, the class performed several concerts, benefits, and fundraisers for CSU and the surrounding community.  Once I arrived at Indiana University, I was a guest instructor for the Music in African Life class, teaching the rhythm/dance Kuku to both undergraduate and graduate students.  

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) is my current university home, where I teach the West African Drum & Dance class through the Visual and Performing Arts Department.  I also teach classes for the youth of Fort Carson, and I am available for workshops and masterclasses throughout Colorado.

West African Drum & Dance

During my one year at Ithaca College, I signed up for an African Drum and Dance class.  That semester, Ithaca had a guest instructor named Sulley Imoro from Medié, Ghana.  I was hooked!  Barely two years later, I spent some time studying abroad in Ghana to learn more about the music and dance from the area.  I came back with a bunch of drums, recordings, and videos to add to my music collection, not to mention memories of many lessons with Bernard Woma and members of the SAAKUMU Dance Troupe
To keep the learning alive, I started to perform with Falé, the African Drum and Dance Collective of Fort Collins, CO.  Most of my experience up to that point was in Ghanaian music; Falé exposed me to music from Guinea, Mali, and Togo, and to even more master teachers from Africa, including Fara Tolno.

Contact me to play at your event!  Solo drumming, solo African xylophone playing, drum groups and dance groups are available.