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Dagara Music and Arts Center

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.

Dagara Music Center

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 were the inagural class of the Dagara Music and Arts Center. Professor Rebecca Green described the program as "a tremendous success" and has been sending students for summer courses every other year.

Dagara Music and Arts Center
The Dagara Music and Arts Center
Students at the Center
Students at the Center

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.

A group singing lesson
A group singing lesson
A private lesson with Bernard
A private xylophone lesson with Bernard

Talented teachers from the surrounding community offer courses in kente weaving, batik, tye-dying, drum making 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 Cape Coast Castle. The center can help visitors make arrangements for cultural excursions throughout West Africa.

Drumming class at the Dagara Music and Arts Center
Drumming class at the Dagara Music and Arts Center
Students at the Center learn to print Adinkra cloth
Students at the Center learn to print Adinkra cloth

The Dagara Music and Arts Center has dormitory-style accomodations for 21 people with comfortable amenities. Located next door is the Hilltop Restaurant, which offers a range of Ghanaian and Western dishes.

Sessions are available during the following dates:

  • May 20 - August 15, 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 accomodations
  • breakfast and dinner
  • six hours of personal and group instruction per day
  • pickup and dropoff at Kotoka International Airport
  • Tuition and Fees (7 day minimum stay):

  • 10 or more students: USD $75 per student, per day
  • Fewer than 10 students: USD $75 per student, per day
  • Individual student: USD $80 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 visit the Contact section of this website.

    Bernard Woma with students at the Dagara Music Center

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