Dominic Donkor & Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong combines her training in classical percussion and music education with her twenty-five years of studies in Ghanaian music and dance to offer an integrated and community based approach in her work. She received her BMus. and MMus. from the University of Toronto, focusing on education and world music.  She travelled to Ghana in 1990 to begin studies with Kwasi Dunyo, and two years later facilitated his first trip to North America. The Ghanaian community and culture have provided a rich and compelling context for her work, and continue to provide inspiration for future projects.
   As an artist-educator Kathy has worked with Volcano Theatre and Queen of Puddings Music Theatre,  and been artist in residence at Queen’s University Faculty of Education, Laurier University, Ithaca College and University of Wisconsin-Madison among others. She has  been the keynote presenter at the Scottish Music Educators National Conference and a clinician at Festival 500 in St. John’s Newfoundland. Since 1997, Kathy has taught at Carleton University, in the School for Studies in Art and Culture, developing ear training courses centred on rhythm and movement, a seminar in Issues in African Music, and a Music in Culture course in Ghana. She is also the founding director of the Carleton Music West African Rhythm Ensemble. Kathy is also a longtime artist educator with MASC, teaching in schools and designing and implementing workshops for teachers linking the arts to several curriculum areas.

Before coming to Canada, Dominic Donkor  toured extensively with the prestigious Ghana National Dance Ensemble. These tours took him to South America, Europe, South Africa & USA. Now based in Montréal, he is  the Director of Keteke which performs traditional music from Ghana. Dominic has alsp toured extensively with Montreal dancer Zab Maboungou and has been a featured guest artist with Baobab Tree Drum Dance Community in Ottawa for several years.

Curriculum Links

Response to music, active listening, oral expression, language arts, pattern recognizance, cultural awareness.

Additional Information


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English
French
French Immersion

Ghana Rhythm, Song & Dance

Residency Performance English

A vibrant and interactive performance by two engaging and experienced musicians, incorporating the sounds and movement of Ghana's traditional arts. The performance is interwoven with discussion and the exploration of cultural connections.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, General Public
Maximum:
150
Discipline:
Music
Time and Price:
One performance: 1 hour $405 + HST
Two performances: same school in one half day: $605 + HST
Two performances: same school in one day: $705 + HST
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Talking Drums

New Program Residency Workshop English

The workshop introduces students to the expressive rhythms of Gahu or Kpanlogo, which use interlocking drumming patterns to produce conversations between parts, linked by a common pulse. The energizing and fun groove of these pieces, along with the challenge of keeping the beat, offer playful ways to be in-the-moment, and develop non-verbal communication skills.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
One class
Discipline:
Music
Time and Price:
One hour session: $195 + HST
Half day: two 1 hour sessions $295*+ HST
Full day: three 1 hour sessions $395*+ HST

Sessions for kindergarten are 45 minutes each
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Listening Spaces

New Program Residency Workshop English

This workshop will lead students along a vibrant pathway of sounds inspired by the Kakum Rainforest in Ghana. Cyclical patterns of African bells, accompanied by improvised sounds on hand-held ambient instruments inspire focused listening and awareness, connecting the class members to each other and their environment.

Participants:
Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Maximum:
One class
Discipline:
Music
Time and Price:
One hour session: $195 + HST
Half day: two 1 hour sessions $295*+ HST
Full day: three 1 hour sessions $395*+ HST

Sessions for kindergarten are 45 minutes each
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Ghana Rhythm, Song & Dance

Residency Performance English Seniors

A vibrant and interactive performance by two engaging and experienced musicians, incorporating the sounds and movement of Ghana's traditional arts. The performance is interwoven with discussion and the exploration of cultural connections.

Participants:
Seniors
Discipline:
Music
Time and Price:
One performance: 1 hour $395 + HST
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Workshop

Residency English Seniors

Kathy Armstrong uses layers of rhythm and call and response patterns with participants, who will play simple pieces that will enhance their listening abilities, develop multiple layers of awareness and focus, and sharpen their non-verbal skills. Drums and small percussion instruments will be provided. A large open space with a circle of chairs is ideal for these workshops

Participants:
Seniors
Maximum:
20
Discipline:
Music
Time and Price:
One workshop: 1 hour $240 + HST
Half day: Two 1 hour workshops $280 + HST
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