Gregory AckerLouisville, KY
As a teaching artist for over 25 years, I offer hands-on world music and related arts workshops, residencies, and performances. Areas of focus include: homemade instrument-building and musical composition, Indonesian music and shadow theater, and, in collaboration with dancer and musician Hamidou Koivogui (Guinea, West Africa), West African music and dance. Students will engage with culture-based musics–playing instruments, singing in different languages, learning about the culture–en route to developing a school performance to share their learning.
Virtual or NTI instruction available! Classes on world music, instrument families, and homemade instrument building.
New for this fall, the Bucket of Art and Music–a curated collection of early art and music experiences for ages 4+. Recently provided 50 BAM buckets for Kentucky Refugee Ministries’ Summer Camp at Home, with weekly NTI class visits where students assembled and learned to play the xylophone, rainstick, panpipes, and bull-roarer. Visit the Sound Community website for more info about the BAM bucket.
My background: Peace Corps Africa , MA Ethnomusicology (Wesleyan University, CT), APPEX (Asian Pacific Performance Exchange) fellow, Arts-in-Healing (Ky Center) roster artist, VSA Master Artist and artist mentor.