Paschal Younge, director of the World Music Center in the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts, will teach summer courses in Spain and Taiwan.
Younge will lecture on African rhythmic concepts at the University of Granada in Spain July 14-19, and will teach at the 2003 World Percussion Camp in Taiwan July 22-Aug. 2.
Music faculty member Maria Angustias Ortiz of the University of Granada invited Younge to take part in the summer course in Spain after she attended his paper presentations in England last April at the Seventh Biennial International Symposium and Festival at the Center for Intercultural Music Arts (CIMA) at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. The theme of the symposium was”New Intercultural Music,”and Ortiz found Younge’s ideas were relevant to Spanish music education.
The theme of the summer course at the University of Granada is”The Rhythm Aspect of Music Education.”Younge will give three two-hour lectures on understanding African rhythmic concepts. The lectures will feature musical performances and demonstrations.
Participants in the five-day summer course include university students, professors of music education and teachers in primary schools. The course is sponsored by the Mediterranean Center of the University of Granada.
The trip to Taiwan will be Younge’s fourth since 2000, when he took the WVU African Ensemble on a 10-day performance tour, sponsored by the Ju Percussion Group and Foundation. In 2001, he was invited by Ju to teach at the prestigious Ju Percussion International Summer Camp and in 2002 he was invited by the Taipei Arts International Association to participate in the 2002 Taiwan Dance Festival.
This year, Younge has been invited by Ju Percussion Group and Foundation to teach at the 2003 World Percussion Camp, along with other world-renowned percussionists including Chalo Educardo of Brazil; Carlos”Go Go”Gomez, an expert on Latin percussion; Da-pong Liu of China; Masaki Otawa of Japan; and Ken”Professor”Philmore of Trinidad.
Participants in the 2003 World Percussion Camp include percussion students from colleges and universities, high schools, junior high schools and primary schools. The theme of this year’s camp is”World Percussion,”and it will include courses on African, Brazilian, Latin, Chinese and Japanese drumming, as well as on steel pans and gamelans.
Younge will teach African drumming and dance through the”Alcate Technique,”a movement-based intercultural pedagogy that he developed. He also will perform his African solo percussion piece,”Metrov Totobli,”at a demonstration concert the National Concert Hall in Taipei on Aug. 2.
Younge came to WVU from the University of Ghana in West Africa, where he was principal music instructor and director of several ensembles, including brass bands, choirs and other instrumental groups. At WVU he gives lectures, workshops and clinics at the University, as well as at elementary, junior high and high schools throughout the state and in other parts of the United States.
He directs WVU ’s African Music Studies program, the African Drumming and Dance Ensemble, and the annual international summer programs in World Music and Dance at WVU .