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Festival Music of the Caribbean

  • Location: Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Travel Dates:
    December 27, 2017 - January 6, 2018
  • Courses Offered:
    MUS 207: World Music (3 credits)
    ANTH 102: Understanding Other Cultures (3 credits) 
    ANTH 399: Independent Study (3 credits)
  • Program Fees: $2,495 (not including tuition)
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  • Application Instructions & Eligibility Requirements

This program offers the unique opportunity for students to experience the cultural traditions and music of Trinidad and Tobago during preparations for the Trinidad Carnival festival. The newly formed wintermester now makes it possible to visit the island during peak season as the island prepares for Carnival. As a part of this program, students will engage in the study of festival traditions that take place on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. They will have the opportunity to explore the rich musical history of Trinidad through several different folkloric and popular musical performance traditions including: calypso, soca, steel pan, parang, extempo, tamboo bamboo and chutney. These different musical traditions will be experienced firsthand by observing and participating in rehearsals and performances of several of these musical styles. Studying these traditions will help inform the students of the diverse history of the island that includes African, British, Indian, French and Spanish influences.

City and beach walking will be a part of daily excursions on the island.


Course Information

These courses are cross-listed, and students will earn up to 3 credits. The credits earned during the wintermester term will be counted towards the Spring Semester's 12-18 credits.

Note: MUS 207 and ANTH 102 are cross-listed. 

MUS 207: World Music (3 credits). This program offers the unique opportunity for students to experience the cultural traditions and music of Trinidad and Tobago during preparations for the Trinidad Carnival festival. As a part of this program, students will engage in the study of festival traditions that take place on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. They will have the opportunity to explore the rich musical history of Trinidad through several different folkloric and popular musical performance traditions including: calypso, soca, steel pan, parang, extempo, tamboo bamboo and chutney. These different musical traditions will be experienced firsthand by observing and participating in rehearsals and performances of several of these musical styles. Studying these traditions will help inform the students of the diverse history of the island that includes, African, British, Indian, French and Spanish influences.

Instructor: Jesse Willis
Prerequisite: None

ANTH 102: Understanding Other Cultures. (3 credits) An exploration and comparison of selected contemporary cultures, including their languages. An introduction to the concepts, methods and data of sociocultural anthropology and anthropological linguistics. 

Instructor: Gillian Richards-Greaves
Prerequisite: None

ANTH 399: Independent Study. (3 credits) Students requesting upper level credits in Anthropology for this study abroad course may enroll in ANTH 399-X1 with Dr. Richards-Greaves. This independent study will offer the unique opportunity for students to experience the cultural traditions and music of Trinidad and Tobago during preparations for the Trinidad Carnival festival. Students will engage in the study of festival traditions that take place on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. They will have the opportunity to explore the rich musical history of Trinidad through several different folkloric and popular musical performance traditions including: calypso, soca, steel pan, parang, extempo, tamboo bamboo and chutney. These different musical traditions will be experienced firsthand by observing and participating in rehearsals and performances of several of these musical styles. Studying these traditions will help inform the students of the diverse history of the island that includes, African, British, Indian, French and Spanish influences.

Instructor: Gillian Richards-Greaves
Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor. 


Faculty Leaders

Jesse Willis(760) MusicDr. Jesse Willis, Assistant Professor, Department of Music
Dr. Jesse Willis is an Assistant Professor of Music and the Director of Percussion Studies at Coastal Carolina University. He holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University and a Doctor of Music degree from Texas Tech University. As a perform and scholar, Jesse’s creative interests have led him to explore the music of Africa as well as Afro-centric musical traditions of the Caribbean and South America. He currently directs CalypSamba, the CCU World Percussion Ensemble, which was invited to perform at the 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). He has led several successful student trips around the Carolinas (Columbia, Wilmington, Charleston) as well as a 30-student trip to San Antonio, TX for 5 days/4 nights for their PASIC performance. Jesse also traveled to Trinidad as an extra chaperone for a university trip (Texas Tech University, May 2009). Dr. Willis is well versed in the musical traditions and cultural celebrations of Trinidad Carnival.  


Assistant Professor, Anthropology and GeographyDr. Gillian Richards-Greaves, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Geography
Dr. Gillian Richards-Greaves is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Coastal Carolina University. She earned dual Ph.Ds. in Ethnomusicology and Cultural Anthropology from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a BA-MA in Music-Education with minor in Mathematics, from Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her research encompasses the musical, cultural, linguistic, and ritual expressions of the African Diaspora, with particular emphasis on the connections between Africa, the Caribbean and the United States. She has conducted research on kweh-kweh, an African Guyanese pre-wedding ritual, and is currently researching the culture and identity of the Gullah-Geechee of South Carolina. Dr. Richards-Greaves also serves as the Assistant Director for the Charles Joyner Institute for Gullah and African Diaspora Studies at Coastal Carolina University.


Cost of the Program

The tuition for this course is included in Spring semester. 

Program Fees: $2,495

Included: Roundtrip airfare from U.S. to Trinidad and Tobago; accommodations while abroad; ground-based transportation; 2 meals a day; organized activities; host-institution fees; and emergency medical insurance. 

Not included in Program Fees: 

  • Out-of-Pocket Expenses: Approximately $100-150 USD for meals not covered by program fees.  

Payment Schedule for Program Fees and Tuition

Program Fee & Tuition Schedule Due Date Amount Due
Deposit

September 20, 2017

$300
1st Payment

October 5, 2017

$732
2nd Payment

November 3, 2017

$732
3rd Payment

December 8, 2017

$731
Tuition

January 3, 2018

Paid as part of regular Spring Tuition 

Deposits can be made in-person at Student Accounts (Baxley Hall) or over the phone. After acceptance to the program, payments can be made either online through Webadvisor or at Student Accounts.  Please note that payments made with a debit or credit card will be charged a service fee of 2.7 percent. For more information about methods of payment, visit http://www.coastal.edu/studentaccounts.


Helpful Links

Xanadu Tropical Resort: http://www.xanadutt.com/

State Department Country Information: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/trinidad-tobago.html

Health Information for Travelers to Trinidad and Tobago: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/trinidad-and-tobago