Earth Song 200-Hour World Music School

earth-music-logo2Indigenous music from around the world is presented in a structured program, from Africa, Brazil, India and, of course, Taonga Puoro.

In this new program of study you’ll learn the rhythms, dances and celebrations that make up the history and science of musical cultures from the four corners of the globe.

earth-music-30pxDates for 2014 Modules

Module 1: Two weekends exploring Indian music and dance.

March 8-9, plus March 15-16, 2014

Jyoshna La Trobe

Dr Jyoshna La Trobe

Tutor/Performer Dr Jyoshna La Trobe explains and performs songs that have extraordinary healing qualities, embodying diversity and devotion, in various languages including Sanskrit and Bengali. Socially invigorating and progressive, with a broad range of ethnic influences, Module 1 draws on the rich history and exquisitely crafted Tantric dances and songs, both ancient and contemporary.


Veshnu Narayanasamy

Tutor/Performer Veshnu is one of a very few Indian Classical dancers in Singapore to have achieved a high professional status in the art form. He has developed his kinetic skills in the traditional genres of Bharathanatyam and Odissi, as well as in the innovative sphere of new dance vocabulary, to emerge not only as a dynamic and intelligent artist, but also as choreographer. His Bharata-Natyam and Odissi has a unique and vibrant style, which evolved out of his perseverance in the search for artistic excellence.


Module 2: Two weekends exploring African music and dance.

March 29-30, plus May 3-4, 2014


Jimi Dale (foreground)

Tutor/Performer Jimi Dale will be teaching African drum rhythms, songs and dances. Jimi’s expertise is in West African music and the music of Zimbabwe, and includes the recreational, ceremonial and spiritual aspects of the rhythms, songs and dances.


Module 3: Two weekends exploring Brazilian music and dance, plus Japanese drum-based music.

May 17-18, plus May 31-June 1, 2014


Tamashii Taiko Drummers

Performers Tamashii Taiko Drummers bring a tradition that has been in Japan for thousands of years, starting with its introduction from China and Korea. Early Taiko was a practical tool with many military and regional uses, as a staple for every temple ceremony and local festival, and with each town and village developing their own distinctive beat.


Cecília Valentim (left)

Tutor Cecília Valentim is a Brazilian singer, vocal teacher and psychotherapist who trained with the prominent music masters H.J. Koellreutter and Jill Purce. She specializes in early music in England and Spain, and in the Healing Voice and learnt Overtone Chanting from England. She practices body and transpersonal psychotherapy. Cecilia is a pioneer in Brazilian music and will lead us along the path of singing and healing as personal transformation and expression. She has also developed a new approach called The Art of Being Singing.


Module 4: Two weekends exploring Nga Taonga Puoro – Maori instruments, songs and culture.

June 14-15, plus June 28-29, 2014


Dr Richard Nunns

Tutor Richard Nunns has been described as one of New Zealand’s most remarkable musicians. A Pakeha (European New Zealander) who has become the living authority on Taonga Puoro, Richard was awarded the QSM for services to Taonga Puoro (2009); an Arts Laureate (2009), was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame with Hirini Melbourne (2009). Te Whaiao: Te Ku Te Whe Remixed won Best Maori album (2008).

Brian Flintoff is a master bone-carver, whose work is held on marae through Aotearoa and in collections and museums around the world. Carving for over 35 years, he has been most influenced by traditional Maori artists, plus artists from other indigenous cultures, especially the West Coast Canadian Indian tribes. He is the author of Taonga Puoro: Singing Treasures, about the musical instruments of the Maori.

Module 5: One weekend exploring the Gamelan music of Indonesia.

July 19-20, 2014


Dr Ki Joko Susilo

Tutor/Performer Ki Joko Susilo is an eighth-generation dhalang (shadow puppet master) from Central Java who performs in English as well as traditional languages. Dr Susilo has a degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Otago, has a rich family background in Wayang and Gamelan. Dr Susilo’s father began performing at the age of twelve years and Dr Susilo performed his first all-night wayang kulit play at age 10.

“In 1982 I graduated from high school and enrolled at the tertiary institution of Sekolah Tinggi Seni Indonesia (STSI) in Solo to study the art of shadow puppetry. I graduated in 1986 and became a lecturer in the pedalangan department at STSI in 1987. I continued to perform all-night wayang kulit plays and lecture at STSI until I travelled to New Zealand in 1993. I finished my doctorate at Otago University in 2000.”


earth-music-30pxCosts and Options

To attract music students of any age, and the wider public, there is a two-tier pricing structure for the Earth Song Music & Culture School.



Early Bird $1,755 – your place can be reserved with a $255 deposit, and balance $1,500 prior to your elected start date.

Full Price $2,115 – your place can be reserved with a $315 deposit, and balance $1,800 prior to your elected start date.



Early Bird $1,350 – your place can be reserved with a $255 deposit, and balance $1,500 prior to your elected start date.

Full Price $1,710  – your place can be reserved with a $255 deposit, and balance $1,500 prior to your elected start date.



Early Bird $225 per weekend ($450 per 2-weekend module)

Full Price $265 per weekend ($530 per 2-weekend module)



Early Bird $180 per weekend ($360 per 2-weekend module)

Full Price $220 per weekend ($440 per 2-weekend module)



However, we advise people to pre-book for the modules that cover two weekends, to avoid disappointment. There will be a limited number of ‘seats’ per weekend as each module is both practical and focussed, enabling you to build your understanding of the music and your relationship with it.


Only people who attend all 5 modules will be eligible for the 200-Hour World Music & Culture certificate. Modules will run again in 2015 and credits from the 2014 modules can be carried over.


8:00–9:30am Tuning Into the Music – Vocal Warm-ups and Breathing

9:30-11:30am Music in Context – Theoretical Perspectives

11:30-1:30pm Practical and Practicing

1:30-2:30pm Lunch

2:30-4:30pm Indigenous History & Modern Performance

4:30-6:30pm Songs of the New Dawn


$40 per night for a share twin room. Single rooms provided only if available.

$60 per night for a private room.

$40 per day for full catering breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Each weekend with accommodation + fully catered: $160

For all accommodation and catering enquiries please contact:


Sacred songs, musical storytelling, dance and choreography – all have their part to play in the history of music-making. Now’s your chance to participate in that development.

The program begins in March, 2014. For information and bookings: