2020 | HERMAN AWARD FOR SPECIALIZED PEDAGOGY
“Teaching from your heart brings genuine joy to all involved. I have long held the conviction that sharing of knowledge and culture is incredibly valuable, and this award provides the opportunity to reinforce the value of this vital work.”
Iddrisu is a traditionally trained dancer, musician, and historian from Northern Ghana, born into the Bizing family of court historians and musicians of the Dagbamba/Dagomba people.
“I have a unique interdisciplinary appointment shared between dance and musicology/ethnomusicology through the School of Music and Dance,” Iddrisu says. “In this role, I critically engage in both of these fields as an artist, scholar and teacher. My research explores the transformation of a variety of African performance pieces as they move from village to village, from rural to urban settings, from ritual to stage show within a global context.”
“This is an extraordinary time to be a teacher, and adjustment and adaptation can never be overemphasized. Connecting remotely with students this term has been smooth and rewarding as I continue to reach out to them even more than usual to let them know that I am available to help them transition into this new norm.”
Classes with Iddrisu
Seminar – Music Performance
Music Performance: Africa
Popular Music in the African Diaspora
Survey of African Music
Work, Rehearsals & Performance
Dema - African Music and Dance Ensemble
African Dance Aesthetics in a Global Context
Dance in Traditional Cultures: Africa
Contemporary Dance Lab
African Dance II
African Dance I
Sp St College Connect
Voices of Africa
“I am honored and humbled to have received this award and will revere this acknowledgment for my entire life. Most importantly, this honor goes to countless individuals across the globe who selflessly give their best in the field of teaching for the common good of all humankind.”
FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL?
Historians History (Africana Studies) & Geography
WHEN NOT TEACHING, WHERE ARE YOU?
With my beautiful wife and our two awesome kids in our family-owned wilderness!
I listen to a mixture of music genres across the globe. Music is an excellent motivator!