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*Trinidad: Culture and Pan Music

Trinidad and Tobago: Port of Spain

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Introduction

The MU International Center and School of Music sponsor this Winter Break faculty-led program in Trinidad. MU Professor Julia Gaines will lead a two-week, three credit hour program that is open to both MU undergraduate and graduate students as well as non-MU enthusiasts with an interest in steel pans.

The program will focus on the history and culture of Trinidad as well as the preparation for Panorama, the largest steel pan music competition in the world. The two weeks will include several classes focusing on the history of pan, pan arranging and future pan developments in addition to evening visits to many panyard rehearsals. Excursions may include visits to rainforests, beautiful beaches, tropical reefs and bird sanctuaries. This is a fantastic opportunity for any student interested in visiting the birthplace of pan.

Academics

Courses

All students who join the program will be enrolled in one MU course for a total of 3 credits.

MUSIC 1029: Music Travel Course (3) will take place during the January intercession and will consist of a two-week trip to Trinidad and Tobago. During this time, intensive study of the Trinidad/Tobago culture and music will occur through classes and excursions. Particular attention will focus on steel pan music, including history and arranging classes, evening rehearsal observations and field trips to local pan manufacturers. No prerequisite is necessary.

Academic Credit

All students will be enrolled in an actual MU course. All students are guaranteed to receive MU credit for the successfully completed course; however, students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how courses might fulfill degree requirements.

MU Students: Grades will calculate into students' MU GPAs and appear on students' MU transcripts when grades are recorded by the Faculty Program Director. Students must work with their academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.

Non-MU/Visiting Students: Transcripts will be issued from MU and can be mailed to students' home universities. Students must work with their home universities to determine how credit from the program will transfer. The MU International Center will issue ONE transcript per student to one domestic address, as indicated on the student's Non-MU Student Application for Study Abroad. Additional MU transcripts for study abroad must be requested and purchased from the MU Registrar.

Location

Host Program

The MU International Center and the School of Music sponsor this Winter Break faculty-led study abroad program in conjunction with the University of West Indies

Accommodations & Meals

Students will stay at the Inn at 87 located on the outskirts of the beautiful Port of Spain. The Inn at 87 provides shared rooms with private baths. Most breakfasts and some dinners are included in the program cost -- students will be responsible for all other meals on their own.

Host City & Surrounding Areas

While it may have the same tall, modern buildings, flashing lights and crowded streets as most cosmopolitan capitals, Port of Spain is still a quintessential Caribbean town rich in welcoming culture, rhythmic music and beautiful ocean views. Visitors will find no shortage of things to do during their stay, whether it be a stroll through the Royal Botanical Gardens, enjoying the sun while relaxing in Queen's Park, diving into the blue waters of the Caribbean or taking in a performance at the National Academy for the Performing Arts. Port of Spain, while serving as Trinidad's economic and political center, offers visitors both ocean and mountain views, as well as the sights, sounds and tastes of a truly international city. A visit to the panyards is an absolute must according to travel experts! You should also make time to wander the many shops, Spanish warehouses and outdoor vendors around Brian Lara Promenade/Independence Square and Frederick Street.

Tentative Itinerary

  • January 7: Arrive in Trinidad
  • January 8: Orientation, tour University of the West Indies
  • January 9: Class, Panyard visit
  • January 10: Asa Wright Nature Center or Tropical Bird Sanctuary
  • January 11: Class, Panyard visit
  • January 12: Tobago trip -- Island tour, Nylon pool, Buccoo reef, Catamaran trip
  • January 13: National Steel Symphony Orchestra, National Academy for the Performing Arts, National Museum
  • January 14: Class, visit Phi Pan location, Gill's Pan Shop & Factory
  • January 15: Practice, Maracas Beach
  • January 16: Class
  • January 17: Class
  • January 18: Practice, shopping, farewell dinner, finale concert
  • January 19: End of program

Faculty Program Director

Julia Gaines

University of Missouri faculty member, Dr. Julia Gaines, MU School of Music, will accompany the students to Trindad.

Faculty-led programs enrich the study abroad experience as well as the MU campus by providing students opportunities to study other cultures and disciplines in depth while gaining new perspectives on our own society. Faculty leaders serve as mentors, role-models and resources as students explore their host institution and country.

Julia Gaines

Dr. Julia Gaines joined the faculty of the School of Music at the University of Missouri in 1996 and is currently the Associate Professor of Percussion. She conducts the University Percussion Ensemble, the World Percussion Ensemble (which includes MU Steel), coaches the Graduate Percussion Ensemble, and teaches two semesters of the percussion techniques class required for music education majors and applied percussion lessons for approximately 16-18 music majors.  She is also the faculty adviser to the MU Percussion Society, a student organization that promotes percussion performance and education on the MU campus and throughout the mid-Missouri region.

Dr. Gaines received her DMA degree from the University of Oklahoma, her master's degree as well as a performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and her bachelor's degree from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin.  She has been a member of the Percussive Arts Society for over twenty years and recently completed a two-year term as Secretary of the Executive Committee of this international organization.  After serving in this capacity, she was hired as associate editor of Percussive Notes, the official publication of PAS, overseeing twenty writers that review new percussion literature and audio/visual material for each of the six annual issues.  She has performed in Europe, South America and all over the United States and is currently working on research regarding the objective grading of four-mallet marimba literature.  Dr. Gaines serves on the Pro-Mark Education Advisory Board and is a member of MENC, MMEA, MTNA, and Pi Kappa Lambda in addition to being a Wakonse Alumni Fellow.

Costs

Program Budget

Additional Expenses

In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.

Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.

Financial Aid Information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.

Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Program End
Winter Break 2013 09/23/2013 10/14/2013
Winter Break 2014 09/24/2014 10/08/2014

Application

We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

  1. Meet with the MU International Center study abroad adviser for your program or country of interest.
  2. If you are an MU Student, start an application in using the button below. Non-MU students should visit our page for Non-MU participants for more information about the application process. Please note:
    • Once you have started an application, you can login again using the myStudyAbroad button above.
    • By starting an application you will incur a $50 application fee, even if you do not complete your application.
  3. Complete your application. There will be several documents that need to be completed for the application. While specific requirements vary by program, a typical application consists of the following:
    • Material submissions - Printable forms which require the physical submission of materials.
    • Signature Documents - Items you may digitally sign (if you are over 18 years of age) to indicate your agreement and understanding.
    • Recommendation Forms - Recommendations may be submitted electronically by MU faculty and staff.
    • Application Questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically online.
      • Application Certification/FERPA waiver
      • Essay
      • International Center Scholarship Application
      • Recommendation FERPA waiver

Note: If you do not have an MU PawPrint, please review our instructions for Non-MU (visiting) students.

Ready to get started? Start the MU application (incurs non-refundable $50 application fee)

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