Schools and Residencies


Yamoussa has been teaching the music, dance and the culture of Guinea to children and adults at schools, colleges, universities and community groups throughout the United States since 1992.

Yamoussa teaches for special contracts for the Breashear Association after school programming and for ACH Clear Pathways.

For more information, email Yamoussa or call 412-403-7502.

Sample: Residency Goals, Activity Format, Curriculum Extensions


Students will learn about the people and culture of Guinea by participating in any combination of the following:



Singing in an African language

Exposure to different languages–Susu, Malinke and Fulani

Jewelry, costume and mask making

All of these topics will be presented in a cultural context so that the participants will gain an understanding of how the arts relate to the lifestyles and beliefs of the people.

Activity Format

Age appropriate residencies are available for K-12, college students, and adults.

The activities listed above can be focused on a small group of students for an extended period giving the students a complete picture of how the various art forms are inter-related.  Or the activities can be split among several groups, who then come together and share their experiences.

Teachers are expected to participate and learn everything the students learn. At the end of the residency, teachers can pull the material together in a presentation or performance for the entire school, parents, and/or the community.

Curriculum connections and extensions (in a school setting)

Geography – Show that Africa is a huge continent with many countries. Where is Guinea? What is it like?

History – When did Guinea win its independence?

Music – Make the correlation between the African rhythms and current musical styles such as hip-hop.

Physical Education – Make the correlation between dancing and physical fitness.

Art – Make jewelry, costumes and/or masks as an art project. Discuss their cultural significance.

Example Residency

In two weeks, children drumming will be able to play 5 rhythms, dancers will learn 5 dances. They will learn 3 songs in three languages, and understand the significance of each. They will be able to greet each other in all three languages, and find Guinea on the map.

Classes, workshops and residencies can include drumming, dancing, singing in African languages (Susu, Malinke, Fulani) and jewelry, costume and mask making. Everything is presented in a cultural context and is age-appropriate.