Grenada and Carriacou: Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project – CLOSED

St. George, Grenada

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  • Summer 1 Semester - May 4- June 9, 2014 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty Leader: Prof. Leonard Brown (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Information Sessions WITH PIZZA and DRINKS:

Thursday, January 23rd, 6:00 p.m.  West Village F Room 114

For information, contact: Leonard Brown ( or Drew Wilcox (

Term: Summer I

This program will begin in Boston on the Northeastern campus.  Students will be provided on-campus accommodations (typically a freshmen residence hall) between May 4, 2014 and May 10th.  Students will depart for Grenada on May 10th for the remainder of the program.  Please note that meals are not included and students will not have access to kitchens.  Students may opt to use on-campus dining facilities during this time, but the cost will be the student's responsibility. Please note dates are subject to change.


  • AFAM 4939: Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project
  • AFAM 4710: Field & Lab Methods for Researching Black Music


The Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project, an initiative of the Department of African American Studies, is a four to five week faculty-led program offering students the opportunity to experience and study Afro-Caribbean Music and Culture in the Caribbean. The site for the Summer 2014 will be the island nation of Grenada including the sister site of Carriacou. Past research excursions have been to St. Croix, USVI (2009), Trinidad (2010), Tobago (2011) and Grenada (2012).  Students will learn and apply appropriate field research principles and practices in conducting ethnomusicological fieldwork. Students will focus attention towards the African retentions within traditional music forms as well as contemporary and current musical traditions. Students will have sessions on the history and legacy of music and dance in Carriacou and Grenada, the importance of linguistics in understanding messages within the music studied as well as the impact of trans-Atlantic slavery on the musical idioms and genres that derive from the Caribbean. The experience will include lecturers by leading scholars, musicians and experts from the Caribbean. Students will also have "dialogues" with area musicians, professionals and inhabitants of Carriacou and Grenada. Tours of historic sites, museums and important musical venues will be scheduled throughout the trip.  Summer 2014 will be exciting, as the research trip will include both Carriacou and Grenada. Carriacou is the home of some of the most unique manifestations of Africanisms in the Caribbean, specifically the Big Drum and the Maroon String Bands.  It is the goal of ACMRP to offer students a glimpse of Carriacou and Grenada through a well crafted, safe and intense immersion experience.  We will live amongst, talk, eat with and share space with the communities of and Grenada as we not only learn about the inhabitants but also share of our own lives and experiences.  The culmination of our research excursion will be a presentation of group projects to a community of scholars, local inhabitants and new friends.  At the end of the program students will compile their oral histories, video recordings and other accumulated field research, leaving a complete set of the recordings at a major research repository in Grenada as well as depositing a complete set in the Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project Collection in the Snell Library.


  • AFAM 4939: Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project
  • AFAM 4710: Field & Lab Methods for Researching Black Music

Host University

The Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project is not connected to any specific host institution. Instead, it is designed to provide students with real life experiences with recognized culture and tradition bearers in the communities where they live and function.  There will be times in Grenada when students will have access to the facilities and support services at St. George’s University.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
    • 2 completed terms at NU
  •  In addition, we are seeking students with a genuine interest in learning about our commonalities as human beings through exposure to and the study of the music traditions of Afro-Caribbean cultures. This will be accomplished through using ethnomusicological principles and practices, also known as the study of music in culture.
  • We are open to students from a variety of majors, including African American Studies, African Studies, Music, Latina/o and Latin American Studies, Communications Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, History, International Affairs, English, Literature, Languages and Cultures, Business, Engineering, Bouve and Computer Science.
  •  Students should be in good physical condition and be able to walk distances and up and down hills.  They should also have good listening and observation skills.  They should feel comfortable working in groups.

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10, 195

DOC Fee: $2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for the program duration, International SOS assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


In Carriacou, we will be housed at Ade’s Dream in Hillsborough. We anticipate two students per room, with each room having Wi-Fi, two twin beds, bath, sitting area, fan, small stove and refrigerator.

In Grenada, we will be housed at Wavecrest Apartments in St. George.  We anticipate two students per room, with each room having Wifi, two twin beds, bath, sitting area, fan, small stove, refrigerator and air conditioning.

Students will have access to kitchens in living facilities in both Carriacou and Grenada.



Rich in tradition, Carriacou actively sustains customs passed through generations of its African and European ancestors. Our experiences will witness kaiso/calypso traditions, the internationally renowned 'Big Drum Nation Dance', Village Maroons and the 'Shakespeare Mas' among other celebrations.   Warm, welcoming and willing to please, the people of Carriacou are the keepers of ancient traditions, historic folklore and spiritual beliefs rooted in African, European and indigenously Grenadian legends.


Grenada's culture is all embracing enthusiasm. Spice Culture is expressed through music in all its variety; pageantry and poetry; dance and theatre; sport and recreation; and the natural penchant of Grenadians for welcoming, socializing, cooking and celebrating.  Grenada is the 'Spice Isle' of the Caribbean; a geographical gem where visitors can feel history in centuries old forts; touch the floor of the rain forest and swim among coral reefs. This is the land of spices, exotic flowers and rare fruits.