Akosua O Addo PhD

Associate Professor: Music Education

Dr. Akosua Obuo Addo's research interests include international education, collaborative and comparative research on music play. Associate Professor Addo teaches elementary music methods to both non-music and music majors, and supervises student teachers. In the graduate program, Dr. Addo teaches qualitative research in arts education, research and scholarly issues, world music in the classroom, and supervises thesis writing.

Prior to her University of Minnesota appointment Dr. Addo was assistant professor of music education at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; Visiting Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Roehampton Institute, London, and administrator for the Centre for Intercultural Music Arts, City University, London, England.

Educational Background & Specialties


  • play
  • international teacher education
  • elementary music methods
  • international music education
  • world music
  • Arts Integration
  • African Music
Courses Taught
  • MuEd 3301 - Teaching Elementary Vocal and General Music
  • MuEd 5350 - Student Teaching in Classroom Music
  • MuEd 5011 - Music in the Elementary Classroom Curriculum
  • MUED 8118 Qualitative Research in Arts Education
  • MUED8284 Research and Scholarly Issues
  • MUED 5621: African Performing Arts in Education.
  • MUED 8119 Qualitative Data Analysis in Arts Education
  • MUED8280 Critical Pedagogy & International Education
  • FOST3040 or FOST3060: Music and Culture of Ghana
  • FOST 3060: The Arts Culture of Jamaica.
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Resource Team: International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE)– World Music- Africa , September 2000 - September 2004
  • Reviewer: flagship journal of the International Society for Music Education , 1997
  • Research Advisory Review Panel, American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA).: Reviewer for the Orff Echo, AOSA's refereed and flagship journal , 2003 - 2006
  • Member, American Educational Research Association (AERA):
  • Member, American Orff Schulwerk Association (AOSA):
  • Member, International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE):
  • Member, International Society for Music Education (ISME):
  • Music Educators National Conference (MENC):
  • Reviewer: Jazz Educators Journal of International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) , September 2000 - September 2004
  • Member of the editorial board of the professional journal of the Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education (PASMAE): Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa , July 2003 - July 2005
  • Composers Suitcase Curriculum: Consultant for interdisciplinary arts curriculum developed by Krystal Banfield for early elementary schools in California. Funded by California Arts Council and American Composers Forum, MN. , August 2002
  • Witness Curriculum: Consultant for young people’s concerts curriculum and workshops celebrating the arts of African-Americans. Funded by Vocal Essence, Minneapolis, MN. , August 2002-


  • Changing Paths of Children's Musical Play: A co-authored book with Kathy Marsh (Sydney Conservatorium, University of Sydney, Australia) mapping cross-cultural changes in the musical play practices of children in school playgrounds, January 2003 - December 2005
  • Langston Hughes Project: Curriculum and Website Initiative: A couthored multimedia educational initiative with John Wright, African American & African Studies Department. Funded by CLA Information Technology Fund for Instructional Improvement, September 2003 - September 2004
  • African Arts Expressions and Cultural Knowledge Construction: A study designed to describe and evaluate the impact of an interdisciplinary arts collaboration on the knowledge construction of university students. Funded by CLArts, Scholarly Events, January 2003 - May, 2003


  • Member of Ordway Center Education Advisors: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, MN, 2002-on going
  • Journal of Musical Arts in Africa. International refereed journal: Member of the Editorial Board, 2005 - on going
  • International Play Association (IPA-USA). : Member of the board, 2008 - on going


  • LEIGH-MORRIS CHORALE member: Celebrating Harambe: Black History Month, Central Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, MN, February 22, 2003
  • Guest dancer: GRUPO CLAVE: Tzipendani, traditional West African piece, Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis, MN, December 13, 2002
  • The Sounds of African Music: Coordinated an artist in residence workshop and performance with Dr. Paschal Younge, Director of the World Music Center, West Virginia University, Morgantown, VA., April 14, 2003 - April 19, 2003
  • Chorus member, Sandstrí¶m's High Mass: VOCAL ESSENCE, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN, May 3, 2003
  • Chorus member, Honegger's King David: VOCAL ESSENC, Tedd Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis, MN, September 7, 2003
  • Chorus member, Welcome Christmas: VOCAL ESSENCE, Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, MN & Normandale Lutheran Church, Edina, MN, December 7
  • Chorus member, witness concert with David Lee Brewer (tenor): VOCAL ESSENCE, Tedd Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis, MN, March 8, 2003
  • Music Teacher Education: Assessing a Community Outreach Partnership: Addo, Akosua, Teaching Education. August, 14(2) 201-211, 2003.
  • Feeling Gahu. Addo, Akosua, Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA) News, 2000.
  • Socio-cultural Power and Music Knowledge Construction: Addo, Akosua, University of Oklahoma Norman, On the Sociology of Music Education II, 75-90, 1999.
  • Melody, Language and the Development of Singing in the Curriculum: Addo, Akosua, British Journal of Music Education, 15(2) 139-148, 1998.
  • Children's Idiomatic Expressions of Music Cultural Knowledge: Addo, Akosua, International Journal of Music Education, 30 15-25, 1997.
  • Intergenerational Dialogues and its Role in Creating Cultural Diversity in Music Education. Addo, Akosua, Report of the International Music Council of UNESCO Congress in Aarhus, Denmark, July 1998, Danish Music Council: 112-128, 1999.
  • Integrating the Arts in Africa: Addo, Akosua, Potgieter, H. & Miya, F., Musical Arts in Africa: Theory, Practice and Education, 2003.
  • A Multimedia Analysis of Selected Ghanaian Children's Play Songs: Addo, Akosua, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 129 1-23, 1996.
  • Using African Children's Literature in Elementary General Music Classes. Addo, Akosua, General Music Today. Winter, 2003.
  • What’s in a Singing Game? Exploring Children’s Oral Literature: Addo, Akosua, Information Age Publishing, African traditional and Oral literature as Pedagogical Tools in Content Area Classrooms: Pre-K - 12, 21-41, 2013.
  • World Music. : Addo, Akosua, ABC-CLIO, Incorporated. Oxford University Press, Music in American Life: An Encyclopedia of the Songs, Styles, Stars, and Stories that Shaped our Culture., 2013.
  • African education through the arts. Addo, Akosua, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Author, 2012.
  • A Cross-Institutional Ethnographic Project: Mapping Play in Intercultural Communities. Addo, Akosua, Castle, Eric E. , Author, 2015. Link
  • Amango: Movement in the Context of the Ghanaian Singing Game. Addo, Akosua, Author, 2014.
  • Children’s Oral Culture in Print and on Stage. Addo, Akosua, 2011, Author. Link
  • Toward Internationalizing general music teacher education in a US context. Addo, Akosua, Author. Link
  • Social work practice within state social provision in Ghana. Addo, Akosua, Korang-Okrah, R., Boateng, A, Naami A, Ashgate Publishing Co. , Author, 2016.
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to Jazz Education, International Association of Jazz Education, 2002
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Music Educators National Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, 1998
  • Outstanding commitment to International Education. Office of International Programs, 2006 - 2007
  • Faculty Recognition for Education abroad, Learning Abroad Center , 2008 - 2008