1969 – 72: University of Ghana BA degree in sociology/archaeology.
1989 – 94: Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology. State University of New York at Buffalo. Thesis: The Ghanaian Concert Party: African Popular Entertainment at the Cross Roads Published by University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, Michigan 1995 (pub. No. 95-09102)
1995: Joined Staff as lecturer of the Music Dept , University of Ghana at Legon
2000: Associate Professor, University of Ghana, Legon.
2002: Full Profesor. University of Ghana, Legon.
2003-5: Head of the Music Department , Univ of Ghana.
2005: On retirement but as a Senior Lecturer and Full Prof on post-retirement contract with the University.
2009: Became the Chief Editor of the School of Performing Arts Journal.
COURSES AVAILABLE FROM PROF. JOHN COLLINS AUGUST – DECEMBER SEMESTER 2005
- GRADUATE COURSE MUSC 675: SOCIOLOGY OF MUSIC AND I
A critical examination of the field generally looking at music anthropology, sociology and social history, The origins of music, music in pre-history, in pre-industrial societies (including traditional Africa) and a social history of western music A comparison of Western music (particularly art music) and traditional African music and musical life, as illustrated in the interrelationships between musical forms, musical practices, musical/artistic symbols, social institutions and world-views.
- GRADUATE COURSE MUSC 673: AFRICAN POPULAR MUSIC I
Sub-Saharan African stylistic areas and theoretical models. Particular emphasis on relation of African popular music to traditional performance, colonization, nationalism, urbanization, migration, class stratification, generation and gender identities.
- UNDERGRAD COURSE MUSC/SPAM 455: PROCESS OF ART
A one-semester work experience course for Ghanaian students to develop an independent self-motivated orientation and to develop skills in planning, management, documentation and presentation of results. Furthermore students are encouraged to explore and create new job opportunities for themselves through a process of monitored contextual inquiry. No exam, but a detailed end of semester research paper is required to obtain grades. A small grant is available for transport and documentation purposes
- FOREIGN UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
As there is no BA degree in the first semester on African popular music, it is possible for foreign students to take the MUSC 673 African Popular Music I course for an undergraduate BA degree. In this case, the foreign student should sign up to the PROCESS OF ART 455 course but attend the graduate MUSC 673 lectures. Credits are given for term work and a special exam credited under PROCESS OF ART 455
PROF. JOHN COLLINS COURSES AVAILABLE FROM 2007 TO DATE
- GRADUATE COURSE. MUSC 678: SOCIOLOGY OF MUSIC II
A course that includes music anthropology, social symbolism and history, The origins of music, music in pre-history, in pre-industrial societies (including traditional Africa) and a social history of western music. The interrelationships between musical forms and practices and the broader institutional arena within specific socio-cultural epochs. And also, differing musical worldviews in differing or changing social contexts.
- GRADUATE COURSE. MUSC 676: AFRICAN POPULAR MUSIC II
Written research project for the students who took the first semester course.
- UNDERGRAD COURSE. MUSC/SPAM 326 PROCESS OF ART
A one-semester work-experience course for Ghanaian students to develop an independent self-motivated orientation and to develop skills in planning, management, documentation and presentation of results. Furthermore students are encouraged to explore and create new job opportunities for themselves through a process of monitored contextual inquiry. Research focus includes artists, genres, media-houses, recording studios, music unions and other performance bodies. No exam, but a detailed end of semester paper is required to obtain grades. Maximum number of students x 30
- UNDERGRAD. MUSC/SPAM 316: AFRICAN POP MUSIC I
General introduction to the popular music of sub-Saharan Africa - Ghana and Anglophone West in particular. Origins of African popular music. Stylistic areas. Relation of popular music to traditional performance, the Black Americas, local identity and modernisation. Focus on Ghana and Anglophone West Africa (suitable for foreign students)
- UNDERGRAD. MUSC 416: MUSICAL TRADITIONS OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA (also suitable for foreign students)
African traditional music and its retentions and re-interpretations in the Americas. African-American popular and religious cult music from historical, cultural and stylistic perspectives – with a special emphasis on the Caribbean. The impact of various Black Diasporic popular performance styles on African popular and neo-traditional music since the 19th century.
- UNDERGRAD. COURSE: GHANAIAN POPULAR MUSIC
In 2009, a new undergraduate, level 300 (third year) course was added to John Collins’ syllabus entited “Ghanaian Popular Music”.