As a classroom teacher, an instrumental music performer, and an ethnomusicologist with a disciplinary focus on organology, the GLCA New Directions Initiative grant will provide me with funding to pay for the tutorials and ethnographic fieldwork. Both of those will lead me to adopting new directions for learning new skills and applications for building folk instruments. Steeped in the process of building musical instruments, I have learned that constructing authentic and accomplished folk instruments involves a complex set of inter-related skills and applications. Among the latter is a clear understanding of the symbiotic relationship that exists between acoustics and musical instruments as well as the effective practical application of modern/advanced carpentry tools in building instruments. But several of these are completely outside the traditional boundaries of my ethnomusicology discipline and earlier training. This proposal seeks funding that will enable me to pay for tutorials for learning and developing the said new skills as well as applications. The tutorials would include those in learning about the physical concepts of acoustics, for training in the practical use of modern carpentry tools, and training in the artistic and technological designs of sculptural objects. The intended goals include expanding my thinking outside the traditional boundaries of my ethnomusicology training, adopting new directions for the development of skills and applications I need for efficiency in the building of folk instruments and apply the learned skills and applications to the pedagogical approaches in my future instrument building classes and, later, with the East African global community.