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 field research. Both of those will lead me to adopting new directions for teaching the instrument-building course I started at Wabash College. Steeped in the process of building musical instruments, I have learned that constructing authentic and accomplished folk instruments involves complex set of inter-related skills and applications. Among the latter is a clear understanding of the symbiotic relationship that exists between scientific acoustics and musical instruments as well as the effective practical application of modern/advanced carpentry tools. 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 and applications. The tutorials would include those in learning about the physical concepts of sound waves or acoustics, for training in the practical use of modern carpentry tools, training in the artistic and technological designs of sculptural objects, and the process of developing of synthetic leather. The intended goals include expanding my thinking outside the traditional boundaries of my early ethnomusicology training, adopting new directions for the betterment of the course by directly applying the learned skills and applications to the folk instruments building course when working with my students and, later, with the East African global community at large.