PERPETUATING NIGERIAN CULTURES IN MUSICAL ARTS EDUCATION WITHIN THE THRESHOLD OF CURRENT GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT

AUTHOR: DAN C. C. AGU

FROM UNIZIK JOURNAL OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES VOL 13 NO. 2, 2012

PUBLISHED BY FACULTY OF ARTS

NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA    

In the past, articulation of traditional musical tlrts offered the Nigerian child opportunity for del1!0nstrating sense of belonging with his environment. Parti~’ipation in traditional music unveiled to him, key aspects of socio-cultural expression and hehavior that stimulated new levels of appreciation of his culture. The currellf trend in musical arts education has denied the child the great opportunity of acquiring basic local k71owledge, attaining social, cultural, religious and cosmic awareness, which the western music practices, could not offer him, Our inadequacies in playing or singing our indigenous music and inability to idel1tify the folk taxonomies of our traditional musical instrumel1ts are glaring, Research conducted in selected Primary Schools in Anambra State, Nigeria over a period of five years (2003 – 2008) has proved that the Nigerian child still has the capacity and ability to effectively pe/form the traditional music of his community with great enthusiasm and passion. This article suggests ways of reviving our musical roots by examining the society’s attitude towards traditional music, restructuring. the music curricula and retraining the music educators. It posits that only such appropriate measures could refocus and strengthen our musical arts delivery and put us on the right track towards making a bold statement in the current global setting.

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