INDIGENEOUS LEARNING TECHNIQUES OF AGBALANI MUSIC OF OKPANAM IN DELTA STATE, NIGERIA

AUTHOR: OKPARARUEKWE, PEACE IFEOMA

DEPARTMENT: MUSIC

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

Agbalani music is one of the ancient dance-music types of Okpanam people in Delta State of Nigeria. It is performed for social gatherings; it involves singing and movement of the body (dance). The aims and objective of the study were to find out its learning styles and the extent to which those styles could be applied to Nigerian school music teaching – learning. The subjects of the study were 30 members of Agbalani music, made up of 8 organisers, 7 instrumentalists, and 15 female dancers. Data were collected from the group through two methods: observation/ participant-observation and interviews. The researcher observed the learning styles, the method of teaching the dance and those methods were documented including the song text and notation. Suggestions were made in using those methods in school music teaching. Findings confirm that strict observation and active participation are the major indigenous learning techniques of Agbalani music.

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