Department of Music






S/N    COURSE NO                            COURSE TITLE                                                                CREDIT HOURS

  1. 0100                       Music as art and science                                                    2
  2. 0110                       Rudiments of Music                                                           2
  3. 0112                       Musicianship Studies I                                                       2
  4. 0130                       African Music Studies 1                                                     2
  5. 0142                       Individual Performance Studies I [IPS 1]                       2


  1. GS 101                              Use of English I                                                                    1
  2. GS 103                               Philosophy and Logic                                                         2
  3. GS 107                               Nigerian Peoples and Culture                                            2
  4. GS 108                               Basic Studies in Igbo I                                                        1

16 Credit




S/N    COURSE NO                            COURSE TITLE                                      CREDIT HOURS

  1. 0111                       Tonal Harmony I                                                                   2
  2. 0113                       Musicianship Studies II                                                      2
  3. 0131                       African Music Studies II                                                     2
  4. 0142                       Individual Performance Studies I [IPS 11]                     2


  1. GS 102                 Use of English II                                                                               1
  2. GS 104                   History and Philosophy of Science                                              2
  3. GS 109                   Basic Studies in Igbo II                                                                  2

13 credits





S/N    COURSE NO                            COURSE TITLE                                                               CREDIT HOURS

  1. 0210            Tonal Harmony II                                                                         2
  2. 0212            Musicianship Studies III                                                               2
  3. 0230            African Music Studies III                                                             2
  4. 0242            Individual Performance studies III                                             2
  5. 0244            Ensemble Studies I                                                                         2


  1. CSC 101                       Computer Programming I                                                      2

 12 credits



S/N    COURSE NO                            COURSE TITLE                                                                CREDIT HOURS

  1. 0211            Tonal Harmony III                                                                        2
  2. 0213            Musicianship Studies IV                                                               2
  3. 0221           Music History: Antiquity – 1400                                                  2
  4. 0231            African Music Studies IV                                                              2
  5. 0243            Individual Performance Studies  IV                                           2
  6. 0245         Ensemble Studies II                                                                        2


  1. CSC 102                       Computer Programming II                                                    2                                                                                                                                                                                                            12 credits




S/N    COURSE NO                            COURSE TITLE                                                                CREDIT HOURS

  1. 0310                        Tonal Counterpoint and Further Harmony I                 2
  2. 0314                       Musicianship Studies V                                                      2
  3. 0320                       Music History: Renaissance (1400 -1600)                     2
  4. 0330                       African Music Studies V                                                    2
  5. 0340                       Keyboard Studies I                                                             2
  6. 0342                       Individual Performance Studies  V                                                  2
  7. 0344                       Ensemble Studies V                                                            2

14 credits




S/N    COURSE NO                            COURSE TITLE                                                                CREDIT HOURS

  1. 0311                       Strict Counterpoint and Further Harmony II                 2
  2. 0315                       Musicianship Studies VI                                                    2
  3. 0321                       Music History: Baroque Period (1600-1750)                 2
  4. 0331                       African Music Studies VI                                                   2
  5. 0341                       Keyboard Studies II                                                            2
  6. 0343                       Individual Performance Studies  VI                                                2
  7. 0345                     Ensemble Studies IV                                                           2

14 credits





S/N    COURSE NO                            COURSE TITLE                                                                CREDIT HOURS

  1. 0400                 Orchestration                                                                        2
  2. 0420                               Music History: Classical Period (1750-1800)                                2
  3. 0430                 African Music Advanced Topics I                                   2
  4. 0440                 Keyboard Studies III                                                          2
  5. 0442                 Individual Performance Studies  VII                               2
  6. 0444                 Ensemble Studies V                                                            2

Borrowed Course

  1. 335                                Intellectual Property Law I                                                2

14 credits




S/N         COURSE NO                       COURSE TITLE                                                                CREDIT HOURS

  1. Mus. 0401      Music Technology                                                                          2
  2. Mus. 0421      Music History: The Romantic Age (1800-1900)                      2
  3. Mus. 0431      African Music Advanced Topics II                                            2
  4. Mus. 0441      Keyboard Studies IV                                                                     2
  5. Mus. 0443      Individual Performance Studies  VIII                                        2
  6. Mus. 0445     Ensemble Studies VI                                                                       2

Borrowed Course

  1. Law. 336     Intellectual Property Law II                                                          2

14 credits








S/N    COURSE NO                            COURSE TITLE                                                                CREDIT HOURS

1              Mus. 0500        Introduction to musical Acoustics                                                        2

2              Mus. 0510        Fugue

3              Mus. 0520             Music History: The Period of Impression (1800-1980)              2

4              Mus. 0540             Keyboard Studies V                                                                           2

5              Mus. 0544        Ensemble Studies VII                                                                              2

6              Mus. 0560             Choral Studies, Conducting & Perf. Mgt.                                       2

7              Mus. 0562               Research Methods and Procedures I                                            2

 12 credits



S/N    COURSE NO                            COURSE TITLE                                                                CREDIT HOURS

  1. 0501                               Music Technology II                                                          2
  2. 0532                               Music of other World Cultures                                          2
  3. 0541                 Keyboard Studies VI                                                          2
  4. 0545                 Ensemble Studies VIII                                                       2
  5. 0561                 Choral Studies, Conducting & Perf. Mgt                         2
  6. 0563                 Research Methods and Procedures II                             2

12 credits





S/N    COURSE NO                            COURSE TITLE                                                                CREDIT HOURS

  1. 0620        Modern Compositional Technique                                                            2
  2. 0662        Choral Studies, Conducting & Perf. Mgt.                                                  2
  3. Mus. 0666       School Music Methods I                                                                              2
  4. Mus. 0650       Stress Area Studies I                                                                                     2

8 credits




S/N    COURSE NO                            COURSE TITLE                                                                CREDIT HOURS

  • 0663                                Choral Studies, Conducting & Perf. Mgt. IV                  2
  • 0667                                School Music Methods II                                                  2


3          Mus. 0651                                Stress Area Studies II (Thesis)                                           4

8 credits






Mus. 100:              Music as an Art and Science (2 Credits)

An inquiry into Music as a humanistic expression. The creative genius of man through the ages and in various races and cultures, employing the elementary tools of rhythm, melody, harmony and colour. A non specialized inquiry into scientific properties of musical sound (such as frequency and intensity) and their psychological counterparts (such as pitch and volume), and an elementary discussion of musical acoustics.


Mus. 101:              Introduction to Musical Acoustics (2 Credits)

The scientific properties of Musical sound and their psychological counterparts.  What music is and how it works, production of sound by various sources especially by musical instruments.  Classifying sound sources.  Sound from natural environment. Propagation of sound from source to listener, by direct transmission through the air and through electronic reinforcement of recording and reproduction. The speed of sound and simple experiments and demonstrations to illustrate it.  Reflection, refraction, diffraction.  Outdoor Music and the Doppler effect.  Criteria for room acoustics.


MUS 301: Music Technology I (2 Credits)

A study of the physical properties of musical instruments and introduction to care and maintenance of commonly used musical instruments. The art and science of constructing and building musical instruments.


Mus. 401:              Music Technology (2 Credits)

Exposition of students to modern music recording and production. This provides the students with the opportunity of learning how to use the computer for music making, recording and production.



Mus. 110:              Rudiments of Music (2 Credits)

The Musical fundamentals: Notation, accidentals, intervals.  Scale – Major, melodic minor, harmonic minor.  Key signatures – major and relative minors.  Circle of fifths.  Closed and open score.  Clefs – Treble, Alto, Tenor and Bass Clefs.  Metre and Rhythm.  Simple and Compound Time Signature.  Accent and Syncopation. Expression marks, Tempo marks, Italian names.


Mus. 111:              Tonal Harmony I (2 Credits)

Elementary diatonic materials. Triads in root position, first invasion (Tonic, Subdominant and Dominant) and in second inversion.  Cadences in major and minor keys. The harmonisation of a complete phrase.  Principles of part – writing.  Unessential melodic notes – unaccented notes (passing notes), auxiliary notes, appoggiaturas etc.


Mus. 210:              Tonal Harmony II (2 Credits)

Further diatonic materials.  The Cadential tonic six-four chord. The dominant seventh.  The other chords – the triad on the mediant and the leading – note triad. Chords of the seventh.  The chromatic scale.  Chromatic Harmony.


Mus. 211:              Tonal harmony III (2 Credits)

Modulations:  Writing modulating passages.  Further use of the unessential, Diminished and Augmented Triads. Secondary Sevenths.  Elliptical Resolutions and[ more Advanced Modulations.


Mus. 310:              Strict Counterpoint (2 Credits)

Strict counterpoint is divided into 5 species according to the number and arrangement of the notes of the accompanying melody running against the given subject, thus we have: 1st Species, Second Species, Third Species, Fourth Species, Fifth Species Counterpoint. This includes a detailed study of the characteristics of each of the species and exercises on the different species.


Mus. 311:              Tonal Counterpoint and Further Harmony (2 Credits)

Chromatic Harmony. Chromatic and Enharmonic Modulation.  Traditional theories regarding ninths, elevenths and thirteenths.  Counterpoint, illustrations from Bach’s Two-Part Inventions, or French Suite. Inversion. Two Types of inversion.  Invertible Counterpoint. Augmented Sixth Chords.


Mus. 312:              Orchestration

Definition of the Orchestra and Orchestration. Origin of the orchestra, Orchestration Techniques, classification of the instruments of the modern symphony orchestra, ranges of instruments of the orchestra. Transposing and non-transposing instruments and reading their scores. Scoring and arranging for various instruments of the orchestra and instrumental ensembles, small, medium, and large. Exercises include western as well as African instruments. Scoring and orchestrating African music tunes, utilizing melo-rhythmic, rhythmic and melody instruments from native culture. Analyzing selected art songs.





Mus. 314:              Musicianship Studies IV

Score Reading: Following a melody, studying selected examples, following two       staves. Studying examples, listening to examples with live scores, hearing different timbres. Sight reading open scores including Alto and Tenor Clefs. Exercises should involve both Western and African musical instruments.


Mus. 315:              Musicianship Studies V

Forms in Music: By means of sheet and recorded music, study a number of forms in western music – Binary, Ternary, Rondo and Sonata forms including Air and variations.  Analysis and synthesis of selections of forms.


Mus. 410:              Fugue (2 Credits)

Origin and development of the fugue. Main principles of fugue and analysis of simple selected examples.  The general principles of fugal construction.  The short fugue.  What constitutes good style in two – three – and four-part contrapuntal writing both vocal and instrumental.  The invertible counterpoint reconsidered. Review work on harmonic progression, “hidden” fifth and octave.

The study of the traditional aspects of fugue — the subject and counter – subject.  The “answer” in its simplest form, the writing of expositions.  The middle section — Methods of writing episodes.  The Stretto and Final section.  The Coda, Examples for complete analysis.


Mus. 411:              Modern Compositional Techniques:

Setting texts to melodies, scanning and writing music to given poems, completion of an instrumental piece of music with the opening bars given. The Fugue as a whole.  Studying selected examples in details.  The Vocal Fugue and its problems.  Studying of selected examples.  Composing some simple original music in fugal style.  Fugue for Piano or organ or native xylophone, ogenephone or metallophone, writing Fugues on vocal subjects in English and any local language of the country.  Analysis and syntheses of Counterpoint and Fugue.  Harmonising advanced Figured Bass examples.


Mus. 112:              Musicianship Studies I (2 Credits).

Basic music reading: Sol-fa Notation, Note pointing in sol-fa.  Matching Pitches.  Musical Notation. Staff and clefs including ledger lines.  Simple time signatures.  Notes and note values including the effect of dots.  Rhythmic and melodic dictation including the use of rests.


Mus. 113:              Musicianship Studies II (2 Credits).

Further sight-singing and musical dictation.  Developing ability to hear music accurately.  Relating what is heard to notated music — aural competence.  Intonation — hearing melodic and harmonic intervals.  Scales including major, harmonic and melodic minors.  Dictation of Compound Time patterns.  Scanning intervals e.g. Major and Minor seconds, etc.


Mus. 212:              Musicianship Studies III (2 Credits)

Rhythms of more difficulty, chromatic melodic and harmonic intervals.  Fusing, scanning, anticipation and visual recognition exercises.  Intonation — chords in close and extended positions.    Hearing and notating two part melodies.


Mus. 213:              Musicianship Studies IV (2 Credits)

Further aural recognition of chords including dominant seventh chords.  Further melodic dictation – homophonic styles.  Writing outer parts.  Hearing syncopations.  Notating African melodies by ear.  Hearing modulations, cadences and progressions.


Mus. 313:              Composition (2 Credits)

Two part writing using original tunes in African and classical idioms. Setting of indigenous and English texts to melodies and providing accompaniment (vocal or instrumental – traditional or western) for same. Writing and Arranging for young voices. Writing and arranging for four voices using own themes in the contemporary Nigerian Choral styles.






Mus. 121:              Music History: Antiquity to 1400 (2 Credits)

Emphasis is on medieval style and development.


Mus. 220:              Western Music History: The Renaissance Period (1400 – 1600)

(a) Broad perspective of the Western world’s achievements in music during the period 1400 – 1600.  Emphasis is on how knowledge of the cultural background of music enriches the musical experience of the listener.  Leading trends, works, forms, and figures of the period.  The nature of the renaissance, music in the early renaissance (1400 – 1450), and in the high renaissance (1450 – 1600).  The rise of regional Schools – Flemish, Roman, English, Spanish, Venetian and German.  Dominant forms, style and language: – The Church Modes, the Latin Mass, the German Chorale.  The rise of independent instrumental music.  Figures: Des Prez, Palestrina, Gabrieli, di Lasso, Byrd, Morley.


Mus. 221:              Music History: The Baroque Period (1600 – 1750)

Trends: The Baroque Spirit.  Early Baroque (1600 – 1685), the Late Baroque (1685 – 1850), the culmination of the Baroque.  Equal Temperament.  Forms/Works:  Dramatic vocal forms – Opera, Solo Monodies, Oratorio, Cantata, Prelude and Fugue, Suite, Keyboard Sonata, Concerto Grossso, Passion, Solo Sonata.  Figures: Monteverdi Scarlatti, Frescobaldi, Buxtehude, Kuhnau, Corelli, Vivaldi, J. S. Bach, Handel.


Mus. 320:              Western Music History: The Classical Period (1750 – 1800)

(a) Emergence of Classicism from Rococo, the classical temper, the invention of the modern hammer piano etc.  The Classical Symphony, Sonata, Chamber Music, Oratorio, Opera.  Contributors: C. P. E. Bach, Johann, Stamitz, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.  Their representative works.


Mus. 321:              Music History: The Romantic Age (1800 – 1900)                     (2 credits)

The Romantic Mind, the Climax of the Romantic Movement in Music (1850 – 1900), etc.  Forms, – the Lied (or song), the Romantic Piano Music, the Romantic Overture, the Romantic Symphony, the Romantic Concerto, the Symphonic poem, the Romantic Sonata, Oratorio, and Opera.  Contributors: Weber, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Berlioz, Liszt, Wagner, Verdi, Franck, Bizet, Brahms, Tchaikovsky.


Mus. 420:      History of Music: The Period of Impressionism (1880 – 1918)      (2 Credits)

The coming of Impressionism and Expressionism.  The Nature of Impressionism: Characteristics of the Music.  The Musical Impressionism – Debussy and Ravel.  Their Representative works. – Their styles, etc.  Post-Romanticism – Mahler, Wolf and Richard Strauss, Nationalism in Music.




Mus. 130:              African Music Studies I (2 Credits)

Types of instruments and their classification.  Organisation and regulation of communal music in Africa.  Performance techniques, roles and functions of instruments.


Mus. 131:              African Music Studies II (2 Credits)

External and internal influences on African music and its performance.  Traditional and modern copyright principles.  Roles and relationships of instruments in ensembles.  African music as applied, creative and performing art.


Mus. 230:              African Music Studies III (2 Credits)

Analytical perception of melodic and rhythmic patterns.  Ensemble structure, part relationships and developmental devices in African music.  Technical reproduction and writing of African melodies.  African music notation.




Mus. 231:              African Music Studies IV (2 Credits)

Melo-rhythmic and rhythmic patterns in African music.  Metric organisation, Scalic structure.  Historical, literary and aesthetics of the music of some Nigerian societies.  African music similarities, cross-currents and differences.  Music culture areas.  Distribution of instruments and performance techniques.


Mus. 330:            African Music Studies V (2 Credits)

African traditional harmonic concepts and practices, presentational form.  Factors of creativity, form and presentation, cadential techniques, aural analysis of traditional music types: trends in contemporary African music compositions – traditional, religious, classical and pop.


Mus. 331:              African Music Studies VI (2 Credits)

Ensemble part relationship: polyphony, homophony and unilineal structure.  Transcription and analysis of African music including problems involved: notation of African composition including popular music.


Mus. 332:              Music of Other World Cultures VII (2 Credits)

Music of the Afro-American People of the U. S. A – Jazz, Blues, Country and Western, Rock and Roll.  Music of the Arabic Peoples, the Chinese, Hebrews, Indians, Japanese, Caribbean, Indonesians.


Mus. 430:              African music Advanced Topics I (2 Credits)

Analysis of modern African composition.  Advanced aural analysis.  Study of views of modern scholars on selected topics in African music.


Mus. 431:              African Music Advanced Topics II (2 Credits)

Issues and trends in African music culled from scholarly publications.  Bibliographic materials and information on African music for investigative research projects.




Mus. 140:       Keyboard Studies 1 (2 Credits)

Instruction in basic Keyboard skills. Acquiring basic chord progressions on the keyboard.


Mus. 141:       Keyboard Studies 1 (2 Credits)

Drills on Chord Progression as facility for harmonization of simple melodies.


Mus. 240:              Keyboard Studies II (2 Credits)

Further chord drills and harmonisation of melodies.


Mus. 340:              Keyboard Studies IV (2 Credits)

Chord drills:  modulation and improvisation.  Voice – leading and accompanying on keyboard of popular religious, folk and other tunes.


Mus. 142:              Individual Performance Studies I (2 Credits)

Progressive individual lessons on primary instruments – keyboard and voice.  Not less than one hour of private practice each day is required of the student.  Emphasis is on hymns and chants as well as on western classical songs.


Mus. 143:              Individual Performance Studies II (2 Credits)

Progressive individual lessons on the chosen primary instrument (Mus. 142) continue.


Mus. 242:              Individual Performance Studies III (2 Credits)

Progression of Mus. 143.


Mus. 243:              Individual Performance Studies IV (2 Credits)

Advancement of Mus. 242.

Mus. 241:              Keyboard Studies IV:

Progression of Mus. 240

Mus. 341:              Keyboard Studies IV:

Progression of Mus. 340


Mus. 342: Individual Performance Studies V (2 Credits)

Progression of Mus. 243.


Mus. 343:              Individual Performance Studies VI (2 Credits)

Advancement of Mus. 342.


Mus. 442:              Individual Performance Studies VII (2 Credits)

Progression of Mus. 343.


Mus. 443:              Individual Performance Studies VIII (2 Credits)

Advancement of Mus. 442.


Mus. 144, 145, 244, 245, 344, 345, 444, 445 – Ensemble Studies (2 Credits each)

Supervised workshop studies:  Participation at rehearsals and presentations of selected Western and African musical items such as operatic or choral pieces, wind ensemble or symphony numbers, traditional orchestra, dance drama, folk musical, etc.  These productions are open to music students irrespective of year of study.  Emphasis is on attendance, cooperative participation and enterprise.




Mus. 450:              Stress Area Study I (Project) (2 Credits)

Basic conceptual issues in music are dealt with through tutorial and seminar approach.  Thus interests of students are identified and current knowledge areas worthy of investigation are determined.  These are from any one of the following areas: Music Composition, Ethnomusicology, Music Education and Music Performance.


Mus. 451:              Stress Area Studies II (Project) (4 Credits)

Continuation of Mus. 450 culminating in the identification of a research problem in the chosen area and the writing and completion of a thesis project.




MUS. 360:            Choral Studies and Conducting (2 Credits)

Basic knowledge for the beginner choral director: Importance of a good ear, good sense of rhythm, skill of sight singing and score reading.  Understanding

style and mood.  Fundamentals of singing.  Improving singing.  Elementary voice training.  The course has to be taken in two parts: theoretical in the form of seminar/tutorials and practical in the form of a rehearsed demonstration/project.


Mus. 361:              Choral Studies and Conducting II (2 Credits)

Further basic knowledge areas for the choir director — forming and constituting a choir.  Types of choirs, choir discipline and internal relationships.  Qualities of a good choir director.  Programming a concert.  Programme notes, the rehearsals — beginning and ending.  Selecting music.  The learning experiences should be theoretical as well as practical.


Mus. 362:              Research Methods and Procedures I (2 Credits)

Lectures in research problem selection, data collection techniques, analysis interpretation and presentation.  Concepts and examples are chosen from traditional music and music pedagogical issues.  Selecting problems for research, types of research design, stages in research design.  Research language: Measurement, Variable, Hypothesis, Operational Definition, Reliability, Validity, etc.   Types of research vis-à-vis methods of data collection.



Mus. 363:              Research Methods and Procedures II (2 Credits)

Further to the knowledge gained in Mus. 362 more grounds are covered on analysis of data.  Lectures will also focus on the importance and sources of literature review.  Detailed work should also be done on referencing and modern APA style, actual exercises are taken in the form of disciplined library research/seminar paper.


Mus.  462 and 463:             Choral Studies and Conducting III (2 Credits)

Further guidelines for Choral Conducting.  Beating time:  Simple time, Compound time, and Complex time.  Use of the hand versus the use of baton.  Musical interpretation.  Score reading exercises.  Choral literature to include sheet music of relatively high standard as well as brief history of selected famous conductors.


Mus. 466 and 467:              School Music Methods I (2 Credits)

Learning Principles and Teaching Procedures for music.  Experiences in music – rhythm and singing.  Teaching songs. Teaching listening.  Teaching movement and creativity.  The musical environment of the home and the School. Music Reading Readiness. Sequencing musical learning.  Psychological basis for musical learning.  The Kodaly method of music education.  The Orff Approach, the Carabo-cone methods.