History of the Department
The Department of Music was established in November 1992 as a Unit of the then Department of Arts. The Unit operated with two pioneer academic staff members in the persons of Dr. Dan C.C. Agu and Dr. Chukwuemeka Mbanugo. Later events transformed the Unit into a Sub-department and a Department. The National Universities Commission (NUC) accredited all the programmes of the Department in 2005.
Heads of Department
Dr. Dan C.C. Agu – 1994 – 1996
Dr. Chukwuemeka Mbanugo – 1996 – 2004
Dr. Dan. Dan C.C. Agu – 2004 – 2006
Dr. (Mrs) Young Sook Onyiuke – 2006 – 2009
Professor Dan C.C. Agu – 2009 – 2011
Professor Agatha I. Onwuekwe – 2011 – 2013
Dr. Nnamdi C. Onuora-Oguno – 2013 – 2015
Rev. Sis. Prof. Cordis Achikeh – 2015 till date
The Music Progromme’s Philosophy
Practical Courses in Music are, in this University, conceived as complimentary to the theoretical ones. Thus, competencies, understanding and skills are expected in the theoretical as well as in the practical aspects of the Music of Africa, Europe, America, Latin America, and other world cultures. Opportunities are provided for appreciation, analysis, practice and communication of music as a performing art and as a highly literacy art.
The last year of the programme introduces areas of professional specialization in Music Education, Music composition, Ethnomusicology, and Music performance. The election for any of the options is based on skills and aptitudes acquired in earlier years.
Entry into the B.A. degree in Music at the University is via two modes UTME and Direct. UTME admission is based on the University’s minimum entry requirement. No additional requirements are needed for music.
Holders of NCE or OND in Music are admitted through direct entry. They join the programme in year two.
Objectives of the Programme
The degree programme in Music at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka has the following primary objectives:
- To provide students with adequate knowledge, skills and understanding of Music and related functional disciplines.
- To prepare students as professional Music teachers for the country’s educational system.
- To produce high caliber music graduates who can pursue further studies in Music.
- To prepare students for varied music positions in private and public agencies of our present era of high technology and computerization. Such agencies include the Advertising Agency, the Radio and Television Houses, the Recording Houses, the Media Houses Cinema, Film, Archives and Cultural Divisions, Police, Army and Air Force Bands, Mosques and Churches.