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Music Education in Africa
Concept, Process, and Practice

ISBN 9780367192853
Published March 27, 2019 by Routledge
350 Pages 93 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the music of Africa and its experience in modern education, offering music education analyses from African perspectives. The collection assembles insights from around Africa to bring African and non-African scholars into the world of music, education, policy, and assessment as played out across the continent. The music of Africa presents multiple avenues for the understanding of the reality of life from a cultural perspective. The teaching and learning of this music closely follows its practice, the latter involving a combination of artistic expressions. With international interest in world music, there is need to engage with concepts and processes of this music. The volume offers new research from culture bearers, scholars, and educators rooted in practices that provide deeper perceptions of the cultural expression of music. With sections focussing on Concepts in Musical Arts, Musical Arts Processes, and Music Education Practice, it captures and documents the concept of musical arts from an African experiential perspective. Articulating the processes of musical arts and their implications for teaching and learning in both African and international learning contexts, it presents a balanced view of music as a phenomenon and generates material for discussion. A valuable resource for those seeking insight into aspects of music practice in Africa, this book will appeal to scholars of Music Education, Ethnomusicology, Community Music, African Studies, and African Music.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1

Music and Musicking: Continental Africa’s junctures in learning, teaching and research

By Jean N. Kidula

Chapter 2

‘Tear open and enjoy eating’: Juxtaposing and merging knowledge systems

By Anri Herbst, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Chapter 3

Sharing Concerns: A direction for African music education

Eric Debrah Otchere

Chapter 4

Pertinent Concepts for Advancing Indigenous Epistemological Integrity for African Musical Arts Education

Meki Nzewi

Chapter 5

Africanising Assessment: Developing generic cross-cultural assessment standards

Renee Human, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Chapter 6

Music Education in Egypt: Identity& Culture

By Nahla Mattar

Chapter 7

The School of Arts and the Music Scene of Senegal

Ibrahima WANE

Chapter 8 "In Class out of Place": The substance of secondary school music curriculum

Ernest Patrick Monte and Joyce M. Mochere

Chapter 9

Interrogating Cultural Relevance in the Musicianship Class

by Cleniece Owino and Emily Akuno

Chapter 10

Incorporating Indigenous Songs into the Elementary School system in Nigeria

By Olorunsogo, Ifeoluwa A. O.

Chapter 11

Narrative perspectives of non-melodic praxis as a pedagogical approach for music education of children and youth

By Julius Kyakuwa

Chapter 12

Africanising the Music Classroom through Choral and Instrumental Ensembles: The Kenya Music Festival and Nairobi Orchestra as Music Education Resources

Elizabeth Achieng’ Andang’o,


Chapter 13

Karimojong Indigenous Education and the effect of the Non-Formal Education Curriculum and Contemporary Forces of Change

Peter Ekadu-Ereu,

Chapter 14

Pedagogical Attributes of the Lozi Silimba from Zambia

Jessee Wanderi

Chapter 15

Systematic Instruction for Musical Arts Education: Towards skill development and cultural growth

Atinuke Adenike Idamoyibo and Emily Achieng’ Akuno

Chapter 16

Composing Art Music from Indigenous African Musical Paradigms

Christian Onyeji

Chapter 17

Examining African Children's Musical Arts Experiences as Learning Resources for children

Fred O. Atoh, Virginia N. Onyara, and Perminus Matiure,

Chapter 18

Children's Songs: Education beyond the playground.

Emily Achieng’ Akuno

Chapter 19

Africanising the Music Classroom through Technology: The case of Uganda

by Benon Kigozi



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Emily Achieng’ Akuno is a professor of music at the Technical University of Kenya, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) at the Co- operative University of Kenya.