1st Edition

Music Education in Africa Concept, Process, and Practice

By Emily Achieng’ Akuno Copyright 2019
    350 Pages
    by Routledge

    350 Pages 93 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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




    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.