Research Papers/Topics in Music Education

The Transition of the Music Industry and its Effect on the Economy

Abstract Recent technological advancements have completely changed the entire world, and the music industry is no exception. The advancement caused not only the transition to occur in the music industry from CDs and records to online streaming services, but also dropped the production cost of music. People were able to create music at a cheaper cost which was supposed to democratize and introduce more competition to the market. However, this did not happen. Rather, the industry became more mo...

Ethnographic Film and the Teaching of African Music: A Technological Approach of Representing Past Musical Hegemonies

Abstract Teaching African music in schools has not yet received adequate attention from curriculum planners in respect of the involvement of ethnographic film as a pedagogy of teaching music. Film as an aid to teaching and learning attempts to present a learning atmosphere in which music is learned in its performative and contextual state. Students are afforded an opportunity to experience music as it is used by the society to solve cosmological problems. In this article the writer attem...

The Decline of Mbira Performances in Families. A Case Study of Mhuri yekwa Gumira of Zihute Kraal in Murehwa

ABSTRACTThis research is a case study which was conducted in Zihute Kraal in Murehwa district. The study focuses on the decline of mbira performances in families concentrating mainly on Mhuri yekwa Gumira Mbira Performers who were great mbira players around the 1960s and released a single entitled Wanyanya. The study investigated the factors that contributed to the decline of mbira playing amongst the group members.In order to gather essential data on what caused once vibrant mbira groups to ...

A Study Of Karanga Bride Welcoming Ceremony Songs

ABSTRACTThe purpose of this research was to study some of the Karanga Bride Welcoming Ceremony Songs which are performed in Chimombe Village. This was mainly motivated by the need to find out the effects of the songs on the Shona traditional women in general and Karanga traditional women in particular. There was also need to establish reasons why songs are used to transmit traditional cultural conceptions. The research question that guided the research was: “What are the main themes contain...

A Collection, Transcription And Analysis Of The Traditional Jakwara Songs Of The Karanga People In Dorset Area Of Somabhula.

ABSTRACTThe purpose of this study was to make a collection, transcription and analysis of the traditional Jakwara songs of the Karanga people in Dorset area of Somabhula.The research was made up of ten respondents. The snowball sampling technique was used in which the adult community members and village heads participated this research. A total of ten respondents constituted the sample of this research. Ethnography was the research design used to effectively collect data in this research. Qua...

Sarcasm and Music in Shona Jakwara Institution

AbstractThe paper explores the interplay of sarcasm threshing and music during threshing of finger millet. In this paper the combination of work rhythm and sarcasm during jakwara is regarded as a tripartite system in which the social commentary phenomenon is enacted. 

Diffusionism and its Effect on Traditional Music (A case Study of Contemporary Traditional Music By Victor Kunonga)

AbstractAs the world is fast becoming a global village due to technological advancement musical element among other things have ceased to solely belong to their cultural proponent different musical culture are merging in a process of diffusionism thereby forming rainbow musical cultures.

The Challenges Of Teaching Traditional Dance In Four Gweru Urban Former Group ‘A’ Primary Schools.

ABSTRACTThe study focuses on the challenges teachers are facing in the teaching of traditional dance in primary schools. The study focused on four former group ‘A’ schools of Gweru urban. The study showed that schools have challenges in the teaching of traditional dance. The challenges ranged from lack of resources, lack of qualified personnel, lack of funding, lack of workshops, lack of documented literature on dance to teachers not implementing the music syllabus among others. The study...

THE ROLE OF MUSIC PERFORMED DURING KOMBA GIRL INITIATION CEREMONY OF THE LEMBA PEOPLE OF ZIMBABWE

ABSTRACTThis research is a qualitative ethnographic study with thick description of events. It was done in Mataruse village in Mberengwa. Its focus was on the role of music performed during komba girl initiation of the Lemba. The study used interviews and observation guide to collect the much needed data in the compilation of this research. Information gathered using the above mentioned data collection tools helped in the success of this research. The data was presented and thematically analy...

A Study Of Matendera Traditional Dance Of The Karanga People Of Matsveru, Chivi

ABSTRACTThe study focused on studying Matendera traditional dance of the Karanga people of Matsveru. The main focus was to study the role that the dance serves to the community, the musical instruments and attire of the dance, the context in which it is performed and how it is performed. The study was motivated by the realisation that there are many Zimbabwean traditional dances that have not been documented and are no longer practised resulting in them having the risk of becoming extinct. A ...

In search of meaning; An analysis of VaRemba songs in the context of their Komba rite of passage ceremony

AbstractThe main aim of this study was to analyse VaRemba Komba songs in Mahohoma village in Mberengwa. The qualitative study employed different data collection instruments like interviews and observation to gather much needed data in the compilation of this research. Information gathered using the mentioned data collection tools yielded the success of this research where data was analysed and presented accordingly. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and these were directed to the Komb...

The Use Of Vulgar Lyrics By Zimdancehall Artists In Some Of Their Songs: A Survey Carried Out In Gweru, Midlands, Zimbabwe

ABSTRACTThis study sought to find out the reasons for the use of vulgar lyrics by Zimdancehall artists in Gweru in some of their songs instead of singing morally upright lyrics which promote healthy living. The study was carried out on the background that Zimdancehall is the music of the moment which is having a strong following among the youth, of which these youths are the future of the nation. The youths who sing Zimdancehall in Gweru are still in need of special guidance since some of the...

The Use Of Folktale Songs In The Development Of Character Among E.C.D “B” Learners At Gresham Primary School In Zvishavane

ABSTRACTThe purpose of this study was to develop character among E.C.D ‘B’ learners at Gresham Primary School. This was achieved through an action research where folktale songs were taught as a way of developing the character of E.C.D ‘B’ learners at the school. The population comprised of all E.C.D teachers and learners at Gresham School whereas the sample consisted of four E.C.D teachers and thirty three E.C.D ‘B’ learners. Data was presented both in the qualitative and quantita...

An ethnography of the hogwana traditional marriage ceremony and tjigubhu dance and songs of the Bakalanga people of Sigangatsha Village in Matobo Matabeleland South Province of Zimbabwe

AbstractThe researcher presents an ethnographic study of the hogwana ceremony and tjigubhu dance and songs that are performed by the Bakalanga people of Sigangatsha village in Matabeleland South in Zimbabwe. There is limited literature based on the study hence the researcher developed the concept from a broader view by looking at African traditional ceremonies and music. She then narrowed down to the specific ceremony under discussion. Research questions were formulated in Chapter One and the...

A Collection And Transcription Of Ndandanda Dance Songs Of Nkayi District

AbstractThe purpose of this study was to collect Ndandanda dance songs for documentation for the benefit of future generations. In order to collect data on Ndandanda songs, an ethnographic research design in the qualitative form was employed. Participants were selected using the purposive and snowball sampling techniques. Data instruments such as participant observation and semi structured interviews were employed to collect the much needed data for this study. The songs that were collected a...


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