Research Papers/Topics in Music Education

The Influence of Popular Music Among the Youth of Ngleshie Amanfro, Accra.

ABSTRACT Music can influence people’s culture and identities. Daily the Ghanaian youth listen to different types of music such as gospel, highlife, hip-life, jazz, reggae, hip-pop and rock. How do these diverse musical exposures affect their behavior, lifestyle and dress code? This study discussed the influence of popular music on the youth in the locality of Ngleshie Amanfro, Accra. The researcher specifically focused on gospel music, hip-life music (rap) and reggae music. The study also e...

The Use of Indigenous Ghanaian Elements in Contemporary Orchestral Music

ABSTRACT Intercultural composition is the style of composition that blends both western and non-western elements together. Although composition can be done for solo or various sections of instruments, the height of this praxis is ultimately that for orchestra. At the inception of the orchestral tradition in Ghana, mostly western pieces were performed for audiences. From a process that began with Phillip Gbeho, a few composers from Ghana like Kenn Kafui and Nicholas Nayo have composed for...

Socio – Cultural Significance Of Circumcision Songs Within A Changing Babukusu Community Of Bumula Division, South Bungoma District, Western Province Of Kenya

ABSTRACT This study investigated the socio-cultural significance of circumcision songs within a changing Babukusu community. Technological developments, growth of towns and industries have led to remarkable adjustments in the social behaviors and other ways of life of the Babukusu. These changes have given rise to new concerns and by extension to new compositions with new themes and even performance styles to suit the general trends which the general culture development follows. The Bab...

The Role Of Technology In Music Education: A Survey Of Computer Usage In Secondary Schools In Nairobi Province, Kenya

ABSTRACTToday‟s use of computer pervades all areas of our lives, including activities in institutions of learning. Beyond the very facility of computation, data management, word processing etc, computers have become essential in providing instructional effectiveness, planning, and generally challenging the learning environment. The application of computer technology in the field of education is rapidly gaining ground world over. The common modern technological tools available to music educa...

Art Music Contributions Inspired By Kenyan Folksong Repertoire: A Case Of Innovation Drawn From Samia Children Songs

ABSTRACTToday, influences such as globalization, urbanization and technology have led to fast-changing trends in music. Often, social occasions that were traditionally set apart with a view to learning and engaging with cultural activities such as children game songs and other types of songs have been replaced with other social activities such as media entertainment, sports, holiday travel and other contemporary activities. One of the negative outcomes of modernization and urbanization is tha...

The Role Of Traditional Music In Girls Alternative Rite Of Passage Among The Amiiru

ABSTRACT Female initiation involving genital mutilation has been used in many parts of the world as a rite of passage ritual for many years down the history of mankind. Apparently music is one of the prominent features of this rite in almost all the cultures in which it is practised. However, most countries have abandoned these cultural practices due to formal education, Christianity and other modern socio-economic changes. These changes have contributed greatly to changes in behavior a...

Exploring Alternative Strategies For Teaching Music Theory And Aurals To The Hearing Impaired Learners In Kakamega County, Kenya

ABSTRACT Education for all (EFA) is a global commitment established in the year 2000.Vision 2030 also advocates for Education as an important pillar in development. The Government of Kenya has introduced free and compulsory Education. Learners with hearing impairment (HI) however do not learn music as a subject. This study aimed at filling this gap by exploring strategies to be used to teach music to learners with HI. The objectives of the study were to: establish the challenges likely...

Structural processes in gabriel faures

CONTENTSChapter 1: Introduction1.1 General introduction 61.2 Glossary 14Chapter 2: Historical background2.1 French music leading up to Fauré 172.2 Gabriel Fauré (1845 1924) 252.3 The history of the nocturne 352.4 nocturnes 392.5 Fauré and the piano 40Chapter 3: Fauré and musical style3.1 General definitions 443.2 Style through the lens of musical parameters 453.3 Stylistic 493.4 The three-period stylistic model 633.5 The use of harmony as a structural device in music 81Chapter 4: Analysis...

Use Of Ndebele Indigenous Melodic, Harmonic, Rhythmic And Textural Features In Ndebele Contemporary Choral Music Composition.

ABSTRACTNdebele particularistic origin and ethnic identity has a pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial origin. Its origins are lodged within the complex nation-building project initiated by King Mzilikazi Khumalo and taken further by his son and successor King Lobengula Khumalo. A historically informed, careful and nuanced analysis of the evolution of Ndebele particularism should also consider such concrete historical factors as the Mfecane Revolution and Nguni-Sotho nation building strate...

Quality And Standards Of Music £Ducation In Nigerian Tertiary Institutions

ABSTRACTThe need for music education at all levels of Nigerianeducation has been recognised and established (the Nationalpolicy on Education, 1977). section 5, NO.· 38 (ii) and (iii)of the policy state that:(1) The curriculum of higher education will be gearedtowards producing practical persons, and the coursecontent will reflect our :national needs and not just,.hypothetical standards.(ii) Technically based profe$sionals especially need.greater exposure to the environment in which theywill ...

An Evaluation Of Junior Secondary School Music Curriculum Implementation In Kwara State Of Nigeria

Abstract This study investigated the implementation of the Junior Secondary School (JSS) music curriculum in Kwara State, Nigeria; determined the extent to which the Junior Secondary School (JSS) music curriculum has been implemented and how far it had achieved it desired curriculum aims and objectives. The study also identified problem areas 111 implementation of music as a school subject in the JSS curriculum and prescribed constructive strategies for curriculum improvement 111order to p...

Military Band Music Composers In Ghana: Frank Hukporti And John Doe Afornorpe In Perspective

ABSTRACT This research examines the creative ideologies of Frank Hukporti and John Doe Afornorpe in the context of military band music-making. It also surveys the traditional military band music format, the evolution of military band in Ghana, and life events of the two exponents. The process of their creativity was critically scrutinized using two theoretical frameworks that seem to be appropriate to the study. These frameworks examined the contributions of some selected elements of m...

Text And Tune (Tone) In Ghanaian Hymnology – A Case Study Of The Christian As$R Ndwom Of The Methodist Church Ghana

ABSTRACT This thesis concentrated on the translation of the English hymns of the British Methodist church to the Fanti Language for the indigenes of the Fantiland. The Fanti translations for the English hymns fail to put music and language together in the terms of pitch and melodic contour. The same melody is used for all stanzas of the hymn with no consideration for the changing pitches of the text in the verses. The research methodology involved Data collection, transcription and anal...

The Contributions Of George Worlasi Kwasi Dor To The Musical Tradition Of The Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana

ABSTRACT This study examines the contributions and influence of George Worlasi Kwasi Dor to the musical traditions of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana in the style of prominent composers such as Ephraim Amu, N.Z. Nayo and R.N Ndor within the rubrics of Interculturalism in music theorized by Akin Euba (Dor, 2013). For more than a century and a half, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana has continuously followed the Bremen model for the celebration of the Eucharist. This p...

A Study Of Sipelu Music And Dance Among The Masubia People Of The Zambezi Region Of Namibia

Abstract This study examined Sipelu music and dance among the Masubia people of the Zambezi region of Namibia. The main objective of the study was to determine the meaning and beliefs attached to Sipelu music and dance. It also investigated how Sipelu music and dance-related to other Masubia cultural elements. The study, furthermore, explored how the Masubia people managed to preserve and transmit Sipelu music and dance knowledge and practice within their community. Interviews were cond...


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