HISTORY OF THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT
At inception in 1988, the Department offered Music with Fine and Applied
Arts, and in 1991, the Department of Music was fully established in the
main campus of the College of Education with Mr Lapaz Akpa as it’s first
Head of Department. It then offered Music/English, Music/Religious
Studies and Music/Primary Education at the N.C.E. level. Later Mr. Toye
Agboola, became the head of department with Miss Monica Okeke and
Mr. Nah-kofie as members of academic staff. In 1993, Miss Bernadette
Uwakwe joined the department, followed by others. In 1993/94 session,
the department started its degree (B.Ed.) programme and produced its
first graduates in 1997.
These programmes passed through the supervision and moderation of the
University of Ibadan until the 2009/2010 academic session, when the
Rivers State Government in its enacted Act established the Rivers State
University of Education (latter renamed Ignatius University of Education)
to award B.A. Ed. degree in various disciplines. With inception of the new
University of Education, the twenty seven years of affiliation with the
premier University of Ibadan came to an end, and the first set of music
graduates in the new University of Education was produced in 2013/2014
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC EDUCATIO N
Philosophers of all ages agree that music in all its ramification that Music
is an integral part of life and one of the most universal human needs. Music,
says Plato (427-347 B.c.) is the movement of sounds to reach the soul for
the education of its virtue. Music, he continues, is a moral law, it gives
sound to the universe and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
The German-Swiss philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) believes
that without Music, life would be a mistake. Back home in our indigenous
African society, Music is an integral part of life itself. The African child is
born, bred and buried with Music.
In today’s shrunken world of a global village, music plays a greater and
more cohesive role in people’s lives irrespective of differences in age,
clime, creed, culture, education, gender, habitat, occupation and social
strata. Music education is therefore, crucial as we move forward into the
As a school discipline, the teaching and learning of Music satisfies all the
traditional strategies and objectives of the aesthetic, affective, cognitive
and most importantly the psychomotor domains. It is a sine qua non
towards demonstrating skills in creativity, communication technology and
In a nutshell, the study of Music and Music education goes beyond the
practice and mere enjoyment of Music. It touches significantly on the
- The Economic: acquisition of knowledge, talents and skills relating
more directly to the use of tools and conventions of civilized life to
create an enviable most lucrative vocation.
- The Ethical: A higher concept of truth, morality, justice, a development
of the principles of right conduct and their application in daily life.
- The Social/Political: A better understanding of man’s relationship to
man, of the interdependence of men in civilized lands.
- The Cultural: Nationalism and the appreciation of the fine things of life.
The Department of Music shall develop and run programmes that meet
a variety of institutional needs as well as the needs of artistes,
teachers, scholars, planners and implementers of development
programmes in music, arts and culture. It shall also be an archival
centre for the development of communication signals, advanced
training programmes in clearly defined areas of research, music
technology, special concerts, demonstrations documentations,
workshops, outreach programmes, the preparation and circulation of
music and music-related materials.
- Acquire and understand the common elements and organizational patterns
of music and their interactions, and their ability to demonstrate this
understanding in aural, visual and verbal analysis.
- Acquire and develop the ability to compose and/or to improvise at a basic
level in one or more musical styles or genres.
- Develop the ability to select the best musical methods and materials for
meeting the objectives of the learning experience.
- Become aware of the diverse cultures in our society and thereby develop
more curiosity in the life, music and culture of other societies in historical
and contemporary perspecti
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the appropriate historical and
stylistic performance practice
- Work independently and co-operatively on a variety of musical problems,
form and defend value judgments about music.
- Have a basic overview understanding of how technology serves in the field
of music as a whole and a working knowledge of the technological
developments applicable to their area of specialization.
- Acquire knowledge and skills sufficient to work as leaders and in
collaboration on matters of musical interpretations, including rehearsals,
conducting skills as appropriate to the particular music specialization and
- Acquire experience both on the keyboard and one or two secondary
instruments and/or performance areas such as dance, theatre arts etc.
- Be prepared as music teachers who can stand tall in their professional
competence to function effectively as constructive, socio -economic,
moral and spiritual change agents needed to promote goodwill, peace
and progress in Nigeria and in the 21st century world.
Dr. Ugochukwu, Bernadette Chinedu
Dr. Ugochukwu, Bernadette Chinedu is the current Head of Department of Music, an indigene of Umuokirika Ekwereazu in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government of Imo State, Nigeria. Her educational history and qualifications are listed below:
TERTIARY EDUCATION (WITH DATES):
(I) NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA 2008 – 2011
(II) UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT 2000 – 2004
(III) UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT 1995 – 2000
(IV) BENDEL STATE UNVERSITY, ABRAKA 1988 – 1991
(V) BENDEL STATE UNIVERSITY, ABRAKA 1984 -1987
ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS OBTAINED (WITH DATES) AND INSTITUTIONS
QUALIFICATIONS DATES INSTITUTIONS
i. DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY, (PhD) IN MUSIC PEDAGOGY 2011 NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA
ii. MASTER OF ARTS, (MA) IN THEATRE ARTS 2004 UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT
iii. MASTER OF EDUCATION, (MEd) IN MANAGEMENT (PLANNING) 2000 UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT
iv. BACHELOR OF ARTS IN EDUCATION (BA.ED) MUSIC 1991 BENDEL STATE UNIVERSITY, ABRAKA
v. NIGERIA CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION (NCE) MUSIC 1987 BENDEL STATE UNIVERSITY, ABRAKA
vi. GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (O’ LEVEL GCE) & WEST AFRICAN SCHOOL CERTIFICATE (O’ LEVEL WASC)
1983 WEST AFRICAN SCHOOL CERTIFICATE
vii. FIRST SCHOOL LEAVING CERTIFICATE 1976 AZUZURU STATE SCHOOL
NKALAGU, EBONYI STATE
viii. CERTIFICATE COURSE IN COMPUTER LITERACY PROGRAMME 2011 FONAO
Dr. Ugochukwu, Bernadette Chinedu has various teaching, research and administrative experiences and have won many awards.
Past HOD’s[table id=5 /]
Offers Bachelor of Art (B.A) degree in Music
Education and Music
Offers Bachelor of Art Education (B.A.Ed) degree in Music