Music Education and National Development in Nigeria
This paper examines the impact of music education in national development. The paper is an empirical study that addresses the impact of music education in national development in Nigeria. Methodology relied solely on the survey of what musicians have said at a point in time. The study used bibliographic, personal oral interviews, survey and field investigation as data collection methods. Data was also collected by listening to albums produced by twenty-six (26) Nigerian musicians. A total of forty three (43) albums were randomly selected cutting across all musical genres in Nigerian musical scene. Literature was reviewed on various concepts/issues that are highlighted in this study center on the impact of music education in national development. The outcome of the study shows the findings on each of the following issues as discussed in this paper: Transmission of Values (35%); Transmission of Culture (23%); Socio-Political Issues (74%); Media System (93%); Social Reconstruction (42%); Political Solidarity (58%); Electoral Campaign (70%); Electronic Media (100%); National Music (23%); Espirit De Corps (12%); Corruption (84%); Communal Clash (70%); Political Office Arrangement(65%); Government Policy (79%); Child Abuse and Women Liberation (47%); Fight for Freedom (40%); Social ill/Social Revolution (95%); and National Integration/Patriotic (88%). The study recommends that Nigerian musicians should be well equipped and versatile with the knowledge of music education so as to move the country forward.
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