CHILDHOOD MUSIC EDUCATION IN NIGERIA: A CASE STUDY

CHILDHOOD MUSIC EDUCATION IN NIGERIA: A CASE STUDY

Author by Prof. Young-sook Onyiuke

Journal/Publisher: Book

Volume/Edition: 1

Language: English

Pages: 1 - 16

Abstract

Children learn and develop the ability to learn language from their environment. The ability of learning in any field is not only inherited but is also product of the environment. Every child can learn music just as he or she can learn how to speak (Suzuki 1969:vi). Supporting Suzuki's idea, Kendall (1996: 43-46) notes that just as the home environment is pivotal in learning every language, a child may also be crucial to learning the music of any historical period or any cultural tradition. Byron (1995:1) introduces John Blacking's view of music as a special kind of language that is culturally rooted and socially enacted with the sole purpose of conveying meaning. Brokiehurst (1971:45) asserts that the natural response to the nonverbal communicative character of music contributes to the emotional, intellectual, physical and social development of the child. Development musical skills comes from within, and the people and their musics and ways of making music’s need to be listened to, heard and utilised as a basis for arts education (Oehrle & Emeka 2003: 38-51}, which includes music education.


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