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All You Need to Know About the Department of Music, UNN

In the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), the music department is well known and popularly recognized during events like convocation ceremonies.

Here is some formal information about the Department of Music you may be interested in:

*This information was first published on unn.edu.ng. You can click the link to see original source.


UNN Music Department performing at the West African University Games


The above programmes are designed to produce skillful, versatile and experienced musicians, emphasis being placed on performance and competent musicianship.

The theoretical and practical courses serve to explain and complement one another, thus preparing the graduates and diplomats to appreciate, analyse, practise and communicate African and world music as performance as well as literary art.

The last two years of the degree programmes introduce areas of professional specialization in Composition, Performance, Ethnomusicology, Music Education, and Music Instrument Technology according to skills and aptitudes in order to consolidate, extend and develop the basic knowledge and skills acquired in earlier year(s). Required ancillary/elective courses ensure an overall balance of the programmes.


The University of Nigeria minimum entry requirements in addition to:

(a) 5-credit level passes in the WASC/GCE O/L (including English Language and any science subject) at not more than two sittings.

(b) N.C.E. (single subject with a least a merit) or N.D. in Music or any other qualifications acceptable to Senate for the 3-year Direct Entry degree programme.

(c) Diploma in Music Education with at least a merit pass from a recognised University, N.C.E. (double major) with a least a merit pass or any other qualifications acceptable to Senate for the 2-year Direct Entry degree programme.

All applicants, by whichever mode they seek admission, must satisfy the Department of Music of their basic musical aptitude and competence at a specially conducted departmental audition.

This consists of written (theoretical), practical examinations. Candidates are recommended for admission only after they have successfully passed the audition, which normally holds in the last Thursday and Friday in August each year.


Department of Music, UNN singing the National Anthem to comence their presentation during a music.


The above programmes of study prepare students for professional practice as music teachers in schools and colleges, broadcasters in media houses, researchers and producers in Research Centres, Museums, Arts Councils and Performing Arts Organisations, also as self-employed professionals in the areas of performances, artists organizers, musical instrument manufacturers, etc. A good pass qualifies a graduate to pursue further studies in Music, which could lead to employment in specialized and tertiary institutions such as the Universities. The Department of Music provides avenue for a strong foundation in performance and musical theatre experiences.


UNN Music Department singer at a contest.

Stress Areas

0 Acoustics and Music Technology

1 General Courses (Rudiments)

2 Theoretical Courses – Harmony, Counterpoint and Analysis

3 History and Form of Western Music

4 African Music Theory and Ethnomusicology

5 Keyboard Work

6 Individual Performance; Instrument/Voice/Group Performance: Ensembles, Choirs, Bands

7 Aesthetics and Criticism Course

8 Music Education Courses

9 Research Methods/Project

Standard Four-Year Degree Programme

First Year List of Courses

First Semester

MUS 101 – Music as an Art and Science

MUS 111 – Rudiments of Music

MUS 121 – Foundations of Musicianship I

MUS 123 – Tonal Harmony I

MUS 141 – African Music:Music and Society I

MUS 143 – Introduction to Popular Music

MUS 161 – Primary Instrument/Voice I

MUS 163 – Performance Workshop – Western Ensembles I

MUS 165 – Performance Workshop – African Ensembles I

MUS 167 – Secondary Instrument I

General Studies Courses

GS101 – Use of English I

GS103 – Social Science I


ENGL 111 – Introduction to Oral Literature

IGBO 101 – Elementary Igbo I

YORU 101 – Elementary Yoruba I

HAUS 101 – Elementary Hausa I

LING 141 – Introduction to Linguistics I

PHIL 101 – Introduction to Philosophy I

MC 102 – History of the Nigerian Mass Media

Second Semester

MUS 122 – Foundations of Musicianship II

MUS 124 – Tonal Harmony II

MUS 132 – Survey of History of Western Music I

MUS 144 – Popular Music in Nigeria

MUS 152 – Basic Keyboard Studies

MUS 162 – Primary Instrument II

MUS 164 – Performance Workshop – Western Ensembles II

MUS 166 – Performance Workshop – African Ensembles II

MUS 168 – Secondary Instrument II

General Studies Courses

GS 102 – Use of English II

GS 104 – Social Science II


PHIL 102 – Introduction to Philosophies

LING 142 – Introduction to Linguistics II

IGBO 102 – Elementary Igbo II

YORU 102 – Elementary Yoruba II

HAUS 102 – Elementary Hausa II

PHIL 102 – Introduction to Philosophy

Second Year

First Semester

MUS 201 – Introduction to Music Notation Software

MUS 221 – Foundations of Musicianship III

MUS 223 – Tonal Harmony III

MUS 241 – African Music: Theoretical Studies I

MUS 243 – African Music: Music and Society II

MUS 251 – Basic Keyboard Studies II

MUS 261 – Primary Instrument/Voice III

MUS 263 – Performance Workshop – Western Ensembles III

MUS 265 – Performance Workshop – African Ensembles III

MUS 267 – Secondary Instrument III

General Studies Courses

GS 105 – Natural Science I

GSP 201 – Peace and Conflict Resolution

CEDR 341 – Entrepreneurship


IGBO 201 – Intermediate Igbo I

YORU 201 – Intermediate Yoruba I

HAUS 201 – Intermediate Hausa I

DRA 102 – Introduction to Drama and Theatre

MC 261 – Introduction to Film

PHIL 131 – Introduction to Logic and Clear Thought I

Second Semester

Major Courses

MUS 202 – Application of Music Notation Software

MUS 222 – Foundations of Musicianship IV

MUS 224 – Tonal Harmony IV

MUS 232 – Western Music before 1750

MUS 242 – African Music: Theoretical Studies II

MUS 252 – Basic Keyboard Studies III

MUS 262 – Primary Instrument/Voice IV

MUS 264 – Performance Workshop – Western Ensembles IV

MUS 266 – Performance Workshop – African Ensembles IV

MUS 268 – Secondary Instrument IV

General Studies Courses

GS 106 – Natural Science II

GSP 202 – Peace and Conflict Resolution II

CEDR 342 – Entrepreneurial II


PHIL 132 – Introduction to Logic and Clear Thought II

IGBO 202 – Intermediate Igbo II

YORU 202 – Intermediate Yoruba Igbo II

HAUS 202 – Intermediate Hausa II

DRA 130 – Basic Acting Skills

Third Year

First Semester

MUS 331 – Western Music after 1750

MUS 341 – African Music: Theoretical Studies II

MUS 343 – Afro-American Music

MUS 351 – Elementary Keyboard Harmony

MUS 361 – Primary Instrument/Voice V

MUS 363 – Performance Workshop – Western Ensembles V

MUS 365 – Performance Workshop – African Ensembles V

MUS 367 – Secondary Instrument/Voice I

MUS 381 – Teaching Methods in Music

Required Ancillary Course

CS 101 – Introduction to Computer Science

Second Semester

MUS 302 – Introduction to Musical Instrument Technology

MUS 322 – Composition

MUS 324 – Conducting and Performance Management

MUS 326 – Orchestration

MUS 342 – Music of Other Cultures of the World

MUS 362 – Primary Instrument/Voice VI

MUS 364 – Performance Workshop – Western Ensembles IV

MUS 366 – Performance Workshop – African Ensembles IV

MUS 368 – Secondary Instrument/Voice II

MUS 392 – Research Method and Preparatory Studies in Music

Required Ancillary Course

CS 304 – Computer Applications

Fourth Year

First Semester

MUS 401 – Acoustics of Music

MUS 421 – Fugue

MUS 425 – Analysis of Tonal Music

MUS 427 – Analysis and Analytical Method for 20th C. Music

MUS 451 – Keyboard Harmony and Accompaniment

MUS 461 – Primary Instrument/Voice VII

MUS 463 – Performance Workshop – Western Ensembles VII

MUS 465 – Performance Workshop – African Ensembles VII

MUS 467 – Secondary Instrument/Voice III

MUS 471 – Criticism and Musical Scholarship

Second Semester

MUS 402 – Music Technology

MUS 422 – Modern Compositional Techniques

MUS 442 – African Music: Historiography, Theoretical Issues and Contemporary Development

MUS 462 – Primary Instrument/Voice VIII

MUS 464 – Performance Workshop – Western Ensembles VIII

MUS 466 – Performance Workshop – African Ensembles VIII

MUS 490 – Project

MUS 468 – Secondary Instrument/Voice IV











Department of Music Staff, 2012

Onyeji, Christian Uzoma

Dip. Mus.Ed;.

B.A. (Hons.); M.A.(Nig.);D.Mus (Pretoria). Professor


Anya-Njoku, Mary Vivian Chiadikobi

Dip. Mus.Ed.; B.A.(Hons.); M.A.(Nig.)   Senior Lecturer


Chukwu, Sam Iheanyi

B.A (Hons.); PGDE; M.A. (Nig);

Ph.D. (UNIZIK) Senior Lecturer/Acting HOD


Adeogun, Adebowale Oluranti

B.A. (Hons.);  M.A.(Nig.);

D.Mus (Pretoria). Senior Lecturer


Keke, Maria Trinitas Oluchi (Rev. Sr.)

Dip. Liturg. Mus.; B. A. (Hons.); M.A (Rome) Senior Lecturer


Onyekwelu, Joseph Nweke

B. A. (Hons.); M.A.(Nig); Ph.D (ABRAKA) Lecturer I


Forchu, Ijeoma Iruka

B. A.(Hons.); M. A.(Nig); M.A (Jos);

Ph.D (UNIZIK) Research Fellow I


Onwuegbuna, Ikenna Emmanuel

ND Mass Comm.(IMT, Enugu); Dip. Mus. Ed;

B. A.(Hons.); M. A.(Nig.);

Ph.D. (UNIZIK) Lecturer I


Agbo, Benedict Nwabugwu (Rev. Fr.)

B. Phil (Enugu); Dip. Mus. Ed;

B. A.(Hons); M.A. (Nig.) Lecturer II


Onyeji, Elizabeth Ime

Dip. Mus. Ed.; B. A (Hons); M. A. (Nig.) Lecturer II


Sylvanus, Emaeyak Peter

Dip. Mus. Ed; B. A. (Hons.)(Nig);

M. A.(London) Graduate Assistant


Ewulu, John Izuchukwu

Dip. Mus. Ed.; B. A. (Hons) (Nig.) Graduate Assistant


Nwankwo, Jude Osy

Dip. Mus. Ed.; B. A. (Hons.) (Nig.) Graduate Assistant


Obiekwe, Christiana Nnechi

Dip Mus Ed.; B. A. (Hons) M.A (Nig) Principal Curator


Nwokike, China  Joseph

NTTC (IMT) Final City (London)

NIST; B.Sc. (Hons.) (Nig) Principal Technologist


Nwachukwu, Ndubisi Emma

Dip. Mus Ed.; B.A (Hons); M.A (Nig.) Senior Technologist

Ozoani, Kennedy Nnabuenyi

Dip. Mus Ed; B.A (Hons) (Nig.) Senior Technologist


Ugwueze, Esther Nwakaego

Dip.in Stat; B.Ed (Hons) (Nig.) Senior Typist/Ag. Secretary


Ugwu Caroline Chinyere Cleaner Messenger


Eze, Blessing Chinyere

NCE (FCE) (Eha-Amufu) Clerical Officer

Appolos, Eunice Ezinwa

Dip in Adult Ed.(Nig.) Data Entry/Assist. Clerical Officer


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  • Munachimso Mbachu

    I love music I have written jamb and post utme two times to continue my economics but I keep on failing but this time I want to take part in my passion.I dont have any idea of music I can only produce songs by God's grace so please where do I starts from because this time I want to work on this path.

  • Damilola A

    I'm BSc certified in Mathematics but I intend pursuing a degree in Music at UNN. These requirements listed out do not conform to my current educational background, obviously I have to re-obtain O'level certificates including UTME. May I know the cut-off mark for MUSIC and what O'level subjects I have to write in particular?

  • Franklin

    I really love music but if I'm to apply, is it through JAMB or directly to the school?