Course List in the Department of Music


The courses here are various ones that are being done under the Department of Music. If the students can have the foreknowledge of the courses, definitely, the preparation will be right.

Applied Music (Vocal and Instrumental)


This course covers individual instruction and Orchestral instrument or voice.

Rudiment and Theory of Music

This course covers four parts of Harmonization (SATE) Primary Triads and their inversions. Cadences are in a major key with Chord indications. Elementary Melody writing and continuation of given melodies, setting chords to music.

Key Board Harmony / Ear Training

This course comprises two sections viz:

Keyboard Harmony

This course comprises primary Traits, Playing given triads and their inversions including the perfect, plagal, and imperfect cadences in simple major keys. Completion of melodies. Simple piano accompaniment with chords I, IV, and V.

Ear Training, Sight Reading, and Sight Singing

This course comprises practice drills in pitch tones, intervals, triads, simple melodies, etc, and exercises in sight singing involving simple melodies, intervals, chords, etc. in major keys. Simple Two part writing and chord progressions.

Nigerian Music (Cultural, Instrumental, and Vocal

This course covers an introduction to Nigerian Music and its relation to the various Nigerian Cultures, Instrumental resources; musical training in traditional musical instruments; Performance study of master instruments.

History of Music

The origin of Western Music. Instruction to the features of early Greek Music, the early Christian Church, the music of the Middle Ages, and that of the 16th century. Introduction to major composers, the music, and instruments of the period.


This course comprises three aspects.

  • Choral performance. Candidates are to perform in the Department Choir and be exposed to the art of Choral performance and training.
  • Departmental Instrumental Music. This will involve the art of playing orchestral Instruments together on one hand, and stage band instruments peculiar to popular form – Juju, Fuji, Reggae, Calypso, etc.
  • African airs and dance. Materials to be taken from the culture (mainly recreational items as opposed to ritualistic or cult music) and dance performance. All items are to be video recorded.
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Applied Music

This course is intended to expose students to develop higher skills in their major and minor instruments.

Theory of Music

This course covers secondary triads, the dominant 7th, and their inversions. The use of accented passing notes and appoggiatura. Introduction to the use of primary triad in minor keys. Simple harmonization (SATB) and cadences in major and minor keys.

Keyboard Harmony 1 Ear Training

  • Keyboard Harmony – The harmonization of simple melodies using primary triads and their inversion. Rhythm in simple double, triple, and quadruple meter. Accompanying simple songs on the piano. The use of cadences and chord progressions. The Dominant 7th and its inversions
  • Bar Training, Sight-Reading and Sight-singing triads, chords, and their inversions. Exercise of two-part writing in major keys. Clapping to given
  • Sight-reading at the piano. Recognition of Dominant 7th and its inversions in all major keys.

Applied Music (Vocal and Instrumental)

This course is intended to expose them to advance higher technical proficiency in their chosen individual instruments. Students are expected to reach acceptable standards in their performances.

Theory of Music

As for the first year, the use of musical idioms accepted passing notes suspensions, etc. elementary Modulation to relate keys – dominant subdominant, etc. advanced melody writing, using different notes, rests, meters, etc. three – part and four–part writing in the style of Bach’s Chorales.

Keyboard Harmony and Ear Training 3c Keyboard Harmony

This course covers the harmonization of melodies using both primary and secondary triads. Cadences in all major and minor keys

  • Rhythms – both in simple and compound times, Completion of given melodies with simultaneous harmonization of given melodic openings. Realization of Chords using all Triads and their inversions on the Keyboard. The 7th Chord and its inversions.
  • Ear Training, sight Reading, Sight Singing. As for the first year but with

writing in both major and minor keys. Chord progressions in minor keys. Two–part writing in major and minor keys.

Nigeria Music (Cultural, Instructional, and Vocal)

This course covers Nigerian cultures and traditional institutions in selected parts of the country. More about other types of Nigerian and African cultures and the various types of musical instruments, forms of songs, and music that exist in the various cultural areas. Modern trends in African music constructive criticism and sampling of folk materials. Tales and folk–tale songs etc and their uses. Folk drama and effect of Music and Dances in Drama.

  • Introduction to Folk Music Research Methods, questionnaire, etc. field trips and collection, analysis of materials, and transmission of music materials in the area of students’ choice.
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History of Music

This course comprises The classical period (1775-1825). An insight into the major features of the classical period. The features of both instrumental and vocal music of the classical period, the composers, styles, etc., and their representative works.


This course comprises a Transcription of simple pieces for moderate orchestras consisting of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Writing, and arranging pieces for small BANDS, Orchestras, and Recorder Ensembles.


This course covers basic concepts and principles of Acoustics. Study of simple harmonic motion, nature and transmission of sound and interference, and hearing.

Music Education

This course covers the general Aims of Music Education in Nigeria

  • The Pre-Primary level of education
  • The Primary level of education

The Junior Secondary level of educationSpecial Approach to the teaching of different aspects of music especially Theory and Practice.

  • How teaching can be achieved in the classroom
  • The lesson plan

 Techniques of teaching music in the classroom

This course covers conducting and Ensemble Management

Introduction to Conducting (Choral or Instrumental)

This course comprises Basic Conducting Techniques (Simple and Compound Time)

Conducting with or without the baton

This course covers the Conductor; Basic qualifications- Musical, Non Musical organization of a Choir; a band, or Musical group. Practical conducting with various groups will be done as part of the Course’s Examination.

Applied Music IV (Major & Minor; Vocal & Instrumental)

This course covers students who are expected to tackle materials of greater technical competence for their chosen musical instrument Major and Minor. They are expected to reach acceptable standards not less than grade six ABRSM (London) or MUSON (Lagos) in their instrument.

Keyboard harmony and ear training

This course covers further harmonization of melodies at the keyboard; treatment of melodies with simultaneous harmonization; realization of chords using all triads in the African Music Collection of folk and cultural music and analyzing them.

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This course covers scoring for various orchestras; arrangement on stage; management of small and large orchestras; the concepts of the score; transportation; the technique of orchestration; visits to orchestra performances.

Form and analysis

This course covers analysis of vocal instrumental pieces e. g. dance suite, chord progressions, piano accepts etc.; recognition of modulations, sequence, etc. Study of some musical forms e. g. binary, ternary, concerto, sonata form, symphony, theme, and variation, etc; analysis of selected melodic and rhythmic vocal and instrumental works, etc operas, oratorios, masses, passions, with close attention to forms of Arias, Recitatives, Chorus, etc.

African music seminar

This course covers departmental seminars on individual students’ field research or collections on any approved areas of African Music. Each student will be expected to present a seminar paper on the approved topic or subject based on their observations and investigations from selected areas within and outside the student’s state of origin.

Seminar music on education

This course comprises a departmental seminar on students’ visits to different schools of their choice with the approval of the department. Students would be expected to go in groups to cover specified areas in music education such as problems of teaching music, attitudes of parent’s teachers, or students to learning music, problems of facilities, adequate curriculum, music textbooks, etc. Each group of students will be expected to make on-the-spot investigations in the approved schools and jointly present seminar papers on their findings to the departments. Students may be asked to present papers on their observations during their teaching practice.

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