This book explores the music of Africa and its experience in modern education, offering music education analyses from African perspectives. The collection assembles insights from around Africa to bring African and non-African scholars into the world of music, education, policy, and assessment as played out across the continent. The music of Africa presents multiple avenues for the understanding of the reality of life from a cultural perspective. The teaching and learning of this music closely follows its practice, the latter involving a combination of artistic expressions. With international interest in world music, there is need to engage with concepts and processes of this music. The volume offers new research from culture bearers, scholars, and educators rooted in practices that provide deeper perceptions of the cultural expression of music. With sections focussing on Concepts in Musical Arts, Musical Arts Processes, and Music Education Practice, it captures and documents the concept of musical arts from an African experiential perspective. Articulating the processes of musical arts and their implications for teaching and learning in both African and international learning contexts, it presents a balanced view of music as a phenomenon and generates material for discussion. A valuable resource for those seeking insight into aspects of music practice in Africa, this book will appeal to scholars of Music Education, Ethnomusicology, Community Music, African Studies, and African Music.

chapter |13 pages


Introduction: interrogation of ‘Africanising the music classroom’
ByEmily Achieng’ Akuno

chapter 1|17 pages

Music and musicking

Continental Africa’s junctures in learning, teaching and research
ByJean Ngoya Kidula

chapter 2|28 pages

‘Tear open and enjoy eating’

Juxtaposing and merging knowledge systems
ByAnri Herbst

chapter 3|17 pages

Sharing concerns

A direction for African music education
ByEric Debrah Otchere

chapter 5|15 pages

Africanising assessment

Developing generic cross-cultural assessment standards
ByRenee Human

chapter 6|19 pages

Music education in Egypt

Identity and culture
ByNahla Mattar

chapter 7|9 pages

The school of arts and the music scene of Senegal 1

ByIbrahima Wane

chapter 8|14 pages

“In class out of place”

The substance of secondary school music curriculum
ByErnest Patrick Monte, Joyce M. Mochere

chapter 9|15 pages

Interrogating cultural relevance in the musicianship class

ByCleniece Owino, Emily Achieng’ Akuno

chapter 10|19 pages

Incorporating indigenous songs into the elementary school system in Nigeria

ByIfeoluwa A. O. Olorunsogo

chapter 12|15 pages

Africanising the music classroom through choral and instrumental ensembles

The Kenya Music Festival and Nairobi Orchestra as music education resources
ByElizabeth Achieng’ Andang’o

chapter 14|19 pages

Pedagogical attributes of the Lozi Silimba from Zambia

ByJessee Wanderi

chapter 15|13 pages

Systematic instruction for musical arts education

Towards skill development and cultural growth
ByAtinuke Adenike Idamoyibo, Emily Achieng’ Akuno

chapter 16|17 pages

Composing art music from indigenous African musical paradigms

ByChristian Onyeji

chapter 17|20 pages

Examining African children’s musical arts experiences as learning resources for children

ByFred O. Atoh, Virginia N. Onyara, Perminus Matiure

chapter 18|16 pages

Children’s songs

Education beyond the playground
ByEmily Achieng’ Akuno

chapter 19|12 pages

Africanising the music classroom through technology

The case of Uganda
ByBenon Kigozi

chapter |6 pages


Singing Africa
ByEmily Achieng’ Akuno