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Re-introduce music education in basic schools – MUSIGA

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Today is World Music Day and the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has made a clarion call on the government on music education.

Today is World Music Day and the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has made a clarion call on the government on music education.

 

In a press statement, the Union is calling on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo to ensure that music education is reintroduced at the basic levels of our educational system.

According to MUSIGA, this is in view of the immense benefits music education offers to both the individuals and the nation.

“Some of the many benefits are the development of the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning of students as a result of early musical training. Other benefits include mastery of memorization, emotional development; development of creative thinking and enhanced self-confidence. 

Music education was cancelled from basic schools in Ghana in the wake of the 31st December Revolution as part of the restructuring of our educational curriculum,” it indicated.

The statement further indicated that public schools do not teach music education at the basic level and students who are interested have to pick up the subject at Senior High School or University level after the gap in their primary schools.

 MUSIGA President Bice Osei Kuffour believes that the reintroduction of music education at the basic level will provide the necessary training for our talented children which will help them adequately develop their God given talents. It is for this reason that the Union is calling on His Excellency the President to ensure that as a lover of music, this is done during his tenure.

“In the same breath, the Union is congratulating all music industry practitioners on the celebration of World Music Day on June 21. 

The Union is excited at the celebration of this day which started in Paris on June 21, 1982 and is today marked in over 700 cities in 120 countries worldwide,” the added.

The MUSIGA President notes that with the renaissance of live music in Ghana and venues that provide live music increasing by the day, the level of musicianship in the country can only continue to improve and Ghana will sooner than later be adequately represented in the global community of music.

However, Citi Showbiz’s investigations prove that music education is incorporated in the Creative Arts subject at the Primary School level. 

There are also biennial music and cultural festivals at the basic level of education.

MUSIGA’s call on the government would therefore mean restructuring and invigorating the teaching and learning of music and arts in our schools.