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November 8, 2018 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Faculty/Administration #2339 | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: FREE
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty


Eldonna May, Music, Lecturer 



Music education in Ghana’s primary schools was a casualty of the country’s December 31, 1981 revolution led by Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, who overthrew the Hilla Liman government. A government of Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC) was born to execute the ideals of the Revolution. Music, while being one of the most loved activities in Ghana, was considered to be the most trivial with respect to formal music education and career choice. It was viewed as unnecessary and removed from the national educational curriculum. In July 2017 the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) called for the reinstatement of music education in Ghana, issuing a statement advising the government to restore music education to the school curriculum. MUSIGA’s president also points to the renaissance of live music in Ghana and venues that provide live music are 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. The commitment of Ghana to project its tourism, arts, culture and ultimately economy supports the reasons why ICT, music, and capacitation of creative and performing arts (CAPA) teachers, must be an integral part of the basic education system. Tertiary level music lecturers are challenged with being proficient in current modes of music education due to the introduction of computing into every fabric of higher learning. Instructional technology represents a dynamic educational force encompassing the process of instruction and the total environment for education. The introduction of Information and Communication Technology (“ICT”) can facilitate knowledge acquisition in music and music education for both teachers and students, reducing the gap with respect to limited knowledge pertaining to music technology. The introduction of music technology for music students and professional musicians will enhance the music industry in Ghana. The authors draw on interpretive framework design using both quantitative and qualitative methods that incorporate a needs analysis, an exhaustive literature review, and statistical analysis of teachers’ use of ICT, music education and capacitation of creative and performing arts (CAPA) teachers in basic education in Ghana’s central region. The authors developed a carefully crafted framework that exudes the actual issues as well as strategies for making a reintroduction of CAPA related fields in basic education a reality by first advocating for the teachers and their education that makes them capable of teaching in the STEAM fields. This study will ultimately address issues related to Sustainable Development Goals 4 primarily and at a secondary level goals 8, 9, 10 and 17.

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