The Department of Music was one of the liberal arts departments that became offshoots of the Institute of African Studies in the late seventies. The Department was established in 1976, had its first set of students in 1979 and its first set of graduates in 1982. In 1990, the Department produced its first 1st Class Honours graduate in Music. The Department has since inception remains one of the principal player in achieving the dreams and aspirations of the founding fathers of the University, most especially in the areas of learning and culture.
The Department of Music anchors qualitative delivery of services in three fundamental areas in terms of teaching, research and service for which a University is known and recognized. Though a small Department, its responsibilities and services to the immediate and remote societies cannot be overemphasized. Since its inception the Department had supplied and had continue to supply well qualified music graduates to meet the various demands of Institutions of Learning both within and outside the country; Radio Broadcasting and Television stations;. Ministries of Education, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Armed and Para-military Forces, Recording Industries, Social Organizations and the general public. Its current academic staff establishment based on FTE staff/student ratio is eighteen (18). However, due to difficulty in getting qualified personnel to appoint, its present staff strength is nine (09).
The Department of Music primarily trains student at the undergraduate level for the award of the following Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees:
(i) B A. Degree in Music in seven specialization areas.
(ii) A combined honour programme (B.A. degree) in Music and Fine Arts. This programme is designed for students interested in taking appointments in the public service, electronic and print media or in the international civil service, after graduation, in addition to those willing to take academic positions. The programme maintains a careful balance between the two areas of specialization.
(iii) A combined honour programme (B.A. degree) in Music and Religious Studies. This programme is designed for students interested in taking appointment in the public service and priesthood, after graduation, in addition to those willing to take academic positions. The programme maintains a careful balance between the two areas of specialization.
(iv) A combined honour programme (B.A. degree) in Music and Yoruba. This programme is designed for students interested in taking appointments in the public service, electronic and print media, or in the international civil service, after graduation, in addition to those willing to take academic positions. The programme maintains a careful balance between the two areas of specialization.
(v) It also trains students at the postgraduate level for the award of M.A. and PhD (Music).
Members of staff in the Department had contributed immensely and are still contributing to the collective academic efforts at building human capacity for rational and cultural development and for the building of a virile nation and effective citizens. The Department has established a mutual understanding between the academic performers in the Department (the gown) and the non-academic performers in the society (town) thereby facilitating collaborative efforts in the training of manpower to meet the societal demands in the areas of music from conception to consumption. The appointment of Chief Sunday Ishola Adegeye (King Sunny Ade) a juju maestro as an instructor in the Department is a testimony of the fruit of these efforts. This is anticipated to further improve the quality of interaction of the Department with the music industry within and outside the country. The plan to establish an exchange programme with a Department of Music at a U.S. based University is already at its peak. This is expected to further enhance students’ exposure and interaction with contemporary technology and equipment used in music making.
In the areas of research, the staff of the Department from the founding fathers such as Professors Akin Euba, Tunji Vidal and Ademola Adegbite to the current academic staff members are first-rated academics. They have been very active in breaking new grounds in music research which spans a wide range of diverse interests. These range from Music Theory to Music Production and Management with application in African Traditional Music, Music Technology, Music Criticism, Christian/Islamic music traditions, Music of the Mass Culture, and Music Education.
The academic and non-academic staff’s abilities are not in doubt; the academic staffs in particular, are recognized locally and internationally. The Department has its curriculum reviewed periodically to meet up with emerging and current challenges and ever increasing knowledge in the global academic and political world.