VOICE PEDAGOGY IN DEPARTMENTS OF MUSIC IN NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES A CASE STUDY OF DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC, UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA, NSUKKA, ENUGU STATE
This study presents a critical review of the teaching and learning of voice as instrument of study in Nigerian Universities. Department of Music, university of Nigeria, Nsukka was used as a case study. In doing this however, reference was made to departments of music in South Eastern Nigeria for a balanced view. The teaching methods, forms, scope, outcomes, attitudes, quality of teaching and learning skills were primarily considered. The study employs a combination of Qualitative and Quantitative research methods. In the course of this research, it was discovered that most teachers of voice are not voice specialists and therefore do not handle voice pedagogy in the appropriate manner, coupled with the fact that the ecurriculum did not clearly state how voice pedagogy should be handled. Based on the research findings the researcher recommends that voice specialists be given the responsibility of teaching voice as is the case with other instruments, also the curriculum should be reviewed to reflect the aspects of voice to be learnt at certain times. Above all, in the absence of voice specialists, lecturers who teach voice should go for some specialists training in vocal pedagogy in order for effective teaching and learning of voice to take place.