Nigerian Jùjú 1980s musician Sir Shina Peters, father to Music Video Director Clarence Peters, recently revealed his intention to start a music school. This news is about time! I know, first hand, the difference a music education makes. In grade school, I fell in love with learning the language of music after I took a music theory course. I followed that natural curiosity and continued studying music, even managing to make the cut into the only Advanced Music course at my Arts and Magnet high school. In that advance music course, I got a chance to produce my first song, thanks to my music lab teacher and by the time I got to college, I seriously thought about obtaining a degree (Minor) in music.
It was actually a toss up between Music and Philosophy. Seriously playing with the idea that music would be my Minor, I began one of my music prerequisite courses towards my Minor, choosing the piano as my #1 instrument to play. Everything was going smoothly until my music professor announced our assignment would be to go to the San Jose Theatre to watch Opera performances. It was for an extended period of time and we were to report back with our findings in a written report.
Opera was simply not my thing. I can’t tell you all how super bored I was at the theatre. I think I even fell asleep a couple of times. Lol! Now, I appreciate that kind of music. Back then, I thought it was torture. I also knew my destiny did not include sitting for prolonged periods watching Opera performances all in the name of being a music minor. No sir, no m’aam. It did not take too long after that, I just jabor (let go) of my music aspirations and fully embraced Philosophy as a minor. Lol!
Nevertheless, I value a good music education and feel it has a very important role in society. I have always had an ear for music, I am told I take after my maternal grandfather who was actually a choirmaster, among other hats he wore. I love to see Africa’s music industries really think about establishing strong music institutions. The curriculum in today’s modern society should at a minimum include:
1) Music Business and 2) Music Law, beyond the typical music course offerings I am sure these music institutions will offer including opera. Lol!
Good look Sir Shina Peters. I look forward to the execution of your plans.
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