Education Minister, Chief of Air Staff Commend SOMEN, Music Professionals, Educators For Meeting Vision 2030

Music can influence people’s culture and identities. Formal music education in Nigeria, which began in the late 19th century, is not yet recognized as an important subject to be studied in the public schools of the nation.

Music educators throughout the country are working to establish music education in schools, incorporate indigenous music forms into the study of music, and improve the training of classroom and specialist music teachers. While there is much work to be done, a good deal of progress has been made toward the goal of offering music education to students throughout Nigeria.

The Society of Music Educators of Nigeria (SOMEN), formerly known as Conference of Music Educators is an academic and professional body established in 1999 for the development of Music Education in Nigeria, at all levels. Apart from organizing Conferences and Workshops, the Association also publishes academic journals and books.

At the 19th Annual National Conference of the Society of Music Educators of Nigeria (SOMEN), hosted by the Directorate of Music, Nigeria Air Force, on Tuesday in Abuja, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Hasan Abubakar, commended the society for noble ideas and key roles in setting standards in promoting music teachings and learning in schools with due considerations also for military and paramilitary training institutions.

The CAS was represented by the Chief of Administration (NAF), Air Vice Marshal Idi Sani, at the event. The conference is with the theme, “Vision 2030 and The Musical Arts Education in Nigeria”, urged music professionals and educators to promote professionalism and national development through music.

He said the event aligned with one of the key enablers of his command philosophy which is, ‘Deliberate Training and Mission Oriented Force Development.

He said the theme was apt in view of the usefulness of music as a valuable tool to achieving development.“It is my conviction that the import of this conference will engender positive ideas that will make significant impact on the society at large.

“Let me therefore, enjoin all participants to deliberate on this forum to acquire more knowledge that will spout better approaches to effectively contribute the development of your various institutions and our dear nation.

“Let me reassure you of our continued support toward ensuring that the capacity building initiatives for improved professionalism would be attained and effect on the development of education in Nigeria achieved with desired results,’’ he said.

On his part the Minster of Education, Tahir Mamman, ably represented by Mrs Esther Obi, said within Vision 2030, the power of music to enrich society, preserve cultural identity, and contribute to economic growth is highlighted.

He said the vision 2030 encompassed prioritising the development of music education programmes, nurturing talents, and promoting cultural heritage through music.

This, he said, could involve initiatives such as curriculum enhancements, funding for musical schools, and creating opportunities for young musicians to showcase their talent internationally by nurturing musical art education.

 Mamman therefore commended SOMEN for their effort in meeting the Vision 2030 concerning music education in Nigeria.

“We all know that music has the extraordinary power to transcend boundaries, unite communities, and inspire change. Through your dedication and passion for music education, you are not only shaping the next generation of musicians, but also nurturing a culture of creativity and expresinclusivity

“Let us also reaffirm our collective commitment to excellence, inclusivity, innovation, and continue to explore new horizons, break down barriers, and empower individuals of backgrounds to discover the transformative power of music,’’ he added.

Earlier in his remarks, the President of SOMEN, Dr Ikenna Onwuegbuna, said the conference agenda is packed with contributions from some of the brightest minds in music, including emerging scholars who are beginning to make their mark via their academic exploits in research, teaching, and community service. 

"Where thriving global economies have shifted from commodity based to knowledge driven, this conference stands as a beacon of knowledge, innovation, and collaboration. 

"Over the next three days, we will delve into an array of sessions, keynotes, workshops, and panel discussions designed to challenge our thoughts, extend our knowledge, and inspire our spirits.

He encouraged participants to engage fully asked questions, challenge the ideas presented, and seek to forge new relationships and collaborations. It is through these interactions that innovation is born and academic communities thrive. "Let us make the most of this wonderful opportunity to learn from each other and to contribute to the advancement of music. 

Dr Ikenna Onwuegbuna therefore thanked the Chief of Air Staff, A. Marshall Hasan Bala Abu Bakr, organizers, volunteers, and sponsors who have worked tirelessly to bring the event to fruition, saying, "Your daily education and hard work have not gone unnoticed, and it is because of your efforts that we can enjoy such a rich and stimulating program."

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