Music is a cultural expression. Consequently, every culture has its own definition of music. Music is also the most widely practiced and accessible in all the arts. It is central to life in much the same way as is culture. What is music in one culture may be share noise in another, and what is noise in one culture may be very meaningful in another.
Following the above, the music studies at Godfrey Okoye University will have a slightly different outlook and approach. It will depend mainly on the western music theories about music in general, but will pay much attention to African (nay Nigeria) music as well as popular music. This is because classical music cannot speak much to this present generation, its focus will therefore be on western art music, Ethnomusicology ( with emphasis on Africa/Nigerian music) and popular music, which is not only more popular with the youths than the adults but also more commercially-oriented. There will be no musical insularism.
Music is a well-known effective agency in the provinces of social development, economic development, multiple opportunities and transmission and inculcation of values. Therefore, the four musical provinces, which include western classical music, ethnomusicology (traditional music), popular or pop music and music education, must be given adequate attention. Classical and western popular music should be explored from the Nigerian and African perspective rather than as it has been hitherto.
The degree programme of the department of music is designed to produce highly competent and qualified specialists capable of assuming leadership roles in the African music industry, ensemble/ theatre directing and management, music education and research, composition and musical instrument technology in both western and African/Nigerian music specializations. Students of the department are exposed to the theoretical and practical concepts and tool necessary for effective work.
- To develop musicianship in the students.
- To provide opportunity for the development of individual talents and aspirations in music.
- To produce skilful, versatile and experienced musicians.
- To produce self-employed persons in the music profession
- To produce teachers of music for the secondary level of education in Nigeria.
- To produce high level manpower for the cultural, media, theatrical and entertainment industry for the general public and the disciplined services (the military, air force, navy, police and the prisons band).
- To provide opportunity for continued education in music.
- To provide manpower of the theoretical or practical kind for tertiary institutions, research institutions, museums, arts councils etc.
- To elevate the status of popular music as a valid musical form that yields both aesthetic and material benefits.
- To organize jazz concerts, popular dance music, traditional songs and dance drama, opera and classical music as well as radio and TV performances for public entertainment.
- To produce musicians who are skilful and experienced in European classical music.