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Historically, music as a subject of study in Nigeria has existed since 1842, marked by the introduction of mission schools that created an atmosphere for teaching and practice of European music in Nigeria (Adegbite, 2001:77 and Omojola, 1994:534). The current form of music education, however, takes off from the Nigerian National Policy on Education [1981], which states that “the Federal Government, realizing the importance of arts and culture in the development of science and technology, has given Arts and Cultural Education their legitimate right in the nation's educational system from the primary, post-primary and post-secondary institutions with their educational goals clearly stipulated."

Hence, the subject Cultural and Creative Arts, which comprised, arts & crafts, music, and drama was properly enshrined in both the Junior and Senior Secondary Schools’ curriculum by the National Education Research Council . The music curriculum, which is available only at the JSS 1 and 2 levels, focuses on harmony and counterpoint, aural training, history and literature of music, and performance.

In primary schools, teaching of music is limited to nursery rhymes and singing, with only a few private schools teaching the playing of musical instruments. Some organizations such as the Musical Society of Nigeria's School of Music at Onikan, The Ademiluyi Music Foundation at Surulere, Ten Strings Music Academy also at Surulere, Parara Music School at Egbeda and Masha Music Academy at Victoria Island, all in Lagos, teach children how to play musical instruments and prepare them for formal examinations such as the Associated Board of Royal School of Music, Trinity College in Music, and also the MUSON Theory and Practical music examinations. These institutions have children choirs and orchestras that hold seasonal concerts.

There are also scores of private music teachers offering home teaching services in piano, trumpet, saxophone, singing, and the strings. Youths organizations and para-military outfits such as the Boys’ Brigade, the African Lass & Lasses Brigade, the Salvation Army, and the National Civil Defence Corps organize music and band-training workshops for their members.