The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has issued a statement advising the government to reinstate music education to the school curriculum. Music education was cancelled from basic schools in Ghana as part of the restructuring of the educational curriculum.
According to MUSIGA’s statement, reintroducing music education has a number of benefits including development of the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning, mastery of memorisation, emotional development, development of creative thinking and enhanced self-confidence.
“The reintroduction of music education at the basic level will provide the necessary training for our talented children, which will help them adequately develop their God-given talents”, said MUSIGA president, Bice Osei Kuffour.
“Since the removal of music education from Ghanaian schools, those interested in music have to pick up the subject at senior high school or university level after the gap in their primary schools”.
The MUSIGA president also notes that with the renaissance of live music in Ghana and venues that provide live music increasing by the day, “the level of musicianship in the country can only continue to improve and Ghana will sooner than later be adequately represented in the global community of music,” the statement reads.
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