Decolonizing Church Music Education in the Nigerian Baptist Convention

Authors : Udoka Peace OSSAIGA

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 7 - July

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Church music education in the Nigerian Baptist Convention is mainly provided by foreign missionaries established theological institutions that utilize foreign resources, materials, and methods to promote western cultural idioms through the medium of Christian mission; these idioms, they promote as ideals for worship, and education. Although most of the foreign Christian missionaries have long returned to their countries of origin, their legacies of foreign church music education in the Nigerian Baptist Convention's owned theological institutions have been largely sustained and improved upon by majorly indigenous church music educators who base their acts on the professed conventionality of foreign music idioms in which they were trained, even in 21st century Nigerian Baptist Convention. This paper discusses colonial footprints in the Nigerian Baptist Convention's church music education, and steps to decolonize church music education in the Convention. A decolonized church music education is capable of producing culturally compliant church music graduates and contextualized church music education in the theological institutions.

Keywords : Church music education, decolonization, theological institutions; Nigerian Baptist Convention.


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