Iruoma A. Ugoo-Okonkwo, Chinyere C. Esimone, Alexander W. Erhiegueke


Voice alternatively referred to as singing is an aspect of Individual Performance Studies(IPS), a course of study in the music department of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Singing is an integral part of the music as a discipline that many attribute good voice or good singing to brilliance/excellence in music. The status of voice piece learning by students was explored concerning the actual practices and attitudes being exhibited by the students. The analytical tools applied were frequency, percentage and chi-square (c2 statistical inference technique. The population was about one hundred and ninety of second, third and final year students of the department, while the actual sample used was sixty of the students' population. The analysis was done using tables for the research questions and responses to the questionnaire. The findings showed that voice/singing was considered a necessary skill to acquire by all music students but some students have a disposition to the fact that it should not be necessarily made compulsory for all. It is recommended that students should be encouraged to show more interest and commitment towards the learning and performing of their voice pieces since they are expected to be well acquainted with singing as music undergraduates. Also because singing forms a part of their course of studies throughout their study years and as such, they will be evaluated on it.


Keywords: Singing, Individual Performance Studies(IPS), voice pieces, IPS voice teacher, IPS voice student, Accompanist, Evaluation.

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