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2024/2025 JAMB Music Syllabus & Recommended Textbooks

Preparing for the 2024/2025 JAMB Music CBT Examination? Look no further! In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the essential details you need to excel in your Music exam – from the key topics outlined in the JAMB Music Syllabus to the recommended textbooks that cover these subjects thoroughly.

2024/2025 JAMB Music Syllabus: What You Need to Know

The JAMB Music examination aims to evaluate candidates’ understanding of both simple and complex aspects of music. To help you navigate the exam successfully, familiarize yourself with the following key topics:

  1. Key Signatures and Scales
  2. Chord Indications
  3. Simple Musical Terms, Signs, and Abbreviations
  4. Determination of the Key of a Piece of Music
  5. Elementary Composition
  6. Evolution and Development of Popular Music
  7. Nigerian Traditional Music and Other Arts
  8. History and Literature of African Music
  9. History and Literature of Western Music
  10. Nigerian Traditional Musical Instruments
  11. Intervals
  12. Kinds of Motion
  13. African Art Musicians and Popular Musicians
  14. Modulation
  15. Music Forms and Media
  16. Nigerian Folksongs
  17. The Staff
  18. Time/Time Signature

To access the complete 2024/2025 JAMB Music Syllabus in PDF format, click here (insert the link).

Recommended Textbooks for JAMB Music 2024/2025

To supplement your preparation, consider studying the following recommended textbooks, which extensively cover the topics outlined in the JAMB Music Syllabus:

  1. Akpabot, S. E. (1986). Foundation of Nigerian Traditional Music, Ibadan: Spectrum.
  2. Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (1958). Rudiments and Theory of Music, London.
  3. Cole, W. (1969). The Form of Music, London: The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
  4. Echezona, W. W. C. (1981). Nigerian Musical Instruments, Enugu: Apollo Publishing Ltd.
  5. Ekwueme, L. (1993). Choir Training and Choral Conducting for Africans, Lagos: Lenaus Advertising and Publishing Company.
  6. Holst, I. (1963). An ABC of Music, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  7. Hosier (1961). Instruments of the Orchestra Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  8. Hunt, R. (1960). Elements of Music.
  9. Inanga, A. (1993). Music for Secondary Schools Vols. I and II, Ibadan: Spectrum.
  10. Kamien, R. (1990). Music: An Appreciation, London: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company.
  11. Kennedy, M. (1985). The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music, (Third Edition), London: Oxford University Press.
  12. Kitson, C. H. (1978). Elementary Harmony Book 2, London: Oxford University Press.
  13. Kofoworola, Z. O. And Lateef, Y. (1987). Hausa performing Arts and Music, Lagos: Nigeria Magazine.
  14. Lovelock, W. (1953). A Concise History of Music, London: Bell and Hyman.
  15. Lovelock, W. (1996). The Rudiments of Music, London. G. Bell and sons Limited.
  16. Machlis, J. (1977). The Enjoyment of Music, New York: W. W. Norton.
  17. Mensah, A. A. (Undated). Folksongs for Schools, Accra.
  18. Morris, R. O. (1974). The Oxford Harmony, Vol. I, London: Oxford University Press.
  19. Nketia, J. H. (1974). African Music, New York: W. W. Norton Company.
  20. Palmer, K. (1965). Teach Yourself Music, London: The English University Press Limited.
  21. Reed, H. O. (1954). Basic Music: A Basic Theory Text, New York: N. Y. Mills Music Inc.
  22. Taylor, E. (1989). The Guide to Music Theory, London: The Associated Board of The Royal School of Music.
  23. Warburton, A. O. (1955). Graded Music Course for Schools, Books I–III, London: Longman.


With the right resources and a dedicated study plan, you can confidently tackle the JAMB Music exam. Ensure you thoroughly cover the syllabus topics and utilize the recommended textbooks to enhance your understanding. Best of luck in your preparations!

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