An Assessment of Music Education Needs Among Orthodox and Pentecostal Church Choristers in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria


  • Eyitayo Soretire University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Adebowale Adeogun University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria



Music education, needs, orthodox and Pentecostal


This study assessed the requirements for music education among Orthodox and Pentecostal churches in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. Based on the quantitative research method, multi-stage sampling procedure was used to select 367 choristers from Abeokuta metropolis, Ogun State. Structured questionnaires were used for data collection and subjected to descriptive statistics at 5% level of significance. The results indicate that choristers within the age group of ≤ 40 in Pentecostal churches outnumbered their counterpart in Orthodox churches. Although female choristers dominate church music practice broadly, the number of people within the household range of 1–5 among Pentecostal choristers (81.8%) was greater than those found in Orthodox churches (75.4%). Whereas a little more than half of the membership (50.4%) received University education, a majority (80.7%) had ≥ 20 years of experience. A significant relationship existed between the necessity for church music education and choristers’ demographic characteristics such as age (c2 = 5.393), educational status (c2 = 14.722), voice parts used (c2 = 14.883) and years spent as choristers (c2 = 7.132). Similarly, there was significant difference in the mean rating of respondents’ need for music education across churches (t = 1.028; p < .05). Taken together, church music education is strongly advised for all churches. It is recommended that self-discipline must be strengthened particularly among Orthodox choristers for meaningful development as well as meeting the needs for church music education.


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Author Biographies

Eyitayo Soretire, University of Nigeria, Nsukka

Soretire, Eyitayo Aderonke is a lecturer in music at Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. She obtained her M.A. (Music) from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and currently about to defend her PhD thesis in music education in the same University. She has been working with musical arts education in Nigeria. She has some national and international publications in the area of music education and African music to her credit. Her research interests include areas of Music Education, African music and Ethnomusicology.

Adebowale Adeogun, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria

Adebowale Oluranti Adeogun is a senior lecturer in music at University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He received his DMus degree in music education from University of Pretoria, South Africa. His interest is to bridge music, education, ethnomusicology and the arts. He has been working in music history, musical heritage and musical arts education in Nigeria. He has published both nationally and internationally in the area of African music and music education. He has served as a member of the editorial boards for national and international journals. His research interests include areas of Music Education, Performance, Composition and Ethnomusicology.



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How to Cite

Soretire, E., & Adeogun, A. (2021). An Assessment of Music Education Needs Among Orthodox and Pentecostal Church Choristers in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. Malaysian Journal of Music, 10(2), 29–44.