2024/2025 JAMB Music Syllabus & Recommended Textbooks

Are you gearing up for the 2024/2025 JAMB CBT Examination in Music? Look no further! We’ve got the complete lowdown on the JAMB Music Syllabus and the must-have textbooks to ace your preparations.

2024/2025 JAMB Music Syllabus:

The JAMB Music exam is crafted to evaluate your understanding of both the basic and intricate facets of Music. To help you succeed, here’s a breakdown of the topics covered in the 2024/2025 JAMB Music Syllabus:

  1. Key signatures and scales
  2. Chord Indications
  3. Definition of 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. General knowledge of 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. Lives and Music of African Art Musicians
  14. Lives and Music of African Popular Musicians
  15. Lives and Music of African Traditional Musicians
  16. Modulation
  17. Music Forms and Media
  18. Music Notes/Rests and their Corresponding Values
  19. Nigerian Folksongs, Types, Forms, and Characteristics
  20. The Staff
  21. Time/Time Signature

To supplement your preparation, dive into these highly recommended textbooks that 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. Inanga, A. (1993). Music for Secondary Schools Vols. I and II, Ibadan: Spectrum.
  8. Kamien, R. (1990). Music: An Appreciation, London: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company.
  9. Kennedy, M. (1985). The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music, (Third Edition), London: Oxford University Press.
  10. Kitson, C. H. (1978). Elementary Harmony Book 2, London: Oxford University Press.
  11. Kofoworola, Z. O. And Lateef, Y. (1987). Hausa performing Arts and Music, Lagos: Nigeria Magazine.
  12. Lovelock, W. (1953). A Concise History of Music, London: Bell and Hyman.

For a comprehensive list, check out our article on JAMB Music Syllabus Recommended Textbooks.


We wish all candidates the best of luck in their JAMB Music Exam! If you have any questions regarding the 2024/2025 JAMB Music Syllabus, feel free to ask in the comments. Don’t forget to share this valuable information with your friends on social media. Happy studying!

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