Nsukka Journal of Musical Arts Research
- Nsukka Journal of Musical Arts Research (NJMAR)
- Editor: Prof. Christian Onyeji
Members: Dr. Mrs Mary-Vivian Anya-Njoku (Treasurer) Dr. Ikenna Onwuegbuna (Secretary/ICT Co-ordinator) Dr. Adebowale Adeogun (Reviews Editor) Dr. A.O. Adeogun/I. Onwuegbuna (Musical Scores/Discography Editors) Rev. Sr. M.T.O. Keke (Business Manager)
Prof. R.C. Okafor, Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu
Prof. D.C.C. Agu, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
Prof. A. Adegbite, Bowen University, Iwo
Prof. E. Mbanugo, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
Prof. G.E. Idolor, Delta State University, Abraka
Prof. Caroline Van Niekerk, University of Pretoria, RSA
Prof. Johannela Tafuri, Conservatorio Da Bologna, Italy
Prof. O.K. Oyoku, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Dr J. Mokwunyei, University of Benin
Dr Chris Agbedo, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Dr Ngozi Udengwu, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Prof. Elsie Ogbonna, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Language Editor
Prof. Emeka J. Otagburuagu, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Language Editor
Nsukka Journal of Musical Arts Research
Department of Music,
University of Nigeria,
Nsukka, Enugu State,
- Nsukka Journal of Musical Arts Research is a peer reviewed journal that aims to combine ethnomusicological, musicological, music education, technological and performance based research in a unique way to promote the musical arts of Nigerian and Africa. The journal aims to increase the scientific understanding of all aspects of music and the related arts. It encourages specialized and broad-based research in all aspects of the musical arts both from the musical perspective and from the perspectives of other related arts disciplines. This includes studies in listening, performing, creating, analyzing, learning and teaching as well as applied social, developmental, attitudinal and therapeutic studies.
Submissions may be theoretical critical papers or original empirical investigations containing systematic qualitative and quantitative analyses of relevant data. Original full papers and reviews that present studies on Nigerian and African music and socio-cultural issues from the musical perspective are particularly welcome. Articles that address the interface of music and other arts disciplines in meeting the challenges of social and cultural dynamisms of our contemporary society are also encouraged. Emphasis would be placed on theoretical studies that present new insights to the musical component of Nigerian or African culture more than on expository studies that seek to present basic information.
It particularly accepts articles on the broad scientific and creative issues on Nigerian, African and world music as may be relevant to the growth, expansion and development of the musical arts discipline in the Nigerian context.
- The journal which was started in 2012 has two volumes already published and the third volume is currently being edited. It is published annually for now.
- The Department of music hosted an independent website where the journal was listed but the constraint of funds did not enable the website to continue running. At the moment the journal is distributed in hard copy.
- Yet inchoate, the journal has done very well when the calibre of contributors and the quality of the articles are considered. It receives articles from established professors in music within and outside Nigeria. It promises to be a very strong ‘voice’ for the dissemination of music research and ideas globally, if provided the needed financial and managerial support it requires. At the moment, the journal depends on individual financial contributions for its sustenance. The Editor occasionally commits personal funds to ensure the publication project is unbroken. Its strength lies in the scarcity of music journals in the country, giving the hope that it would be sustainable if given the right kind of support and visibility. It is currently suffering financial constraint and visibility.
- With the name and standing of this University and the fairly lack of available local journals of music across the country, this journal suffers no serious threats. It rather presents a welcome and desired opportunity for the growing number of music and other arts scholars and academics in the country to present their research positions, views and findings. The younger generation of academics are particularly targeted for mentoring through this journal while carrying the research views and positions of the established researchers. The journal stands a better chance of reaching out to international and global scholars of music, if it could be given the required standing, visibility and support. International and Africa Diaspora scholars are in need of local journals to provide them with first-hand research information and collaborations that they can rely on, if they are made available to them. My assessment is that the journal would be a success and could transform to an international journal (as originally planned) in the shortest possible time, if it is supported.
- The capacity of this journal could be enhanced if the global music scholars, researchers and academics realise that it is an institutional journal supported by the University and hosted on the website. It would at once attract international subscriptions and contributions from across the globe. The journal also needs impacts factor assessment/ranking which the University can take up. Also, the journal is begging for financial support to enhance its processes and reduce the personal payments made by contributors. This would make it competitive and enhance contributions by scholars.