2024/2025 JAMB Music Syllabus & Recommended Textbooks

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You can now download the complete JAMB Music Syllabus 2024/2025 and the recommended JAMB Music Textbooks here on this page. This information is for students preparing for the 2024/2025 JAMB CBT Examination. The JAMB Music Syllabus and textbooks are what candidates will need to study properly for the JAMB Music exams.

2024/2025 JAMB Music Syllabus

The JAMB Music examination is designed to test candidate’s ability to understand the simple, basic and more complicated aspect of Music. As such, candidates are expected to have wide knowledge about the topics provided on the JAMB Music Syllabus.

Here is a list of the 2024/2025 JAMB Syllabus for Music:

Key signatures and scales
Chord Indications
Definition of Simple Musical Terms, Signs and Abbreviations
Determination of the key of a piece of music with or without key signature NOT exceeding two sharps and two flats
Elementary Composition
Evolution and Development of Popular Music
General knowledge of the features and forms of Nigerian traditional music and other arts
History and Literature of African Music
History and Literature of Western Music
Instruments; Nigerian Traditional Musical Instruments
Kinds of Motion
Knowledge of the Lives and Music of the following African Art Musicians
Knowledge of the Lives and Music of the following African Popular Musicians
Knowledge of the Lives and Music of the following African Traditional Musicians
Music Forms and Media
Music Notes/Rests and their Corresponding Values
Nigerian Folksongs, Types, Forms and Characteristics
The Staff
Time/Time Signature (simple and compound time signatures), the Correct Grouping of Notes and Barring of Unbarred Passages


There are also recommended textbooks for the 2024 JAMB Music Examination to be read by candidates in other to help prepare them thoroughly for the exams. These recommended textbooks will cover the topics provided in the JAMB Music Syllabus extensively.

JAMB Music Syllabus Recommended Textbooks

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


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