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Department of Music in Delta State University (Delsu) | Student Guide

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Department of Music in Delta State University (Delsu) | Student Guide

The need to establish a music programme in the Delta State University was largely informed by current needs of the Niger Delta community, developmental trends, activities and efforts in the Nigerian music institutions and entertainment industry.

Apart from serving academic purposes, the institutionalization of a department of music in the Delta State University would serve as a veritable platform to harness soaring musical talents among Nigerians, especially those within the Niger Delta region.

There is no doubt, therefore, that this development would effectively serve, engage, and empower the young and the old in meaningful creative process and skill development to better serve the humanity.

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The department started its students’ intake with the Certificate Programme during the 2010/2011 academic year. The B.A. degree programme in music of the department commenced during the 2011/2012 academic year with 40 students, most of whom were graduates of the certificate programme.


The Department of Music, Delta State University, is recognized as the centre of musical excellence in the whole of the African continent.

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The mission of the Department of Music, Delta State University , is to provide an outstanding education for the professional and intellectual development of artistes and scholars in an environment that enriches the human mind and spirit.

The Department of Music seeks to establish musical and academic groundwork for life-long development through programmes that are functional, serviceable, future-oriented, and relevant to the needs, aspirations and culture of the people of Nigeria.

The Department of Music offers programmes leading to the award of certificates, diplomas and degrees.


The rationale behind the establishment of a department of music in the Delta State University  is to create an enabling environment where music as an art can be exposed, expressed, practised, and appreciated.

The curriculum has also been designed to cater for the interest of students who intend to offer a full four-year Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, as well as graduate programmes in music.


The Department of Music, Delta State University which has been designed to accommodate a four-year Bachelor’s degree in such major areas as composition and theory, African music, musicology, production and management, and performance, when established, would provide talented and highly motivated students with theoretical, conceptual and technical skills needed to excel as professional musicians and by extension artists of international repute.

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Taken together, the courses are designed to promote a well-rounded music education. The aim is to produce graduates who are well positioned to meet the demands of a dynamic society. The department comprises a cope of highly trained academics and professionals for these goals.

The objectives of the Department of Music, Delta State University, are as follows:

  • To serve as a cultural centre not only for the University and its community, but also for the larger Nigerian and world community;
  • To  encourage intensive research into indigenous music of Africa, especially the Niger Delta people, and provide opportunity for professional training for musicians in Nigeria;
  • Serve as a cultural and artistic conduit for the people of the Niger Delta in particular and Africa in general;
  • To explore the socio-musical contexts and resources of the peoples of Africa, engaging in and contributing to the advancement of knowledge in traditional, contemporary, and modern music innovation;
  • To attract international interest in maintaining a cutting edge as the centre of musical excellence not only in Nigeria, but also in the whole of the African continent.

What does the Department of Music have to offer?

  •   Connectivity with the community through such fine arts events as concert series: faculty concerts, student concerts, festivals and other university events.
  • Opportunity to improve the cultural life of the students and staff through participation in music activities on campus.
  • Scholarly contributions by way of lectures, seminars, workshops, performances, research and publications.
  •  Interdisciplinary collaborations in a vibrant music community, and
  • Music therapy and rehabilitation clinics

Opportunities for the Graduates

Graduates of Delta State University’s music programmes will be found in schools, universities, worship and art ministries, orchestras, bands, choruses, opera companies, recording studios;

As well as in education ministries, arts organizations and administration, music and art businesses, promotions and retailing, community arts and social development  programmes, museum, music therapy and health care rehabilitation services, and the radio, television and recording industries.


The Department of Music at Delta State University offers undergraduate and graduate programmes leading to the award of the following degrees and diplomas:

Undergraduate Programmes

Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in music with the following areas of specialization:

  •  Composition and Theory.
  • Music Education.
  •  African Music.
  • Arts Business Administration and Events Management.
  • Music Therapy.
  • Sound Recording Engineering and Multimedia.
  • Musical Instrument Technology.
  • Church Music, and Performance:
    Conducting (Choral, Orchestral/Wind Band).
    Keyboard (Piano, Organ).
    Strings (Violin, Viola, cello, Double bass, Guitar, Harp).
    Wind/Brass (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba)
    Percussion (Drums, Xylophones, and other percussion instruments).
  • Certificate (one year intensive) programme in Music.

Professional Development Programmes

These programmes, targeted at individuals who are professionally involved in music and allied fields, cover such areas as:

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  • Sacred Music, Worship and Arts Ministry.
  • Conducting (choral/wind band).
  •  Composition
  • Arts Administration and Events Management.
  •  Audio Recording and Studio Management.

Graduate Programmes

The Department of Music, Delta State University, plans to offer graduate programmes leading to the award of the following degrees:

Master of Music (MMus)

i.   Performance: Applied Music

  • Piano/Organ.
  • Strings.
  • Voice.
  • Wind.
  •   Percussion.
  • Conducting (Choral, Orchestral/Wind Band/Instrumental).

ii. Theory and Composition.

iii. Music Technology (Sound Recording and Multimedia, Musical Instrument Technology).

iv.  Music Therapy.

Doctor of Music (D.Mus.)

i. Performance: Applied Music  Composition.

  • Conducting (Choral, Orchestral/Wind Band/Instrumental).
  • Music Therapy.

Master of Arts (MA) (thesis-based or course-based).

  •    Theory.
  • Music Education (Elementary, Secondary or Special Education).
  •  Musicology.
  • African Music.
  • Arts Business Administratio

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

  • Composition.
  •  Theory.
  • Music Education.
  •  Musicology.
  •  African Music.

Note: Admissions into these graduate programmes are considered on an individual basis. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Department of Music to make sure that supervisors are available for specific areas prior to application for admission.

Delta State University Contact Address

Delta State University
Address: P.M.B. 1, Abraka Delta State, Nigeria
Email: [email protected]
Mobile Contact: +2348134123751

Everything you need to Know about Delta state University

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Delta State University which is popularly known as DELSU, is one of the most prestigious state owned university in Nigeria.

Delsu currently operates a multiple campus system with three distinct campuses, which are about 200 km apart.

The University has its main Campus located at Abraka, Delta State and other campuses in Anwai-Asaba and Oleh which are still in the same state, Delta.

Delta State University is one of the 25 federal universities that is been controlled, overseen and accredited by the National Universities Commission.

As of the time of this post, the University offers a wide range of educational programs, ranging from full time certificate, degree and diploma programs to part time weekend and evening degree programs.

Delsu also offers post graduate studies up to doctorate level.

The University possesses a student/staff counselling centre, an e-learning centre, students and lecturers accommodation facilities, sporting complex and host of other amenities.indoor sport Delta state university

This unique university boasted of about 36,000 student population as at the 2007/2008 academical session.

Frequently Asked Questions about Delsu

We took our time to research about the frequently asked questions about Delsu and came up with a bunch of them.

What is the full meaning of Delsu?

Delsu is an abbreviation for Delta State university.

When was Delsu founded?

Delta state university was established in the year 1992.

What is the motto of Delta State University (Delsu)?

Delsu mottoKnowledge Character and Service.

What is the official website of Delta state university (Delsu)?

The university has two official websites which it uses to disperse information to the public.
www.delsu.edu.ng and www.delsuonline.com

www.delsu.edu.ng offers every thing you need to know about the school such as weekly bulletins, library information, gallery, students admission status, etc.

While www.delsuonline.com offers portal services such as, students and admin logins, printing of school fees receipt, replacement of Lost identity cards, result checking, printing of departmental courses, etc.

Does Delsu offer Scholarships?

Delta state university offers scholarships, bursary, grants and different awards. The University has a special scholarship plan and grants to various categories of students.

Is Delsu a federal or state University?

Delta state university is a state owned university, which is overseen and accredited by the National University Commission

Where is Delsu Located?

Delsu is located in Delta state, Nigeria. It has it’s main campus in Abraka and other campuses in Anwai-Asaba and Oleh.

The History of Delsu

delsu Delta state universityDelta State University(Delsu) was generally recorded as a center of Education.

It began as a Government Teacher’s Training college during the colonial period and a few years into the post colonial times.

Delsu became an educational college that awarded the Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) from the year 1971 to 1985.

The University got affiliated with the University of Benin in the year 1981, and started offering degree programmes from 1981 till 1985.

Before it became the faculty of Education of the then Bendel State University with its main campus in Ekpoma.

The creation of Edo and Delta states in the year August 1991 and the conversion of the formerly known Bendel University Ekpoma, in December 1991 triggered the establishment of the independent Delta State University Abraka.

This move was carried out by the then Executive Governor of the state, Olorogun Felix Ibru on the 30th of April 1992.

Delta State University began with Five faculties at its early stage:Delsu Faculty of Art Complex

  •  Faculty of Education.
  • Faculty of Agriculture.
  • Faculty of Arts.
  • Faculty of Science.
  • Faculty of Social science.

In the year 1995, the State government enacted a policy which enabled the University to posses 3 campuses.Delsu Biology lab

These campuses were distributed within the 3 senatorial districts of Delta state.

As a result of this enacted policy, the main Campus was established in Abraka, and the other campuses were established in Anwai-Asaba and Oleh.

Delsu Campuses and Their Faculties.

Delta State University’s academical programmes/faculties are currently distributed among the Campuses below.

Delsu Abraka Campus

delsu faculty of scienceAbraka is an urhobo kingdom in Delta state, which has been made popular due to the fact that the main Campus of Delta state university (Delsu) is located there.

Faculties in Delsu Abraka Campus.

  • Faculty of Education
  •  Faculty of Art
  • Faculty of Social science
  •  Faculty of Pharmacy
  •  Faculty of Science

Delsu Anwai- Asaba Campus.

delta state university asaba anwaiAsaba is a city found in Delta state, which is located at the western edge of the Niger River.

It is a fast growing urban area which possesses one of the Delta state university’s campuses.

Faculties in Anwai-Asaba campus

  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Accountancy
  • Faculty of Environmental Studies.delta state university

Oleh Campus

Oleh, the headquarters of the Isoko south local government area is home to one of the Delta State University Campuses.

It was established as a result of the amended Edict in the year 1995

Facilities in Oleh Campus

  •  Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of EngineeringPhysics Lab Delta state university

Delsu Hostel Accommodation (Halls of Residence)

The state owned university offers a wide range of accommodation for both post graduate and undergraduate students.

These Halls of residence are distributed through out the various campuses.

Abraka Halls of Residence (hostel)

Male Accommodation

  • Abraka hall for males
  •  Canon Mason Hall for males
  •  Medical hostel

Female Accommodationdelta state university hostels accommodation

  • Council Hall .
  • Eco hall
  • Ethiope hall
  • Medical Hostel
  • NDDC Hall
  • Executive Hostel

Anwai halls of residence (hostel)

Male Accommodation

  • Council Hall

Female Accommodation

  • Asaba Hall
  • Niger Hall
  • NEEDS assessment hall

Delsu Oleh Halls of Residence (hostel)

Male accommodation

  •  Two government hostel
  • Brooklyn hall

Female Accommodation

  • Two Government Hostels
  • Isoko Development Venture hostel
  • Women Affairs Hall

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  1. Jane

    January 5, 2022 at 6:31 am

    Thanks, what is Delta state university’s cut off mark for Music Department?

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