The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) is collaborating with the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) to assist individuals with the interest of advancing in music to pursue certificate and diploma programmes.
Mr Ahuma Bosco Ocansey, the Head of Corporate Communications and Special project at MUSIGA told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the programme, instituted in the name of MUSIGA Academy saw the first batch of 100 students graduating in December 2016.
He said students would have the opportunity to specialise in any two of the programmes such as studio specialisation, Centre Stage Grooming and Vocal Techniques.
Others are Western Instruments Specialisation, Traditional Instruments Specialisation, Songwriting Composition and Arrangement.
Mr Ocansey said students would take a core module in Copyright and Publishing, Music Business, Using Information and Communication Technology for Career Development, Survey of Music in Ghana and Music Theory and Musicianship.
Speaking to the GNA, Professor Linus Abraham, the Rector of NAFTI noted that the programme was very relevant to the enhancement of the musical talents in the country.
He said the certificate programmes was the first of its kind in the country, which would be training individuals with the passion of sharpening their music career and for the betterment of their lives.
Professor Abraham said “we need to consciously develop the talent we have in the country” as a way of ensuring the full realisation of our potentials as a nation.
He said “a musician should be able to read a musical score, has to learn the marketing of music” adding that “we want to bring to the musicians, the understanding of the business aspect of music”
The six-month music certificate programme and six-month continuation diploma is receiving applications forms until February 28 for the commencement of the programme in March.