If there is a search for anything called “serious” in Music, then it is “Classical Music”; because it follows long-established principles rather than a Folk, Jazz, or Popular tradition.
Classical Music was written in the European tradition during a period lasting approximately from 1750 to 1830, when forms such as the symphony, concerto, and sonata were standardized.
Even though other genres of music like Afro Hip-Hop, Pop, Ragae etc. have a lot followership In Nigeria, the Muson, also known as the Music Society of Nigeria, has not relented in its efforts to promote Classical Music in Nigeria and the world over.
If the essence of establishing the Musical Society of Nigeria is to promote: performance of serious music, education of children in performance and theory, understanding and enjoyment of classical music, grant diploma in music to aspiring artists of classical music; one won’t be far from the truth to say it has achieved its aim.
Classical Artists, Kaline and Adedeji who are products of Muson both affirmed that, classical training is the best foundation for any musician who wants to have a long time career.
They made the statement while speaking as guests on the programme “Today on STV”, emphasizing that, Classical Music teaches about discipline, how to compose, write and read music.
Kaline said she started playing the piano at age five, after getting a foundational platform from Muson and proceeded to England for further studies based on the scholarship she got.
Adedeji also said, he started his foundation from the Muson Center, after writing the graded exam, went to Ibadan Ploy to study Music Technology and attended Unilag for a few semesters,
The Musical Society of Nigeria (MUSON) was established in 1983, in the site of the former “Love Garden” (prior to the unveiling the centre’s facilities by Prince Charles in 1995)
It was also founded as a result of the commitment and dedication of some distinguished Nigerians and expatriates to stimulate the love and awareness of the richness of classical music in Nigeria, especially Lagosians.
Adedeji, who has also done the London College of Music exams and studied Jazz at the Netherlands, revealed that he creates music and try to write his story.
The classical artist Adedeji, who titled his second album “Africanism”, has 20 tracks recorded in five countries and was picked as no 3 on the Japan World Music.