The Department of Music in the University of Calabar, was born out of curiosity to have a place of study for those who love music and who are interested in its study, but who have not obtained academic knowledge in Musicology. The proposal went through rigorous stages before it was finally approved by the University Senate in 2014. It did not inherit any students unlike other Departments, but students who out of one reason or the other were turned down in other Departments of the Faculty of Arts, were accepted for the initial take-off of the Music Department in the 2016/2017 academic session. A few lecturers were already on ground.
In this academic session, twenty one (21) students were admitted to the Department to kick start in this academic programme. The Department is domiciled in the fourth (4th) floor of the University Library where staff and students manage to stay and have their lectures. Hence, Musicology, as a field of study in the Arts and Sciences has formally been introduced in the University of Calabar, Calabar - Nigeria.
The Department has as its pioneer members of staff the following lecturers:
Caroline A. Etim, Ph.D - Pioneer Lecturer/Ag. Head of Department
Mr. Adriel V. Chiori - Graduate Assistant
Mrs. Blessing Arihi - Graduate Assistant
Mr. Oluyinka A. Osunrinade - Music Technologist
Dr. Karen A’hamefu