About Us

PASMAE serves music educators across Africa, by running conferences and sub-regional conferences, by assisting to preserve music and culture in African countries, by publishing and disseminating research, by supporting practical musicians in the sharing of resources and best practice methods.

PASMAE is an advocate for music and musical arts in Africa, giving support in the form of advocacy materials to individual music educators as well as institutions at all levels.

The Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education (PASMAE) was initially founded as PASME, the Pan African Society for Music Education, in Zimbabwe in August 2000. The first edition of the newly named PASMAE Constitution and Bylaws was approved at the conference in Lusaka, Zambia
in 2001. PASMAE has gone from strength to strength over the past 17 years.

Mission Statement

PASMAE will concern itself with the promotion of Musical Arts Education throughout Africa. It is constituted as an autonomous society that operates on a non-profit basis and is the representative arm of Africa in ISME.

The purpose of the Society is to foster music and arts in the education of people of all ages throughout Africa; to enable all such people to enjoy music and to take part freely in community music activities; to provide a forum for discussion, debate and advocacy of musical arts education related matters, and to assist music educators in the preservation, promotion and teaching/learning of the music cultures of human society while developing creative and competent musicians for the contemporary world.

The Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education (PASMAE) was initially founded as PASME, the Pan African Society for Music Education, in Zimbabwe in August 2000. The first edition of the newly named PASMAE Constitution and Bylaws was approved at the conference in Lusaka, Zambia
in 2001. PASMAE has gone from strength to strength over the past 17 years.

PASMAE promotes Musical Arts Education throughout Africa. It endeavours to foster music and arts in the education of people of all ages throughout the continent, enabling all such people to enjoy music and to take part freely in community music activities. Providing a forum for discussion, debate and advocacy of musical arts education related matters, it assists music educators in the preservation, promotion and teaching/learning of the music cultures of human society while developing creative and competent musicians for the contemporary world.

PASMAE believes that lived experiences of music, in all their many aspects, are a vital part of the life of all people. PASMAE's mission is to enhance those experiences by:

  • building and maintaining a worldwide community of music educators characterized by mutual respect and support
  • fostering global intercultural understanding and cooperation among the world's music educators
  • promoting music education for people of all ages in all relevant situations throughout the world.

Our Executive Committee

Tochukwu Eze Elijah

Eze Tochukwu Elijah

Tochukwu Elijah Eze hails from Abia State in Nigeria. He graduated from the University of Nigeria, Alvan Campus, in 2003. He was the music director for Winner’s Chapel choir Owerri dioceses from 2000-2003
and Winner’s voice’s Damaturu, Yobe State, from 2004-2005 before travelling abroad in 2006. Since reaching Swaziland in February 2006 he has served as his church’s music director.

Recruited in 2007 to serve Sifundzani schools as head of the music department for both primary and high schools he taught both schools concurrently for nine years (2007-2016). In 2016 he handed over the primary school music department to a colleague while remaining focused on the high school, where he continues serving as the head of the music department since 2007, teaching IGCSE and AS music. Since 2014 he has also been a member of the school’s management team.

Married in 2007, Eze has three beautiful daughters. In 2011 he was ordained a pastor in Winner’s Chapel Mbabane, assisting the senior pastor. In 2015, he became a PASMAE member.
Contact Eze on email at president@pasmae.co.za

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Benon Kigozi

Dr Benon Kigozi is a senior faculty member at the Department of Performing Arts and Film of Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Previously Head of Music at Africa University in Zimbabwe, he is President of the Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education (PASMAE), President of the Uganda Society for Musical Arts Education (USMAE) and Chair of both MusiConnexions Uganda and the Music In Africa Foundation on Education and Content.

Kigozi has served on the Board of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) and is a member of the National Association for Study and Performance of African American Music (NASPAAM) and of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA). An ISME member since 2002, he has participated in its conferences as presenter, founding member of the Young Professionals Focus Group and New Professionals Forum and member of both the Advocacy and History Committees.

Benon publishes extensively as well as serving on editorial boards including the Journal of Musical Arts Education Board. He has delivered keynote addresses at Regional PASMAE Conferences in Nairobi, Nelspruit, Paarl and Kampala; at the NASPAAM Conference in Birmingham, and at the annual Ethnomusicology Symposium in Dar es Salaam. As visiting lecturer, he has presented research papers and conducted workshops at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Texas Tech University (TTU), University of Dar es Salaam, Cambridge University, Kabarak University, University of Pretoria, Kyambogo University, University of Glasgow, Delaware State University, Stockton University, and in other countries including Greece, China, Malaysia and Italy. He has been Artist in Residence at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in South Africa.
As jazz pianist, Kigozi has performed in fifteen countries around the globe. His current research is in technology in music education.
Contact Benon on email at pastpresident@pasmae.co.za

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Mellitus Nyongesa

Mellitus Nyongesa Wanyama is currently a Professor of Ethnomusicology/Musicology at Kabarak University in Kenya where since August 2015 he has served as the Founding Dean, School of Music and Performing Arts. During the 2017 PASMAE conference in Mbabane, Swaziland, he was voted in as President Elect of PASMAE.

Prior to moving to Kabarak University, Wanyama taught for over 10 years undergraduate Music and Dance courses in the Department of Literature, Theatre and Film Studies at Moi University, where he was the founder of Music studies. He was also the Chairman of the Panel that drafted Music courses for the new School of Music and Performing Arts at Kabarak University.

A music educator, composer, arranger, choral trainer, dance choreographer and adjudicator of music and dance, Mellitus is the Founder and Executive Director of Utafiti Foundation Publishers – a Research and Documentation Centre – where he is the Chief Editor www.utafitifoundation.com. He is also Editor-in-Chief of African Musicology Online www.africanmusicology.com.

Wanyama holds a Certificate in Education (Mosoriot Teachers College), Diploma in Education (Kisii College), BA and MPhil degrees (Moi University) and a doctorate in ethnomusicology from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

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Dorette Vermeulen

Dorette Vermeulen obtained her BMus degree and Performers Licentiate in Piano while studying at the University of Stellenbosch. Continuing her postgraduate studies at the University of Pretoria, she completed the BMus (Hons) (cum laude), MMus (cum laude) and DMus degrees. Her focal research area is community music involvement projects which form an integral part of tertiary and post-graduate music education programmes in the Department of Music at the University of Pretoria where she is appointed as senior lecturer.
As post-graduate supervisor for students specialising in music education, she draws on her research to implement innovative practices. Music as a performance-based art requires unique and advanced artistic skills to be developed in both learners and music teachers, and the challenges as well as benefits and values of these skills are being investigated. She has co-authored several music resource books for teachers including two commissioned by the Western Cape Education Department.

Additionally, Dorette has published articles in accredited journals as well as read papers at national and international conferences. She is passionate about music education and exploring the possibilities offered by community music outreach projects to provide quality music experiences to all.

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Bibian Kalinde

Bibian Kalinde has 14 years of teaching music in tertiary institutions. She has been a lecturer at the University of Zambia since 2010. She completed her PhD and Master’s degrees at the University of Pretoria and her undergraduate studies at Kenyatta University. Her research interests are in music education in tertiary and early childhood education. In recent years, she has focused on methodologies that incorporate music, play, movement and storytelling for teaching children in early childhood education.

She has collected and documented several Zambian play songs and, in collaboration with other researchers, written on why music of the mother tongue should be promoted in early childhood learning settings. Apart from her current position as vice-president for PASMAE (central Africa), Bibian is an ISME member and has served in the executive for the Zambia Association of Music Educators and as advisor for the Zambian Association of Musicians. She is the conductor and leader of the University of Zambia choir and founder of Sauti Music Education and Consultancy Services. Her future pursuits include finding ways of incorporating informal and non formal ways of teaching music in formal learning settings.

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John Chitambo

John Chitambo is Head of Music at the International School in the Seychelles. He holds a BA Honours degree (BMus) in music education from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He also holds a Music teachers’ Diploma from Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce in Lusaka, Zambia. John is currently pursuing a Masters degree (MMus) in Music education from the European University Cyprus. He is also Grade 8 certified in Violin, Saxophone and Piano performance by the music examinations body Trinity Guildhall in London.

John attended the PASMAE 2017 Conference in Mbabane, Swaziland where he was elected as a Vice-President of PASMAE and will serve on the PASMAE Executive Committee for 2017-2019. His bid to host the PASMAE Conference in the Seychelles in 2019 was successful, so he will also serve as Conference Chair for PASMAE 2019.

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Dr Zenda Nel

Dr Zenda Nel holds a DMus from the University of Pretoria on the research topic Implementing a Western Classical music listening programme for teacher training through integrated arts in Early Childhood Development. She has spoken at ISME Conferences in Pretoria, South Africa in 1998, Bologna, Italy in 2008, Beijing, China in 2010 as well as in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2012.

Zenda has been the Operations Manager of PASMAE since 2013 and has been a presenter at PASMAE Conferences in Kenya in 2003, Botswana 2011, Uganda 2013 and South Africa in 2015. She has been involved in numerous outreach projects since 2009 of which the most exciting one was a Music Education Project in a Youth Prison in Pretoria.
Contact Zenda on email at secretarygeneral@pasmae.co.za

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Honorary Life Members

  • Caroline van Niekerk (2015)
  • Meki Nzewi (2015)
  • Judy Thönell – Honorary President (2017)

Constitution

PASMAE derives its authority from its membership, who empowers the Society to act on their behalf in advocacy, coordinating and advisory roles in matters concerning Musical Arts Education and its practice in Africa. It is furthermore bolstered by its status as an ISME affiliate, and in turn by ISME's position relative to the IMC (International Music Council) and UNESCO.

The Society shall canvass the recognition and support of world as well as African bodies such as the African Union, UNESCO and the IMC in the execution of its objectives. Individual African governments will also be approached to give encouragement to the formation of national music education associations where none currently exist, or to support the affiliation of any such society, as the case may be, with PASMAE, for the mutual benefits imperative.

PASMAE Constitution as unanimously approved by the PASMAE General Assembly, 1st July 2017, Mbabane, Swaziland

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Constitution

Approved by the PASMAE General Assembly

1st July 2017

Constitution Img

2017 General Assembly Minutes

9th PASMAE Conference

1st July 2017