Music is an important aspect of life and culture. It is a significant means of expressing and interpreting human experience, which involves the whole person: physical, mental, spiritual and social. Music education is one of the many means, which human beings have created, for building a society where the harmonious blending of the physical, spiritual and mental makes all members of the society equal.


The first higher institution of music in Ethiopia was founded in 1954 by the then Ministry of Education & Fine Arts as a full-fledged state-owned learning center for music training in the country. Its former name, the National School of Music was officially changed to Yared School of Music in 1969. In 1999, Addis Ababa University took over the administration of the school and its program was upgraded to a Bachelor of Arts degree level. Despite the socio-economic and cultural situation that Ethiopia had been through in the past decades, the YSM has registered significant progress in terms of accomplishing its goals through training young music professionals, music teachers, researchers and performers who through their talent have impacted the cultural, intellectual, and socio-economic life of their society both locally and in international arts forums.


Today higher institutions of different regional states of Ethiopia are opening music departments to meet the goal of the national demand of enhancing quality music education in higher learning institutions of Ethiopia. The ultimate goal of these music departments is to increase the number of skilled professionals in the area of music and related trades. The School has exerted maximum efforts to apply state-of-the art musical instruments, along with the employment of highly skilled teachers. Today a large number of graduates of music work in government and private cultural centers and educational institutions as music performers, arrangers, composers, teachers and researchers and they are contributing much to the development of Ethiopian music.


The graduates with a B.A Degree in Music are expected to acquire wide-ranging conceptual, practical and methodological competencies that shall prepare them for undertaking the following tasks:

Perform different types of music

Teach music at various governmental and non-governmental educational institutions

Develop and undertake music research at various institutions

Analyze Music

Engage in music production

Function effectively in managerial positions in various governmental and non-governmental institutions and cultural centers

Consult in national policymaking and implementation in areas of music exercises at different tiers of government administration, encompassing the local, regional and federal levels

Serve as music experts



Addis Ababa University College of Performing and Visual Arts