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UNIVERSITÉ FÉLIX HOUPHOUËT-BOIGNY, ABIDJAN Department of Performing Arts, Music and Musicology.






Street Address:

BP V34, Cocody in Abidjan 01, Ivory Coast


+225 22 488 939


Undergraduate program


Licence (=Bachelor). Three years. Studies in musicology, with some emphasis on musics of Africa. Age limit of 23 years.


Graduate program


Maîtrise (2ème cycle). In musicology, music education. Doctorat (3ème cycle).

Institution Notes:

The University was founded in 1964. In 1996 the state-owned National University of Ivory Coast was split into three separate universities: the University of Cocody in Abidjan, the University of Abobo-Adjamé, also in Abidjan, and the University of Bouaké in central Côte d’Ivoire. In 2012, after a year of closure, the University of Cocody in Abidjan was reopened and renamed Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny. Language of instruction is French.

Country Notes:

Music was traditionally passed down via an oral tradition that also encompassed the concept of dance. After the French occupation attempts to impose a European concept of listening to music and writing it have only been partially successful. The most effective music education remains that of oral tradition in the family or local community from elder to younger. MUSIC IN SCHOOLS. Music is included in the primary curriculum, but is frequently not taught due to a lack of effective teacher training and sometimes a lack of interest from teachers. At secondary schools the music curriculum was based on the French model of singing, music theory and history of European music but has more recently been 'Africanised'. However with the lack of specific detail in the national syllabus and still with the elements of the earlier French system still in place it has not been eagerly embraced either by teachers or students. Several private schools offer private and class music training, and these include the International Community School of Abidjan and the An informative article by Jacques Thomas Le Seigneur on music education in Ivory Coast may be found at

Last Updated:

September 2019