Mrs. Marion Akpata, Director MUSON School of Music

(Piano Majors, Studio Methods)

Mrs. Akpata is a 53 year veteran in music education, with a B.S. degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music of the State University of New York, Potsdam and a Masters in Music (Performance) from Michigan State University.  This American trained musician and teacher first worked in Nigeria in Bukuru and Jos in 1966.  She returned to New York where she taught music until being appointed Principal of Idia College in Benin City in 1974.  In 1976 she moved to Lagos and assumed duty as a Principal Education Officer (music) at Queens College where she stayed for 6 years and rose to the post of Assistant Chief Education Officer (music).  She then moved on to open her own studio, teaching piano and theory.  From 1989 Mrs. Akpata accompanied her husband on his UN assignments as Resident Representative and Resident Coordinator in Swaziland, Ghana and then back to UN Headquarters in New York.  She resumed her teaching career there.  In July 2005 she assumed duty as the Director of the MUSON School of Music with the task of starting the Diploma programme. The Diploma section of the MUSON School has grown and set the highest standards of music educations during her tenure.