Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Albini Saragu

PhD Candidate in Music Psychology

Being an educator and musician by interest, training and practice, Albini chose to pursue his PhD studies in the Applied Psychology of Music due to its relevance and wide application in Education, Music and Psychology. He holds a prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship which enables him to pursue his PhD project on “Designing Children’s Music Activities Using Multicultural Musical traditions” co-supervised by Dr. Karen Burland and Dr. Luke William Windsor. Through his PhD project Albini has been able to establish the current status of Music Education in Tanzania which forms a strong foundation to his study. He explores stakeholders’ views and attitudes towards the importance of music in different ethnic groups in Tanzania and the ways in which the variety of multicultural musical traditions and resources can be used in designing children’s music activities.

Biography

Albini graduated at the University of Dar es Salaam in Bachelor of Education (Arts) with honours in 2006 where he was employed as tutorial assistant in the Department of Educational Psychology at the Dar es Salaam University College of Education while embarking on M.A. Education with a dissertation on ‘the role of music activities in pre-primary schools’ co-supervised by Professor Akundaeli Mbise (Psychology) and Professor Mitchel Strumpf (Music). He learnt music informally through peers while in secondary school and outside the education system where he still engages himself in singing with different choirs as composer, choral conductor and organist. Intrinsically motivated, Albini continued learning music before joining the Bachelor of Education in Arts at the University of Dar es Salaam where he formerly studied music while also pursuing ABRSM Piano examinations up to grade five in addition to the internal university examinations. Albini is currently an assistant lecturer in Educational Psychology and Curriculum Studies at the Dar es Salaam University College of Education. He also worked as an assistant lecturer and Piano instructor at the Department of Fine and Performing Arts of the University of Dar es Salaam since 2008/2009 to 2011/2012.

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