Online Music Classes You Can Enrol For

As the world is navigating a new chart due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are looking to reposition themselves as it will no longer be business as usual.

Top of this list comes personal development, everyone is using this time to be better at their skills, jobs , crafts etc, so they can be be better prepared for what lies ahead in their industry of choice.

If you are an aspiring musician , or you trying to gain more ground by learning new skills to what you have already, so as to take your career to a new level, you can enrol for any of our 1 month high quality online courses in:

Singing, Piano, Guitar, and Drums taught by industry experts at the SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary Music.

These are intensive classes that are designed to teach you what you need to know, to better equip you in your chosen field in music. The instructors will also be available to assist you after the course.

To inquire or register for any of these online music courses, please call 08091900700 and we would be glad to speak to you.

SPAN & SCOA Nigeria PLC Rewards Volunteer Trainee Instructor at SPAN with Full Scholarship

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“Hard work does not go unnoticed, and someday the rewards will surely follow”…And so that day has come For Wisdom Ukpe Udeoka Justin who began his journey with us At SPAN as one of the pioneer students of the SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary Music. After his training, Wisdom served with the foundation for 2 years without pay and even volunteered at SPAN events with the kind of dedication and commitment we can only marvel at. He later became a trainee instructor at the academy.
In 2015, as a reward for his dedication towards the preparation of the prestigious SPAN@10 celebrations, Wisdom was given full scholarship to study and obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts at the renowned Lebanese American University in Lebanon.
As he leaves us today to begin his scholarship studies at LAU, we at SPAN will miss him greatly. We appreciate him deeply for his tireless devotion towards our pursuits and we thank him for honoring us with his contributions towards the music academy. We look forward to his future accomplishments in the performing arts.
We would like to specially thank SCOA Nigeria PLC for sponsoring this project. Also Dr Nashat Mansour and Dr. Nadra Assaf of LAU for partnering with us to make it happen. 

 

SPAN Presents the Musical Masterpiece – ‘Block 13’

As the Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) continues to dazzle Nigeria with groundbreaking performances as seen during SPANFEST 2015, the organization is set to enchant the public yet again with its captivating production ‘Block 13’ – A Tale of Hope, Love & Wonders, which will be showcased during the MUSON Festival 2016 on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the AGIP Recital Hall, the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

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‘Block 13’ is the gripping story of a group of people who lives different lives, have different aspirations but found themselves bound together by the common hope they found in the apartment, Block 13. It is a mesmerizing plot filled with chart-topping songs and dance (which SPAN is famously known for) that will keep you on the edge of your seats.

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Sarah Boulos, the founder of SPAN said “Block 13 is the story that everyone will relate with. It shows us that within every sphere of our lives, even if things aren’t the way we want them, there is always that glimmer of hope, that in the end, everything will turn out right. It is a show worth watching”

‘Block 13’ is family –friendly, entertaining and inspire the creativity within.

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For information and booking,call 08093561000, 08093571000, 08091900700 . You can also send us a mail on info@spanigeria.org

 

 

 

The Night We Made You Speechless!

It was a night to remember when The Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) took people on a magical music ride with “Speechless – A Musical Adventure”!

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The audience experienced a heart pumping, finger snapping, musical adventure night with jazz masters like Tee Mac, Bright Gain, The Venus Bushfires, Victor Ademofe, Olufunmi and Jerry Omole as they took them on an unforgettable journey of music and sounds…

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The Venus Bushfires opened the show with her unusual yet captivating brand of music, which took people back to old beautiful memories of Africa.

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Olufunmi, a gospel artiste with deep strong roots in Jazz led people back to the history of Jazz and how it started in America and evolved through the years. Now what made this performance thoroughly enjoyable was that as she introduces each artiste that had influenced Jazz  at their time, she immediately proceed to sing and mimick their style of jazz and vocals. She even performed Louis Armstrong ‘s “What A Wonderful World” in his gruff voice! She was accompanied in beats by SPAN’s music band.

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Then came the Multitalented Victor Ademofe on stage and got a thunderous standing ovation with his expertise on both the trumpet and the konga drums.

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Jerry Ademofe  got the audience moving to his music with the saxophone, playing recognizable Jazz people identified with.

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Jazz musician and SPAN’s head of Academy, Music and Contemporary jazz, Bright Gain also performed  with the guitar.

Closing the show was Tee Mac, the Jazz Master himself who played amazing music with the flute and got people reminiscing.

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Head of SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary Music, Mr Bright Gain

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SPAN's Head Drummer- Papa Ray

SPAN’s Head Drummer- Papa Ray

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… And SPANFEST 2015 Was Here

Ladies and Gentlemen, what a festival it was!

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Starting with performing art workshops, followed by interactive classes and performances, and then presenting events using various tools of the performing arts which included Dance, Music, Spoken Word, Visual art, Theatre and Comedy, SPANFEST 2015 revealed an understanding and awareness of a community’s historical diversity and cultural context.

The Festival kicked off with TEN days of intensive performing art workshops between November 7th – 16th, 2015 with international professors that will unveil the new voices in our Nigerian artists using the mediums of dance, music and drama.

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It was followed by five performance nights which showcased the diversity and richness of our culture and heritage. The grande finale was a family community experience. It started with the SPAN academy graduation ceremony which had both SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and SPAN Academy of Dance graduating students showcasing what they have learnt from SPAN with spectacular performances. It closed with “Voice Of The Voiceless”; a final performing art production gathering 200 dancers, musicians, and actors on one stage.

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Intensive workshops, Exciting performance shows… SPANFEST 2015 remains the biggest Music, Dance and Drama Festival to ever hit this side of the planet.

We will be giving you more details on each event and how it all went down! Stay tuned!

Welcome to SPANFEST 2015

SPANfest 2015 gives Voice to the Voiceless in Society 

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Following the successful series of events to mark its 10th Anniversary, the Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) has unveiled creative plans for the second edition of SPANfest starting from the 7th to 22nd of November this year.  The SPANfest creative committee held a press conference at Eko Hotel and suites in Lagos, to outline activities for the fifteen day community festival tagged ‘Voice Of The Voiceless’ The objective of SPANfest is to build communities and change lives via entertainment.

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SPANfest is a combination of workshops and groundbreaking presentations with various mediums of the performing arts to achieve memorable breathtaking Music, Dance, Spoken Word, Visual art, Theatre and Comedy. The first nine days will be for intensive performing art workshops with international professors, followed by five performance nights to showcase diverse cultural heritage and a grand finale with 200 dancers, musicians and actors on one stage.

According to the founder of SPAN, Mrs. Sarah Boulos, “I have faith that SPANfest 2015 will also rekindle in our community a desire to invest in performing art education and performances to sustain a vibrant and healthy environment in our Lagos – the city we cherish. Only then will Lagosians live and experience the full potential for which they were created and find purpose as well as a sense of significance in their city.”

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Boulos, added that the festival will reveal an understanding and awareness of the historical diversity and cultural context of the people as it crisscross the city from SPAN Hub – The Agidigba Community Centre in Lagos Island to the Ocean View Marquee in Victoria Island.

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Other activities lined up as part of SPANfest 2015 are the Movements in Moments, A Musical Adventure, Hear Word, Performing Arts Management and Motivational Talks, The Era (Era of Legends) and the Voice of the Voiceless – a performing art piece of music, dance and drama.

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The Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) has the vision to build a performing arts centre in Nigeria where young people are educated, empowered and presented as performing artists with their God given art. Over the last decade, SPAN has acquired considerable expertise in the performing arts through the presentation of several shows, empowering more than 500 artists and over 10,000 children in its community.

SPAN is a registered non-governmental organization founded in 2004 with the Helen O’Grady franchise in schools. It offers different classes of training which ranges from Music to Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, Creative Combo, Drama, Contemporary African, fitness, Naija Craze, Salsa and Latin Ballroom dance for beginners, intermediate and professionals.

 

 

Learn and Play!

Did you know that learning to play a musical instrument has many benefits including the ability to bring down stress? You may think that you are past learning but it’s never too late to pick the guitar, piano, violin, drums, etc and learn how to play it! These are reasons why everyone should learn to play a musical instrument.

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  • Relieves Stress :  Studies show that playing an instrument helps in lowering the heart rate and blood pressure, which in turn lowers the stress hormones, thus making us feel relaxed.
  • Improves Memory:   Music and memory go hand in hand. Learning to play a musical instrument makes you both parts of your brain and this in turn boosts memory power.

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  • Teaches Discipline, Responsibility & Perseverance:  Learning to play an instrument takes time and effort which results in your learning patience and perseverance.  To get a musical phrase or an entire song down with as few mistakes as possible takes great focus and repetition. Since it is such a challenge, this teaches you self-discipline and the importance of maintaining a steady practice schedule.
  • Fosters Self Expression and Creativity: Stuck in everyday routine lives, many of us lose touch with our creative side. Learning to play a musical instrument, especially when you reach advanced levels can foster lost creativity. Since music education plays on your mental, emotional and cognitive abilities, the brain is stimulated to think out of the ordinary, which results in improved confidence level and creativity.

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  • Fun: Playing a musical instrument can bring back the fun factor into your life. Music has the special quality to bring joy, peace and fulfillment that helps lift the spirit and make life enjoyable  for everyone involved.

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Spreading the immense joy that music brings to all who wish to learn, was what motivate The Society for the Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN)  to set up a music academy –SPAN Academy of Jazz and Contemporary music with the aim of helping aspiring people learn music and to learn also how to play different musical instruments.