HomeInternational Journal of Education Research for Higher Learningvol. 24 no. 2 (2018)

Advancing the UIC Music Program and Music Education: The Timyas Tinig Musika Recognition in Focus – Part 1

Renan P. Limjuco | Mary Jane G. Barluado | Monique Tagaytay | Monica Balibay



The University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC) Music Program has existed for more than 60 years now. However, despite being the only HEI in the Davao region that offers Music degrees, the UIC Music Program has remained unpopular. Hence, the UIC Music program and the Research, Publication, and Innovations Center (RPIC) collaborated in this research to pilot giving the Timyas Tinig Musika Recognition to Davao region artists who have exemplified pure love for singing and commitment to showcase elements of musicality, leading to the promotion of Davao as a domain of artists who can inspire the younger generations through music. This mixed method participatory action research was conducted to draw out valid insights for Music Program curricular enhancement, thus provide basis for action plans leading towards development of a relevant, dynamic, and responsive Music program curricula in UIC, and institutionalization bestowing of a Music Recognition. By focus group discussion involving the Music Program faculty and selected students, eight themes emerged with existing aspects of the Program for curricular enhancement. The findings of the study provide basis for strategic action plans for the development of a more responsive, sustainable, and innovative Music Program curricula.