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Dr Benon Kigozi holds a Doctor of Music degree from the University of pretoria, South Africa. He is Head of the Department of Performing Arts and Film at the School of Liberal and Performing Arts in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences of Makerere University, having previously served as Head of Music at Africa University in Zimbabwe. He is Honorary President and Secretary General of the Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education (PASMAE), a Past PASMAE President for two terms. Benon is a past International Society for Music Education (ISME) Board member and current member of the ISME History standing Committee, founding member of ISME Young Professionals Focus Group, ISME New Professionals Forum, and the ISME Advocacy Committee. He is Chair for Music in Africa Foundation, a member of International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), International Jazz Association (IJA), and National Association for the Study and Performance of African American Music (NASPAAM). Benon serves on various editorial boards, and as Artist in Residence he has conducted workshops at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in South Africa, Stockton University and Texas Tech University (TTU) in the United States. His current research is in artistic citizenship, music technology, arts education, musical arts composition. Benon has participated in various research projects, most notable include research on Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development funded by UNESCO, research in Arts Rights and Justice funded by UNESCO, and the instrument building and repair project of Music in Africa Foundation funded by Siemens in partnership with Goethe Institute, Germany. Benon has won various international and regional awards. He is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) of Rotary International, he won the National Arts Merit Award (NAMA) of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, the Chicago Black United Methodist Pastors, Outstanding Music Ministry Award and St. Mark United Methodist Church, Chicago. USA, for Outstanding Performance Award Benon is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) of the Rotary Club of Kololo, and as jazz pianist, he has performed in 14 countries across the world. Benon is also a golfer.