DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC AND DANCE

 


INTERNAL LINKS
The Department of Music and Dance falls under the School of Visual and Performing Arts. The courses we offer in Music service students in other departments. For instance, the link with department of Theatre and Film Technology, Fine Arts and Special Education.

EXTERNAL LINKS

Our department has forged linkages with various external institutions. These include:Nesna University (Norway), Volda University (Norway), Kyambogo University (Uganda), The German Embassy (Kenya), The American Embassy (Kenya), The Finish Embassy (Kenya), Goithe Institute (Kenya),Polish Embassy (Kenya),Mainz University (Germany), IPAL (Institute of Performing Arts Limited (Kenya) and the University of Ghana (Ghana).

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

A good number of staff are members of PASMAE.

ACADEMIC STAFF SPECIALISATION
The Department of Music and Dance has well qualified staff of 19 professionals. Their specialisations include: Music History, Music Composition, Music Performance, African Music and Ethnomusicology, Music Research.

SPECIALTY AND BRANDING
The department has earned international recognition. This recognition is due to the fact that this is one of the few Music Departments in Africa, which offers a wide variety of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We have continued to update our programmes to reflect current market needs. We make sure that our students are well prepared for the opportunities that currently exists in the job market and that the degrees we offer enable them to compete effectively for various job opportunities in the market.

RESOURCES

The resources that are available in the department include a resource room containing various music equipment and books, a computer lab in which students are instructed on the use of computers for music composition. The department also has a sample of music instruments for African and Western Music.

STUDENTS PROFILE

Most of our students are fresh from High School and are admitted through Joint Admissions Board (JAB) or through the Self-Sponsored Programme (SSP). We also admit Primary and High School teachers who attend their classes during vacations. We have a fair balance in terms of gender with the number of females and males students in the department.

STUDENT DESTINATIONS
The students who take Bachelor of Education (Music) option mostly end up in the teaching profession in both Private and Government schools.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMMES

  • Certificate In Music

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • Be holders of either KCSE agrregate C-(minus) or its equivalent.
  • Have proof of musical activity e.g. choral training for Kenya Music Festival at regional or national level, membership to Armed Forces marching band, Symphony Orchestra, Church Choir, indegenous dance groups, or any other performing ensembles.
  • Performance experience at the level of cerficate in Piano, Guiter or Voice or Choral directing from a recognized authority.
  • All applicants will be auditioned to verify their profiency / qualification for admission into the Certificate Course.

EXAMINATION

  • All University regulations shall apply.
  • Lecture-based units shall be assessed through 30% Coursework and 70% written University examinations.Units that are purely practical in nature (e.g. Musicianship) shall be examined wholly by continuous assessment (100%).Assessment of performance oriented units shall consist of 40% continuous assessment and 60% project / performance presentation.
  • In order to be allowed to sit for an examination, the student must attend atlest 2/3 of the lectures for every unit in a semester.Failure to do CAT shall lead to failure in the unit.
  • The pass mark for all examinations shall be 40%
  • A candidate who fails all the reistered units in a semster shall be discontinued.
  • A student can sit for a maximum of three supplementary examinations in any given semester.A candidate who fails a supplementary examination in a unit shall not be awarded a Certificate.

 

DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES

  • Diploma in Music

ENTRY REQIUREMENTS

  • Be holders of KCSE aggregate grade of C with atleast a C+(plus) in Music, or a Certificate in Music of Kenyatta University, or its equivalent.
  • Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music(ABRSM) Grade Five theory and Grade Four practical, or its equivalent.
  • Proof of established Musical activity.
  • All applicants will be audition to verify their profiency / qualification for admission into the diploma course.

CERTIFICATION

At the completion of the course the student will be awarded a Diploma in Music.

 

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

  • Bachelor of Music(Technology)
  • Bachelor of Music(BMUS)
  • Bachelor of Education(Music)

Students taking Bachelor of Education (Music) combine Music with other subject areas. Those taking Bachelor of Music are full time music students.


STUDY MODE AND DURATION
The department offers regular courses and school based programmes at undergraduate level. All these programmes take four years (8 semesters) to complete Students take University examinations at the end of every semester.

GRADUATE PROGRAMMES

  • Master of Arts (African Music)
  • Master Of Music Education
  • Master of Musical Arts(Perfomance)
  • Master of Music (Composition)
  • Master of Music (Musicology)
  • Doctor of Philosophy(ph.D)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A)

STUDY MODE AND DURATION
The Masters programmes take atleast two academic years to complete and Ph.D programmes take between three to four years for full time candidates and four to six years for part time candidates. Both Masters and Ph.D Programmes include extensive research in various aspects of music. For Masters Programme students take coursework, examinations and thesis or coursework, examinations and project. Those admitted for Ph.D are expected to develop proposal and conduct research in various aspects of music

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