Maseno University

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The Master of Arts programme in music is designed to cover the areas of History of Music, Music Theory and Composition, Ethnomusicology, Music Performance and Music Education. It aims at advancing scholars' skills and knowledge in order to produce music specialists who are competent to participate in national, international and executive arms of public and private enterprises, as well as in the music industry.


The programme is designed to:

(a) enhance utilization of the skills acquired in stimulating creativity in the performing arts;

(b) train musicians who will contribute to the development, promotion and preservation of the performing arts in Kenya and elsewhere through research, publication, teaching and performance;

(c) produce graduates who are able to undertake Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree studies in their respective areas of specialization.


To be admitted for the M.A. Programme in Music, the applicant should:

(a) satisfy the minimum Maseno University entry requirement for the Master of Arts

degree (M.A.)

(b) be holders of a first degree, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Education (Music),

Bachelor of Arts (Music), Bachelor of Science (Music), or its equivalent from a

recognized University.


The M.A. Programme in Music shall normally extend over a period of two years

distributed over four semesters (for full-time students) and a maximum period of four years (for part-time students) from the time of registration.


(a) Candidates shall be required to pass in all the prescribed courses in a given programme. The pass mark shall be 50%.

(b) A written examination shall normally constitute 60% of the total marks in each course; continuous assessment tests based on essays and other tests as may be prescribed by the department, shall normally constitute 40% of the total marks;

(c) Practical examination (vocal, instrumental or construction of a musical. instrument) shall be examined and shall constitute 60% of the total marks; practical continuous assessment shall be 40% of the total marks.

(d) The thesis, to be submitted at least twelve weeks before the end of the fourth semester of examination, shall be more than 40,000 words, but not exceeding 50,000 words.

(e) The project work shall normally be examined out of 100%.

(f) A student of M.A in Music Performance will be required to give a minimum of one (1) hour of public performance in addition to the presentation of the research project at the end of the course. Final presentation 50%; project 50%.

(g) The composition option will be 100% project work examined by the candidate submitting a folio of an original composition of works covering different styles, or for a major instrument or vocal work in Western, African or any other notable idiom.


The M.A Programme in Music shall consist of course work, examination (written papers, composition, and practicals), and thesis. Candidates will take courses leading to either M. A in Music Performance; or M.A. in Music Theory and Composition; or M. A. in Music History or M. A. in Ethnomusicology.

� Courses are weighted in units. A unit is defined as one-hour lecture or a two-hour tutorial or a three-hour practical per week per semester.

� In the first semester, candidates will take 4 Core courses (12 units) and 2 units of Research Methodology

� In the second semester, candidates will take 3 Core courses (9 units); and 2 units of Research Proposal.

� In the third semester, candidates will take entirely 9 units of Research work.

� In the fourth semester, candidates will take 9 units of Research work and submit the thesis.

� Students who wish to take extra courses over and above the required number of units can do so from the electives.