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  • Classics In Nairobi Concert 2022

    Posted in Noticeboard, Events on Jul 01, 2022

    On Saturday 16th July the Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra will put up a one-day concert of classical and Kenyan Folk Music to celebrate our own artists at the Kenya National Theatre...


    Posted in Noticeboard on Apr 10, 2022

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  • End of Term One Concert

    Posted in Noticeboard, Events on Mar 24, 2022

    On Sunday, April 3rd 2022 the Kenya Conservatoire of Music students, ensembles and the prelude orchestra will beat nerves and fear aside to perform at the End of Term Concert, in front of an enthusiastic crowd of family, friends and the Conservatoire community. The prelude orchestra will play songs from different genres from classical, jazz to pop music, while individual students will perform solos of their selection. Click on the title for more information

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The Conservatoire is a non-profit making institution with no religious or political affiliation.

The Kenya Conservatoire of Music exists to promote the teaching and performance of quality music of all styles in Kenya. Equipped with a teaching staff of 35 highly qualified and committed individuals. The Conservatoire’s main focus is to ensure that every interested individual has an opportunity to experience the benefits of learning to play/sing music at an affordable cost. The Conservatoire ensures that the students not only receive first-class, quality training in music, but more importantly that they enjoy the practice and challenges of making music. The lessons are given both at the main branch at the Kenya Cultural Centre, at a Satellite Branch at the Go Down Arts Centre and in various schools that some of the teachers visit weekly. Every year, training is offered to an average of 400 students.

In terms of assessment, the Conservatoire has introduced a number of Diploma options for selected subjects such as Conducting, Teaching and Performance. In addition, the Conservatoire is the Kenyan representative for the Practical Examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). The Director of The Conservatoire oversees the administration of all practical examinations. Over 1800 candidates enroll for these international examinations in various instruments each year.


The Kenya Conservatoire of Music is the International Representative for the ABRSM Practical exams offered annually all over Kenya. These exams are internationally recognized and provide valuable feedback about musical progress to the candidates. In 2014, 2300+ candidates enrolled for the practical exams.

"Why take an ABRSM music exam?"

‘Enjoyment through achievement’ is a phrase that sums up the ABRSM philosophy, and earning an ABRSM certificate is a rewarding experience. If you are working hard to make progress with your music you need some way of recognizing your success and reassurance that you are on the right road. This is exactly what music exams offer:

  • motivation and inspiration, working from a carefully structured syllabus towards a definite goal
  • a measure of personal progress and attainment against internationally recognized benchmarks
  • an objective guide to improve your musical skills
  • assessment by a respected and independent musician who has been highly trained and is constantly monitored
  • sympathetic encouragement
  • performance opportunities
  • a real sense of achievement

Of course, music exams do not suit everyone and exam syllabuses are not intended to provide a complete curriculum or choice of repertoire to the exclusion of all other music. All performers should explore a wide range of music to stimulate their interest and refresh their outlook.

Excerpt from “These Music Exams” by Clara Taylor

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Kenya Conservatoire of Music (Head Office)
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