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    Posted in Noticeboard, ABRSM on Dec 05, 2021

    Click on the above title to download the flier. In line with its mission of Promoting Excellence in Music Education and Performance, the Kenya Conservatoire of Music is offering a series of short courses in Music Theory, Guitar and Singing starting January 2022. These courses aim to create a forum for amateur musicians /trainers to receive professional formal training that will eventually lead to international certification by ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) The Conservatoire prides itself in offering high-quality music education affordably and is very pleased to offer this opportunity to all manner of students. For quality control purposes and to keep in line with the ministry of health guidelines on social distancing, a limit is placed on the number of participants who can take part in each course. Enrolment will take place on a first come first serve basis.


    Posted in Noticeboard on Dec 04, 2021

    Which musical skill would you like to attain? Join our exapanded music tuition program that is engaging students in opportunities across a broad musical range. The Kenya Conservatoire of Music offers individual tuition on any instrument of your choice. Each student is assigned to a tutor for each individual tuition session, at the same time every week. The contents of the curriculum are tailored to each individual student. The student is then expected to practice the concepts learned within a lesson and to return the following week to proceed to the next topic. Daily practice by the student i...


    Posted in Noticeboard, ABRSM on Aug 12, 2021

    We're a recipient of ABRSM's 2021 International Sponsorship Fund! ABRSM created their annual International Sponsorship Fund (ISF) in 2012 as part of its commitment to inspire musical achievement and support music education globally. All chosen projects provide high-quality musical training experiences....

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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)
Kenya Cultural Centre
P.O. Box 41343 - 00100
P: 0720 962 288 / 0737 227 903
Kenya Conservatoire of Music (Go Down Branch)
Go Down Arts Centre
Off Dunga Road
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