Department of Music and Theatre Studies
Founded when Maseno became a university College, the department is a recognized theatre arts department. The department of Music and Theatre Studies is the only department in Kenya that has integrated the performing arts that is music, dance and theatre.
This allows for a holistic approach to the performing arts. At undergraduate level, the arts are integrated at the first two years with specialization in the third and fourth year of study. We strive not only to teach but develop performing arts practitioners who can compete favorably in the performing arts industry. Emphasis is placed on a practical approach enabling students to use what is taught in class to improvise and come up with novel performances from a variety of genres. Here students are taught as a group and individually in a bid to offer specialized instructions that meets individual student needs. As the performing industry continues to grow in Kenya so has the department diversified its curriculum. This has seen the production of plays, mimes, modern dance, improvised plays, narratives, musical plays, cultural dance performances, choral music performances, ensemble instrumental and solo musical performances among students. In addition, students are equipped in music and play production/ composition, directing, and analysis. The department has members of staff who are qualified, seasoned practitioners, dedicated, friendly and hands on. During performances, it is not easy to distinguish staff from students as they perform as one entity. This creates a stronger bond between staff and students and a friendly learning environment. Students have performed and won various awards at the Kenya Drama and Film Festival, Kenya Universities Performing Arts and Film Festival, Kenya Music Festival, UNESCO cultural festival and International Sigana Festival among others.
Whether you are starting or continuing in your performing arts journey, the department is a place for you to have fun. We embrace all who have a passion to sing, dance, act, recite a poem, compose music, write plays, direct plays and analyze or critic works of art. Welcome to the department.