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ABRSM Registration Deadline Countdown


    Posted in ABRSM on Jul 16, 2018

    The registration for the above exam is now on. Entries should be submitted to the Kenya Conservatoire office, on or before 8th December, 2017.

  • Classics at the Godown Fundraising Concert

    Posted in Events on Jul 18, 2018

    The Kenya Conservatoire of Music and the Godown Arts Centre warmly invites you to the Classics at the Godown concert that will be held on Sunday, 22nd July 2018 at the Godown Arts Centre at 3:00pm. The Concert will feature Avery Waite a graduate of The Juilliard School and a Fulbright Grant recipient, American cellist Avery Waite is an active performer and international music education advocate. Avery is the Executive Director of MusAid, a global music education nonprofit which partners with social impact music programs around the world. Avery is also on faculty with American Voices, a US State Department organization and has taught music in Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and India.

  • Masterclass and Fundraising Concert for El Sistema Kenya

    Posted in Events on Jul 04, 2018

    James Lyon and Hannah Emmrich present a masterclass and fundraising concert for El Sistema Kenya on Monday, 30th July 2018 at the Kenya Conservatoire of Music Ballet Studio. Masterclass 2:00 - 5:00pm Concert 7:30pm Suggested entrance fee kes 1,000/-

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About Us

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, both native and expatriate, 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
South B
Next to Car and General