School of Music and Performing Arts



Prof. Wanyama Mellitus Nyongesa (PhD, HSC)
Founding Dean, School of Music and Performing Arts

The School of Music and Performing Arts at Kabarak University has one of the most robust array of music programs to be found anywhere in the Eastern Africa Region Employment opportunities for the graduates of our music programs abound in the market.

We expect graduates from our programs to work as directors of music in churches and schools, lecturers and researchers in the departments of music in universities and colleges, as well as music artists in the church and in the society.

All our programs are founded on Biblical Christian values and seek to produce graduates with practical and intellectual skills relevant to the needs of present and future generations. Our programs ensure that students acquire skills using modalities that encourage reflective learning through quality holistic education, research and community service.

Dean's Profile

Professor Mellitus Nyongesa Wanyama, is a holder of PhD in Ethnomusicology from University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is a Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology. He also holds BA and Master of Philosophy in Creative Arts and Linguistics from Moi University, Diploma in Music Education from Kisii College (Now Kisii University) and Certificate in Education (P1) from Mosoriot Teacher’s College.

On 12th December 2013, he was awarded Head of State Commendation (HSC) award, by H.E. The Fourth President of Kenya, Hon. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, at State House Nairobi, for exemplary service in Education, Research Culture and Musical Arts Education in Kenya, Africa and beyond.

Until his appointment as the Founding Dean, School of Music and Performing Arts at Kabarak University, he was the Head and founder of Music Studies at Moi University, Eldoret. He was also the Music Director at the same University.

He is a music educator, composer, arranger, choral trainer, dance choreographer and adjudicator of music and dance. For 26 years, he has taught music and dance at primary, secondary school and University levels. So far, he has published 36 articles in peer-reviewed and refereed journals and book chapters. He has also authored 3 research-based books in his area of specialization. Currently, he is authoring 5 books in which he is documenting his 80 music compositions and arrangements which he has composed since 1989.

In February 2014, he was appointed by His Excellency President Moi, Chancellor Kabarak University to chair the panel of music education experts to develop Kabarak University School of Music and performing arts curriculum.

  • Certificate in Music
  • Diploma In Music
  • Bachelor of Music Composition
  • Bachelor of Music Production & Technology
  • BA in Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Music Church
  • Bachelor of Arts in Church Music & Technology
  • Master of Music Education
  • Master of Music Composition
  • Master of Musicology
  • Master of Church Music

Mode of Application

Application forms and further details are available from the Admissions offices or website (click here).
Duly completed forms should be returned to any of those offices with a non-refundable fee as follows:

Bridging - Kshs.500,
Pre-University and Undergraduate - Kshs.1000,
MBA - Kshs.1500

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