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Bachelor of Arts (Music)

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC

The Bachelor of Arts (Music) program takes cognisance of the importance of music in human society. Music is integral to
all facets of human activity and therefore deserves a central place in our curriculum. The program introduces students to
the theoretical issues in music, the different types of music and their evolution, as well as equipping them with skills
to compose and analyse Develop the skills to read and write different genres of music.

First Year

First Semester

Code

Title

Units

SAS 101

Introduction to Reading and Writing Skills (Required)

3

SAS 102

Computer Literacy and Skills (Required)

3

LTF 110

Artistic Expression (Required)

3

LTF 111

Music and Society (Required)

3

MUS 110

Theory & Practice of Music I: Chord Structure (Core)

3

MUS 111

Introduction to Music & Dance (Core)

3

*Any one of the following:

FMS 110

History of Film

3

LIT 110

Introduction to Literature

3

THE 111

History of Theatre I (Africa)

3

PHL 110

Introduction to Philosophy of Human Nature

3


Second Semester

Code

Title

Units

SAS 104

Social Science Perspectives on HIV and AIDS (Required)

3

LTF 120

The Motion Picture (Required)

3

LTF 121

Introduction to Performance (Required)

3

MUS 120

Theory & Practice of Music II: Principles of Modulation (Core)

3

MUS 121

Introduction to Western Music (Core)

3

*Any two of the following:

LIT 120

Reading & Writing Skills in Literature

3

FMS 120

History of Contemporary Film

3

THE 120

History of Theatre 2: Europe & Asia

3

PHL 120

Introduction to Logic

3

PRT 120

Introduction to Ethics

3

SOC 101

Psychology of Individual Development & Social Life

3

LIT 120

Reading & Writing Skills in Literature

3

Second Year

First Semester

Code

Title

Units

SAS 201

Introduction to Research Methods (Required)

3

LTF 210

Fundamentals of Literature I – Drama (Required)

3

LTF 211

Art and Communication (Required)

3

MUS 210

Composition Studies and   Practical Musicianship I (Core)

3

MUS 211

African Music and Dance (Core)

3

MUS 212

Western Music II:   From Bach to Beethoven (Core)

3

*Any one of the following:

LIT 211

Fundamentals of Literature II – Poetry

3

THE 211

Script Making and Interpretation

3

FMS 211

Film Analysis

3

PHL 210

Classical Logic

3

LIN 210

Introduction to Sociolinguistics

3


Second Semester

Code

Title

Units

SAS 202

Critical Thinking (Required)

3

LTF 220

Issues in Kenyan Theatre (Required)

3

LTF 221

Issues in Kenyan Cinema (Required)

3

MUS 220

Composition Studies and Practical Musicianship II (Core)

3

MUS 221

African Musical Instruments (Core)

3

*Any two of the following:

LIT 221

Fundamentals of Literature IV– Oral Literature

3

FMS 221

Acting for the Screen

3

THE 221

Dance Drama

3

PHL 223

Feminist Philosophy

3

LIT 221

Fundamentals of Literature IV– Oral Literature

3

FMS 221

Acting for the Screen

3

Third Year

First Semester

Code

Title

Units

SAS 301

Contemporary Gender Issues (Required)

3

LTF 310

Research Methods in the Humanities (Required)

3

LTF 311

Art and Psychology (Required)

3

MUS 310

Theory and Practice of Music III:The Chromatic Scale (Core)

3

*Any one of the following:

FMS 312

Television Journalism

3

LIT 314

European Drama I

3

THE 312

Radio & TV Drama

3

LIN 313

Theories of Editing

3

PHL 311

African Philosophy

3


Second Semester

Code

Title

Units

SAS 302

Entrepreneurship and Accounting (Required)

3

LTF 320

Copy Writing (Required)

3

MUS 320

Introduction to Ethnomusicology (Core)

3

MUS 321

Western Music IV:The Modern Period (Core)

3

*Any two of the following:

LIT 328

West African

3

FMS 320

Film Directing

3

THE 320

Technical Theatre III: Costume Design

3

LIN 323

Editing Skills

3

PHL 320

Aesthetics

3

Fourth Year

First Semester

Code

Title

Units

SAS 401

Policy Analysis and Project Management (Required)

3

LTF 410

Discourses on African Art (Required)

3

LTF 411

Literary Journalism (Required)

3

MUS 410

Advanced Form and Analysis (Core)

3

MUS 411

Ethnomusicology/Musicology Project (Core)

3

MUS 412

Music and the Media (Core)

3

*Any one of the following:

LIT 411

The African Novel

3

FMS 410

Educational Television

3

THE 412

Drama and Theatre in Education

3

PHL 410

African Aesthetics

3

HIS 401

Issues in African Historiography

3


Second Semester

Code

Title

Units

SAS 402

Disaster and Conflict Management (Required)

3

LTF 420

Discourses in African Cinema (Required)

3

MUS 420

Computer Based Music (Required)

3

MUS 421

Church Music and Hymnology (Required)

3

MUS 422

Popular Music (Required)

3

*Any two of the following:

3

FMS 422

Media and Public Relations

LIT 421

Major Literary Movements

3

THE 421

Entertainment Management and Marketing

3

PHL 420

Philosophy of Language

3

PHL 421

Political Philosophy in Africa

3

Objectives/Admission

The programme aims at:

  1. Appreciation of the various genres and styles of music.
  2. Devel op a central  rol e for music in all  human endeavours
  3. Nurture artistic creativity.

Duration of Programme
The BA Music degree programme shall normally take four years.

Admission Requirements
Students must have attained a minimum of grade C+ at KCSE in music in addition to meeting the other general university admission requirements.

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