Music Instructional Methods and their Impact on Curriculum Implementation: A Case of Selected Secondary Schools in Nairobi County (Kenya)



This book is as a result of an in-depth research which considers that the heart of curriculum transfer and transformation is in the classroom and therefore is relevant to all the stakeholders of music education. It serves as a basis for assisting the stakeholders in a number of ways. Firstly, it enlightens curriculum designers and policy makers on the achievement of music education goals, gives feedback to the curriculum developers and provides a rationale for reviewing the scope and content and instructional methods of the music curriculum in the Kenyan 8-4-4 system of education. Secondly, it prompts K.I.C.D and MOEST to in-service music teachers in Kenyan secondary schools that undertake the 8-4-4 music curriculum, for effective implementation. Thirdly, music teachers are bound to get insight on proposed strategies that would enhance effective implementation of the music curriculum and the development of music as a subject in general. The findings also sensitize music teachers on the need to explore the methods and techniques advocated in the ‘K.I.E Music Syllabus, 2002‘ and the ‘Teacher’s Handbook for Secondary Music‘. Moreover, the work adds to the existing knowledge in music education and forms a bank of information for other music scholars.

Joyce M. Mochere is a graduate principal teacher II. She holds a Masters Degree in Music Education from Kenyatta University. She Teaches Music, English and Literature at Mangu High School where she serves in different capacities as HOD House Mistress, Head of the motivational team for students, Teachers’ and students’ choir trainer, Music and English Subject Teacher, Music Subject Head, Music Club Patron, Teacher of Integrated English and a leader in the Christian Union. She has worked as a Mount Kenya University Music Lecturer in Dadaab in collaboration with the Association of Volunteers in International Service (AVSI) and was Part of the Writing Panel that wrote Music Teachers’ Guides for Form Three and Four on behalf of Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development. She is a K.M.F Adjudicator, K.C.S.E. Music Supervisor and Assessor, Trainer, Composer and Adjudicator in Kenya Music & Cultural Festival, and Kenya’s Representative in Italy (September, 1999) on the Theme: ‘Europe, Asia, Africa – Women Making Music both Sacred and Profane’. She is a composer, praise and worship leader in church and also trains church choirs.


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