1st TUK Arts Education Postgraduate Symposium

1st TUK Arts Education Postgraduate Symposium

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The Technical University of Kenya, Kenya’s first technical University, is situated in the Central Business District of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Set at the intersection of industry and society, the TUK provides space for scientific, technological and professional training and research in Engineering, applied and social sciences. Music and performing arts are core to the academic, technical and cultural life of the university’s 17,000 student and staff population.

Music and Performing arts forms a core thematic area in the School of Creative Arts and Media within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology. The market trends reveal an ever growing number of music and performing arts players and thus the need for higher levels of teaching, education and research in the arts. This symposium, though focusing on postgraduate studies and students, is among a few such events hosted by the department to date.

The theme of this symposium explores how research impacts on arts policy, practice and teaching. Arguably, research has a crucial bearing on how arts policy is formulated, its practice defined, and teaching strategies constructed and implemented. An appreciation of research strategies, its applicability in specific contexts, in this case arts education, and how its transformative face is fundamental to not only the formulation of policy, but also, the practice and teaching, is imperative for the relevance of arts scholarship. Besides the impact of research, this symposium underscores the connection between arts policy, practice and teaching, and thereby linking education, arts and community. It is notable that policy makers seem detached from the practitioners and teachers. From another view, there also seems to be a disconnect between the practitioners and teachers. Formulation of policy in such scenario is bound to lack connection among the key players of the industry. Importantly, the fourth strand (research) that ought to reinforce practice may be clearly missing in the reciprocal relationship among policy, practice and teaching.

In this inaugural postgraduate symposium, the Technical University of Kenya looks forward to bringing together educators, researchers, artistes, producers, marketers, arts organizations and other practitioners, to initiate a conversation around research, policy, practice and teaching. The symposium further provides a platform for postgraduate students to engage with the realities of research and the ‘real world of work’ where the output of their research is expected to yield results.

Theme and sub-themes

The main theme of the symposium is Research-based arts policy, practice and teaching. Participants can submit their abstracts/proposals under the following sub-themes:

  • Implications for teacher education, teaching and learning;
  • The place of technology in arts education;
  • Arts education in times of disruption
  • Cultural responsiveness in arts education;
  • Emerging trends in arts education in the 21st

Presentation Formats

  • individual or multiple author paper A paper would normally be presented over a 20-minute session. It should contain clear arguments, including a theoretical or contextual underpinning for the information discussed. This can be the outcome of research or a report of practice coming from a single author (individual) or multiple researchers;
  • poster – the outcome of research or report of practice can be presented as a poster in which the main arguments and statements are posited, relying further on visual cues such as diagrams and models
  • workshop – about an hour of activity that involves the participants will likely introduce new concepts in teaching or professional development, thus presenting strategies or proven technical innovations.

The proposals should be on subjects that deal with all areas of the music discipline and connected disciplines. Postgraduate students are encouraged to submit a proposal which may form part of a mentorship workshop for postgraduates.

The working language will be English. The deadline for applications is January 15th, 2023. Applications should include an abstract of not more than 300 words and a short Bio. The applicants will receive notification regarding the acceptance of their proposal by 22nd January, 2023. Full papers should be submitted by March 10th, 2023, to allow for the preparation of discussions.

Kindly fill and submit the application form by January 15th 2023 . Send a copy of the abstract and short bio to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further information will be posted on this Symposium webpage : https://tukenya.ac.ke/eap-symposium

More About the Symposium

Theme: Research-based arts policy, practice and teaching

Dates: 14-16 March 2023

Venue: The Technical University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

Call for Papers


Symposium Programme (Draft)

Symposium Diary


  • Implications for teacher education, teaching and learning;
  • The place of technology in arts education;
  • Arts education in times of disruption
  • Cultural responsiveness in arts education;
  • Emerging trends in arts education in the 21st

Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof. Jean N. Kidula – University of Georgia, USA
  • Prof. David Hebert - Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway
  • Prof. Marshall Haning - University of Florida