Title/Qualifications: Dr. (PhD in Music Education)
Department/Unit/Section: Music & Dance
Contact Address: P.O. BOX 43844-00100 Nairobi
Position: Lecturer
Area of Specialization: Early childhood music education; Multicultural music; Music and culture; Vocal studies in music
Research Interests: Interdisciplinary studies in Music and Education; Music and Philosophy; Music and the other arts; Vocal skills and pedagogy; the relationship between Music and health; Music and intergenerational studies; Vocal studies in music
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Dr. Elizabeth J.A. Andang’o is a lecturer in the Department of Music and Dance since 1998. Her area of focus is music education and performance. Her other responsibilities in the Department include Examination Coordination and ISO coordination. She is a qualified ISO Internal Auditor. She is also a Board member of the Confucius Institute at Kenyatta University. Elizabeth has also previously served in the committee of the KU graduation magazine, the Tribune, between 2004 and 2006. On the international front, Elizabeth has served as a Commissioner (2010-2016) with the Early Childhood Music Education Commission of the International Society of Music Education. So far she has attended 6 ECME conferences (Taipei, Taiwan (2006); Frascati, Rome (2008); Beijing, China (2010) Corfu, Greece (2012), Brasilia, Brazoil (2014) and Ede, The Netherlands, (2016) where she retired from the Commission after completing her term. She also attended the respective ISME conferences in Kuala Lumpur; Bologna; Beijing; Thessaloniki, Porto Alegre and Glasgow. Other Conference attendances include RIME (Research in Music Education) at the University of Exeter, England (2007 & 2011), and Creativity in the Arts in New Jersey, USA (2010). On-going research activities include a Canadian Funded project, Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS), a collaborative Project she joined in 2010. She is part of the Project’s Sub-Theme 3.1 on Singing and Intercultural Understanding. She has attended 3 annual meetings of the Project in Canada (Toronto, 2013; Prince Edward Island, 2012; Newfoundland, 2011). Additionally, Elizabeth was part of African Music Education Project (AMEP) 3 years ago, with colleagues from Technical University of Kenya; Maseno University, Kenya; Pretoria University, South Africa and Zambia.  Her research interests include early childhood music education; multicultural and intercultural issues in music education; curriculum development in music; integrating music across the curriculum; vocal pedagogy; psychology and sociology of music; and, cultural diplomacy through music.

Conference Presentations

  • An Analysis of Research Methodology Applied in the Quad-country AIRS Project: The Case of Kenya (Glasgow, 2016)
  • Influence of Home, School and Places of Worship on Children’s Musical Identities (The Netherlands, 2016)
  • Orality in Preschool Music Education in Kenya (2014)
  • The AIRS Quad Country study on Singing and Intercultural Understanding: Brazil, Canada, China and Kenya (presentations in 2011; 2012; 2013; 2014); Project is ongoing
  • Sunday School, Carnival and Classroom: Investigating their Interactions and the Resultant Confluence in Preschool Music Education in Kenya (2010)
  • Pedagogy in Early Childhood Music Education in Kenya (2008)
  • MyPlace MyMusic: The use of Music Technological Devices in the Home by 7 Year Old Children (2007-2010)


  • Music Education in Early Childhood and Primary Schools (Kenya; South Africa; Zambia)
  • The AIRS Intercultural Study on Singing and Culture: Brazil, Canada, China & Kenya
  • A National Survey of Early Childhood Music Education in Kenya (Upcoming)


  • Andang’o, E. & Pacheco, C.B. (2016). Belonging and identity: Exploring gendered meanings of musicking in seven year olds. In Ilari, B. and Young, S. (Eds.) Children’s home musical experiences across the world. (pp. 69-79). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • Andang’o, E. (2016). The interrelation between music education and cultural education in early childhood music education in Kenya. In Berggraf, A. (Ed). International yearbook for research in arts education 4/2016 (pp. 254-261). Germany: Waxmann Verlag GmbH.
  • Andang’o, E. (2015). Challenges in integrating musical arts in early childhood education. International yearbook for research in arts education 3/2015. Germany: Waxmann Verlag GmbH.
  • Andang’o, E.A, (2012) Musical contexts as bridge-builders in early childhood music education in Kenya. Min-Ad. Israel Studies in Musicology Online. Vol.10, pp 16-26
  • Digolo, B., Andang’o, E. & Katuli, J. (2011). E-Learning as a strategy for enhancing access to Music Education. International Journal of Business & Social Science;2011, Vol. 2 Issue 11, p135
  • Andang’o E. A. (2010) Mary Atieno. In Omolo-Ongati, R.  (Ed.) (pp1-19, Vol. 1) A biography of Kenyan musicians. Nairobi: Government Printer
  • Andang’o, E. A. (2009). Synchronising pedagogy and musical experiences in early childhood: addressing challenges in preschool music education in Kenya. Early Child Development and Care. Vol. 179 No. 6, pp. 807-821
  • Andang’o, E. and Mugo, J. (2007). Early childhood music education in Kenya. Between broad national policies and local realities. Arts Education Policy Review. Vol. 109 No. 2, pp. 43-52.