Emily Achieng Akuno

  • Personal Info

  • Prof. Emily Achieng' Akuno
  • Contact & Designation

  • Administration
  • Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs)
  • eakuno@cuk.ac.ke
  • +254-20 2430127 Ext. 231;
  • Mon - Fri 8.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
  • Education

  • Level Qualification Institution Year


    Bachelor of Education (Arts) - BEd(Arts)

    Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya



    Master of Music (MMus)

    Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Natchitoches, La, USA



    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    Kingston University, Surrey, UK


    Level Qualification Institution Year
  • Work Experience

  • Period Institution Position

    May 1987 - August 2007

    Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya

    Graduate Assistant, Tutorial Fellow, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Chair of Department, Ag. Director of School/Institute, Ag. Dean of Students

    August 2007-August 2010

    University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

    Associate Professor of Music and Head, School of Music

    August 2010 - November 2011

    Maseno University, Kisumu, Kenya

    Associate Professor of Music

    December 2011 - March 2017

    The Technical University of Kenya

    Associate Professor of Music; Professor of Music; Director, Centre for Creative and Cultural Industries; Executive Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology

    March 2017 to date

    The Co-operative University of Kenya

    Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs

  • Research Statement

  • General statement on area(s) of research

    Music performance and education as components of the development of the creative and cultural industries, and towards efficiency and cultural relevance in education

  • Research Project

  • Title Area(geographic) Funding Body Date

    Cultural Intelligence in musical arts learning

    Kenya Music Festival

    The Technical University of Kenya


    Music Education for Literacy Development in children

    Nyanza, Kenya

    Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research


    Music Sencorship

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Nordic Africa Institute


    Higher Education governance and leadership for creative industry development

    Kenya public universities



  • Grants and Projects

  • Project / Programme Title Partner / Agency Dates

    Higher Education Governance and Leadership for Creative Industry Development



    Enhancing Creativity for Youth Empowerment and Community development

    National Research Fund, Kenya


    Music for Literacy Development - Phase I and II

    Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE), UK


    African Music Development Project

    International Music Council, ACPCulture+, EU


    African Music Education Project

    International Society for Music Education (ISME) and Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE)


  • Publications

  • Journal Title/Name Date of Publication Volume and Pages Internet Link
    Title/Book or Chapter Publication and/or Publisher Editor Date of Publication Page Numbers

    Childhood Culture and Arts Experience as Education for Spiritual Security

    Spirituality of a Personality: Theory, Methodology and Practice. Ed. Galyna P. Schevchenko. Publishing House of the Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University


    Controversial Music: A postcolonial reading of D.O. Misiani's Bim en Bim and Wainaina's Nchi ya Kitu Kidogo

    Researching Music Censorship. Eds Annemette Kirkegaard, Helmi Jarviluoma, Jan Sverre Knusden and Jonas Otterbeck. Cambridge Scholars Publishing

    Title Conference Date

    Cultural Intelligence in Facilitating Music Arts experience at the Kenya Music Festivals

    International Society for Music Education 32nd World Conference on Music Education, Glasgow, Scotland

    July 2016

    Education for Responsible technology Transfer in Kenya: Towards a conceptual underpinning for HE in the development of the Jua Kali Sector. With M. Kidenda

    19th ICE and IEEE Conference, The Hague, Netherlands


  • Courses Taught

  • Name Description Period
  • Postgraduate Student Supervision

  • Name Institution Qualification Title of Dissertation Period

    Digolo, Beatrice Obonyo

    Traditional Music and Innovative Communication: Synchronic analysis of selected Dodo and Nyatiti songs. PhD, Kenyatta University


    Shitandi, Wilson Ol'Leka

    An Analysis of the Substance of Meaning in Legio Mariae Hymnody, PhD, Kenyatta University


  • Professional Affiliations

  • Organisation Role Period

    International Society for Music Education


    2000 to date

    International Music Council


    2017 - 2019

  • Other Contributions

  • Other Contributions

    Reviewer, African Journal of Musical Arts

    Editor-in-Chief, Talanta, Yearbook of the Kenya Music Festival, 2015

    Chair, Kenya Music and Cultural Festival