Message from the Dean


School of Music Dean Robert WalzelOn behalf of our faculty, staff, students, and the many supporters who help make the School of Music such a special place for learning and making music, we are grateful to you for visiting our website. For more than 125 years the University of Kansas has been a center for great music and musical training in America‚Äôs Heartland. Alumni of the School of Music have distinguished themselves as renowned performers, pedagogues, scholars and leaders in the field of music. Additionally, students with majors in other fields, who are interested in continuing their musical pursuits after high school, find opportunities in our large ensembles and other music courses designed for non-music majors.

If you are a prospective student, our website should provide you the information you need for degree programs, audition requirements and other opportunities available to you. With approximately 500 music majors enrolled in bachelors, masters, and doctoral degree programs, the School of Music is the ideal size to offer students an abundance of musical experiences, while also providing the one-on-one individual attention necessary for students to thoroughly develop their skills and self-confidence. Because we are a comprehensive music school that prioritizes the development of advanced musical skills within a context of scholarship and rigor, KU music graduates continue to achieve success and notoriety across the full spectrum of musical careers.

Most of all, our renowned faculty are committed to helping students discover their own unique identities through music. With so many opportunities, a long tradition of excellence, and a supportive learning environment, the KU School of Music is uniquely positioned to offer you an outstanding musical education. Beyond the information contained in the website, I encourage you to follow KU School of Music on Facebook and Twitter.

Good luck in your musical endeavors, and we sincerely hope that you choose to become part of the continuing tradition of excellence that is the KU School of Music.

Rock Chalk!

Robert Walzel, DMA
Dean, School of Music

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Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.