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Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

The Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree requires 120 to 125 credits and is designed to further the student’s knowledge, practice and experience in one of the following areas of study:

  • Performance instruments: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, organ and church music, piano, or voice
  • Musicology - study of the history of music
  • Music Composition
  • Music Theory
  • Music Therapy

All students applying for School of Music undergraduate degrees (B.A., B.F.A., B.M., B.M.E. & music minor) must audition on an approved instrument.

Students will be studying with faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields and their instruments. Courses in Music Theory and Musicology are part of the in depth exploration of music as are private instruction, ensemble and chamber music opportunities. All students pursuing the B.M. degree will perform a senior recital on their primary instrument/voice. In addition, performance majors will also complete a junior recital and music composition majors will also give a music composition recital.

With this degree, students can go on to pursue graduate studies in music, establish private studios, audition for music ensembles, or create their own paths in music or music-related endeavors.

The music therapy curriculum prepares individuals for health service careers in hospitals, institutions for exceptional children and adults, community mental health facilities, geriatric facilities, and other health or school related settings as well as private practice. Alternative careers for music therapy majors include a variety of functional music applications.

School of Music Calendar
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.