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The Division of Musicology offers the BM degree in music history, the BA degree with a concentration in music history, the MM in musicology, and the PhD in music (musicology).

The faculty members in the division cultivate a wide variety of research interests. Paul Laird studies the Spanish villancico, Leonard Bernstein, the Broadway musical, and the revival of the baroque cello. He also directs the Instrumental Collegium Musicum. Martin Nedbal's research involves Mozart, Czech music, and opera history in Central Europe.​Colin Roust pursues research into music and politics, film music, French music, and the composer Georges Auric. Roberta Freund Schwartz's research specialties include the Spanish Renaissance, patronage, blues, and rock. Ketty Wong, an ethnomusicologist, focuses on Latin American art, folk, and popular music, and reception of Western social dances in China.

Visiting scholars of international stature present lectures at KU, and the Collegium Musicum offers programs of early music using the University's collection of replicas of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque instruments. The Thomas Gorton Music and Dance Library contains over 60,000 music scores and books, over 20,000 sound recordings, and is especially strong in composer's complete editions and monument editions, along with other important research tools. It is the leading music library in the Great Plains region. Another important source for music research at the University of Kansas is the enormous collection of historic recordings housed in the Richard Wright Jazz Archive and James Seaver Opera Archive. The Division normally has at least four students working as graduate teaching assistants and scholarships/fellowships are available.​


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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.
—ALA

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