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What Majors are offered in the School of Music at KU?

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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) consists of only 40% music classes while about 60% are liberal arts classes. The BA is available in Music with one of the following concentrations: Jazz Studies, Musicology, Music Theory, Piano/Organ/Orchestral Instruments, Voice, or Music with an outside concentration/minor. This last choice has built in hours for completing an already approved minor that exists in the College or another professional school.

The Bachelor of Music (BM) consists of just over 70% music classes while just less than 30% are liberal arts classes.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Theatre and Voice consists of 85% music classes while only 15% are liberal arts classes.

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Historical background of the School of Music at KU

KU Band Circa 1912

The University of Kansas was one of the first public universities in the United States to have formalized professional degree programs in the Arts. Very early in the University’s history Music and Art faculty were appointed, the first musician hired in 1869 and the first painter/art historian in 1870. The School of Fine Arts was founded in 1891 by merging these two departments, and in 2009 the School of Fine ARts became the School of Music.

The Department of Music was established in 1884. It originally included five year long courses in piano, five in voice, one in harmony, one in theory, and special courses in orchestral and band instruments, sight-singing, public school music and a choral ensemble. The Music Graduate (M.G.) degree was established shortly thereafter in 1887.

Small school within the big school

The School of Music has audition requirements to obtain admission to its divisions. The School operates in much the same manner as a music conservatory within the confines of the larger university. This format is an advantage to our students because they develop relationships with their student peers and individual relationships with faculty members. They also have opportunities within the overall University to obtain a broad knowledge base.


Admissions Application (MEMT) (pdf)
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The School of Music offers one of the most comprehensive graduate programs in the country. The Master of Music program ranks 12th among the approximately 300 public institutions offering graduate degrees in the most recent survey by the U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT(the only national ranking of music programs). The music program at KU is a Charter Member (1928) of the National Association of Schools of Music and is the only institution authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents to grant doctoral degrees in music.

Faculty members at KU are active performers and researchers with approximately 400 publications/presentations of their research/creative activities per year throughout the world. KU Music alumni are members of major symphony orchestras, opera companies and recording studios, are faculty members at the nation’s finest colleges and universities, and hold leadership positions throughout the music profession.

Master of Music (MM)

Accompanying, Church Music (Choral or Organ emphasis), Composition, Conducting (Band, Choral, Orchestra;) Music Theory, Musicology and Performance (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass, opera, voice, organ, piano, carillon).

Master of Music Education (MME)

Music Education or Music Therapy. For more information, please click here.

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Church Music (Choral or Organ emphasis), Composition, Conducting (Band, Choral, Orchestral) and Performance (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, cello, double bass, voice, organ, piano).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Music Education (Music Education or Music Therapy emphasis), click here, for more information, Music Theory, Musicology.

The Doctoral Program Profile for the Department of MUSIC can be found here». Questions about the data in the profiles should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies at Email: graduate@ku.edu. Questions about the academic programs should be directed to the respective department.

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Graduate Student Enrollment

Once you have been admitted to the KU School of Music as a graduate student, go to registrar.ku.edu/enrollment» to begin the enrollment process. Look on the left navigation list for “New Students.” You can also get information on Late Enrollment, how to Drop/Add, and additional Enrollment Resources.

Your major professor is your advisor and will be happy to assist you with decisions about the courses in which you will need to enroll. You can download your degree check sheet at music.ku.edu/resources/currentstudents students to see your degree requirements. If you are a graduate student in Music Education/Music Therapy, your check sheets can be found here music.ku.edu/memt/documents.

Finding the exact class you wish to enroll in is easy if you use the Schedule of Classes classes.ku.edu/».


Director of Graduate Studies, School of Music

The University of Kansas Student Services
School of Music 
Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 450
Lawrence, KS 66045-3436

Email: musicgrad@ku.edu
Fax: 785.864.5387
Phone: 785.864.2862

Director of Graduate Studies Music Education & Music Therapy

James Daugherty
The University of Kansas
School of Music 
Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 448
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103

Email: memt@ku.edu
Fax: 785.864.9640
Phone: 785.864.4784



School of Music Events
KU Today
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.

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