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The KU School of Music

The KU School of Music is one of the finest in the US and offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs. Our students perform on the world’s biggest stages, learn from leading experts in their fields and take their studies beyond the classroom to concert halls, clinics, schools, and hospitals.

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Undergraduate Degree Programs

World-renowned faculty, state-of-the-art performance venues, and a rich campus life await you at the KU School of Music. Learn more about our undergraduate programs and start your journey to becoming a Musical Jayhawk.

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Graduate Degree & Certificate Programs  

Graduate students will work with internationally recognized faculty who are leaders in their discipline, engaged in research, composition, and practice, with a strong sense of community and collaboration. The KU School of Music fosters close working relationships between faculty and fellow students, with robust degree programs that will advance your career and professional goals.

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The KU School of Music

Nationally recognized

award-winning student ensembles

95% or higher job placement

rate for Music Education and Music Therapy graduates

Nationally recognized

graduate degree programs

Opportunities for double majors

and non-majors to pursue their musical interests

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A Music Conservatory education plus the rich campus life of Kansas’ flagship university

KU School of Music Events

KU Music News

LAWRENCE — Before the Broadway national tour begins, a local production of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a Musical Thriller” will explore the psyche of the villain and bring Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant melodies to the community with the help of KU’s Opera and Symphony Orchestr

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LAWRENCE — Like thespians who refer to “Macbeth” as “the Scottish play,” classical music composers have a superstition about the number of symphonies they may write. Beethoven and Mahler died shortly after completing their respective ninth symphonies. So for 74-year-old James Barnes, professor emeritus of music at the University of Kansas, his Ninth Symphony will be his last, he said. He doesn’t want to tempt fate.