Among the finest music schools in the United States, the KU School of Music offers comprehensive programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For generations, the School of Music has provided the soundtrack to KU's rich traditions. 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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Lift Every Voice: Music of African American Composers

On Friday, February 28, 19 voice students from the KU School of Music will perform more than 20 songs by 17 African American composers including Duke Ellington, Margaret Bonds, and Hall Johnson. The concert marks the 400th anniversary of the first slave ship landing on the shores of North America—acknowledging a painful part of American history—but, also, celebrating the contributions of African American composers to American music. As Black History Month comes to a close, the concert offers the audience a moment to collectively reflect on our history.


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.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.