Music Education


A piano in the foreground and a class with an instructor in the background

Our Mission:

To cultivate a transformative educational experience focused on music education best practice, scholarly research, social awareness, and community-oriented leadership.  

Music Education at the University of Kansas is recognized around the world as among the finest music teacher training and research programs. Steeped in tradition, the program offers students comprehensive courses of study in band, orchestral, choral, and general music education at the at the bachelor, master, and doctoral levels. Our faculty of experienced music educators and researchers work closely with students throughout their degrees to develop the skills and knowledge needed to become successful musicians, educators, scholars, and leaders in their communities.

Music Education at KU is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges (NCA), and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as part of the school of education’s licensure track.

Faculty Core Values

  1. We are committed to providing our students with the highest quality of music teacher preparation through carefully sequenced curricula, projects, and authentic pedagogical experience; 
  2. We value diversity, equity, and a strong sense of community among our students and faculty.
  3. We are committed to developing within our students a community-oriented mindset as they work to become teachers, professionals, scholars, and leaders in their field.
  4. We are committed to the advancement of music education through research and scholarly activity.