International Experiences at KU Music


Group of students posing in Prague

International Studies Stats

18
Students Studied Abroad in 2018-19
76
International Students
18
Countries Represented

School of Music Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs:

 

Music, Nations, Empires: Culture and Politics in Vienna & Prague

Students explore the famously musical cities of Vienna and Prague with music historian and KU professor Martin Nedbal. The course examines the importance of music for the emergence of modern nations and empires between 1750 and 1900 in Vienna and Prague. It focuses on select musical works and their social, cultural, and political contexts.  The study abroad program occurs over winter break and is offered on alternating years. (MUSC 135/136/335/336 or 650, 3 credits)

KU Jazz at Montreux Jazz Festival

KU Jazz at Montreux Jazz Festival

KU Music Faculty Exploring Milan

KU Music Faculty on a visit to our sister conservatory in Milan

KU Music at Austrian National Library

KU Music students visit archives of Austrian National Library

Semester Study Abroad Opportunities for Music Majors:

 

Folkwang University of the Arts in Germany

With campuses in Essen, Duisburg, Bochum, and Dortmund, Folkwang hosts approximately 1,600 students from almost every country in the world and produces more than 300 public events each year. It is known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to the arts and its role as a training ground for developing young artists. This is a spring semester study abroad opportunity for students in the School of Music. 

IES Abroad in Vienna Music Program in Austria

Ideal for students in music history, music theory, and composition or instrumental, this program offers KU students the opportunity to participate in a wide selection of courses focusing on music and European culture and society.

Performance Opportunities Abroad

Aerial photo of Eutin Opera Festival

Eutiner Festspiele

Eutin, Germany
Jazz bass student performing

Classical Beat Festival

Lübeck, Germany
Building façade of Cosenza Conservatory

Cosenza Conservatory

Milan, Italy
Building façade of Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi

Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi

Italy's largest music academy

Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities

Students participating in a semester or academic year program in Germany are eligible to apply for the Drs. Dean T. and Elisabeth Collins Study Abroad Scholarship. Created through an estate gift from the late Dean and Elisabeth Collins, this scholarship awards up to $10,000 for students on a semester program in Germany. The scholarship is open to all majors but preference is given for students studying music and particularly opera.


International Partnerships

Shanghai Normal University, China, Agreement of Cooperation, 3+1+1

Zhengzhou University, China, Agreement of Cooperation

Conservatorio di Musica di Stato di Cosenza S. Giacomantonio, Italy, Memorandum of Understanding

Frederic Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, Poland, Faculty Exchange

The Conservatorio of Milano, Milan, Italy, Reciprocal Agreement

International in the News

Images of KU Fulbright Students

Three KU Students Earn Fulbright Awards

Oliver Latry

Notre-Dame Organist Olivier Latry named William T. Kemper Artist-In-Residence at KU

Shanghai Normal University

KU School of Music strengthens ties with Chinese music institutions




Faculty Connected to area Studies Centers

  • Dylan Bassett

    Lecturer for West African drumming, is an affiliated faculty with the Kansas African Studies Center. International research interest: Director of the African Drum Ensemble at KU since it was created in 2007 through the Kansas African Studies Center. Also, a composer, percussionist, and teacher.

  • Jacob Dakon

    Associate professor of music education is an affiliated faculty with the Kansas African Studies Center. International research interest: Research Fellow with the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

  • Julius Kyakuwa

    Assistant professor of general music education is affiliated faculty with the Kansas African Studies Center. International research interest: Community partnerships with schools, arts integration and creative teaching of music, multicultural and culturally responsive pedagogy, and music teacher education and professional development.

  • Paul Laird

    Professor of musicology is associated faculty with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and affiliated faculty for the Center for Global and International Studies. International research interest: Villancico in Spain and Latin America, music of Leonard Bernstein, Broadway musicals, early stringed instruments.

  • Martin Nedbal

    Associate professor of musicology is a faculty affiliate for the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. International research interest: German and Czech music, especially opera, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

  • Colin Roust

    Associate Professor of Musicology is affiliate faculty with the Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies. International research interest: twentieth-century French music, film music, music and politics, history of band music.

  • Roberta Schwartz

    Associate professor of musicology is associated faculty with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. International research interest: Early music of Spain, musical patronage, the history of recorded sound, transnational interpretations of African American music, the blues, and rock and roll.

  • Ketty Wong

    Associate professor of musicology is core faculty with the Center for East Asian Studies and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and affiliated faculty with the Center for Global and International Studies. International research interest: Latin American and Ecuadorian art and popular music, identity, nationalism, and ballroom dancing in China, along with the Salgado Chamber Music Project with the Ecuador Ministry of Culture.