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We invite you to experience music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas and look forward to having you as a member of our community. Music education and music therapy at KU are recognized as among the finest programs in the world. The Music Education and Music Therapy programs are the most comprehensive in Kansas, have the largest faculty of any in the state, and comprise the largest population in our School of Music.

We offer degrees and programs in music education including the bachelor's, the master's, and the doctoral. Our degrees and programs in music therapy include bachelor's, graduate equivalency, master's, and doctoral.

National Association of Schools of Music and North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges accredit our programs. The music education programs are also accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education and the music therapy programs are accredited through the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

Objectives for MEMT graduates

Music education and music therapy graduates will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Perform capably and professionally as music educators and therapists and lead in their respective areas and other related fields.
  • Use contemporary techniques, knowledge, and skills to solve problems in classrooms or clinical settings.
  • Communicate the expanding and deepening understanding of music education and music therapy as a basic human endeavor.
  • Help society define and respond to its educational responsibilities and challenges by assuming leadership positions in schools, districts, institutions, communities, and the profession.
  • Build on the basic principles of teaching, leadership, clinical therapy and practice by implementing new skills and enhancing the experience of individuals and families.

Educational Outcomes

  • Competence in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required of educated and practicing professionals who are prepared to meet the diverse needs of their students or clients.
  • An understanding of the professional responsibilities associated with the education and clinical practice of our nation's people and the influences of music education and music therapy on society.
  • The ability to communicate knowledge, skills, and character to professionals and non-professionals.
  • The ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams.
  • An understanding of the need for life long learning.

Contact Information

The University of Kansas
Division of Music Education and Music Therapy
Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 448
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103 

Email: memt@ku.edu
Fax: 785-864-5866
Phone: 785-864-4784
Website: memt.ku.edu

School of Music Calendar
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.