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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 undergraduate and graduate 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. We invite you to join us and experience music education at the University of Kansas. 

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 establishing and developing professional relationships with students, as we guide them to become teachers, professionals, scholars, and leaders.
  4. We are committed to the advancement of music education through research and scholarly activity to implement best practice.



The Bachelor of Music Education (BME) is a comprehensive undergraduate degree program, preparing pre-service music educators in choral, general music, band, and orchestra to assume PreK-12 music teaching positions in state, national, and international programs. Students completing the 4-year (120- to 129-credit-hour) BME degree also work to satisfy the requisites for the Kansas PreK-12 Teaching Licensure. 

BME Degree Requirements | BME Model 4-Year Plan | BME Undergraduate Handbook | Internship & Licensure


The Masters in Music Education (MME) is a 30-credit-hour degree that offers students opportunities to fortify their teaching and conducting, learn enhanced research skills, and gain a larger understanding of philosophy, pedagogy, methods, and leadership along with selected areas of study the student chooses. Each degree is personalized together with an experienced advisor to communicate and develop particular knowledge and skills. Coursework can be completed in residence, during our summer-only program, or through a combination thereof.

MME Program Plan | MME Graduate Handbook | Summer-only MME Program


The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Music Education is an advanced degree in research, scholarship, and teaching designed to prepare leaders within the music education community for positions in higher-education institutions. Students acquire the knowledge and skills specific to their chosen areas of expertise by engaging in interdisciplinary coursework, research, and other scholarly projects. Potential candidates for the Ph.D. in Music Education must have appropriate baccalaureate and master’s degrees to support their goals for doctoral study, and at least 3 years of successful full-time experience as a professional music educator, or its equivalent. Competitive graduate teaching positions are available.

Ph.D. Graduate Handbook 


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.