Music Education & Music Therapy


Music Education

Music Education at the University of Kansas is recognized around the world as among the finest music teacher training and research programs.
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Music Therapy

Music Therapy at the University of Kansas has the longest running music therapy program in the country.
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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 approved through the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).


Student Skills & Outcomes

  • 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.
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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.
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