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Apply B.M.E.

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 125-credit-hour) BME degree also work to satisfy the requisites for the Kansas PreK-12 Teaching Licensure. A list of degree requirements and a sample 4-year course of study can be found here».

All students applying for School of Music undergraduate degrees (B.A., B.F.A., B.M., B.M.E. & music minor) must audition on an approved instrument.


Apply M.M.E.

The Master of Music Education (M.M.E.) degree requires a minimum of 30 credits and is designed to further the student's knowledge, practice and experience in the field of music education. The program includes advanced professional and scholarly study for music educators, licensure/certification programs for those with baccalaureate degrees in other music fields who plan to enter the music education professions (these initial licensure/certification programs typically also require collateral undergraduate study), and advanced study for individuals in related disciplines. Areas of emphasis, curricula, examinations, and regulations and procedures are described in the MEMT Master's Handbook under degree requirements.

Students study with faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized in their fields. The resulting degree ends with either a comprehensive exam for a non-thesis terminal degree or a thesis for those expecting to pursue doctoral work. With the MME degree, music educators teach at the junior college, secondary, or elementary level, and/or pursue research. The MME degree with thesis typically is a pre-requisite to undertake PhD studies in music education and music therapy.

The Master's Program Profile for MEMT (Music Education/Music Therapy) can be found here». Questions about the data in the profiles should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies, graduate@ku.edu. Questions about the academic programs should be directed to musicgrad@ku.edu.


Apply Ph.D.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Music Education degree emphasizes research, scholarship, and teaching. It is a program both demanding and rewarding for those well qualified students interested in pursuing the highest level of academic and music pedagogy study. The Doctor of Philosophy student focus on research and scholarship in an area of interest within the scope of music education. Course requirements for the doctoral degree are flexible. Each student's program is planned specifically in light of his or her background to meet the demands of the anticipated academic professional career. Doctoral students in Music Education complete three research projects in preparation for publication as a means of developing a scholarly area of expertise. The program culminates with the completion of a substantial piece of original research in the form of a dissertation or three additional research articles. The doctoral program typically consists of three years of study in which two consecutive semesters must be spent in residency at The University of Kansas in Lawrence. Areas of emphasis, curricula, examinations, and regulations and procedures are described in the MEMT Ph.D. Handbook under degree requirements

The Doctoral Program Profile for MUSIC can be found here». The Doctoral Program Profile for MEMT (Music Education/Music Therapy) can be found here» . Questions about the data in the profiles should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies at Email: graduate@ku.edu. Questions about the academic programs should be directed to the School of Music, musicgrad@ku.edu .


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