Degrees

Undergraduate Degree Programs

The degree of Bachelor of Music is granted with majors in bassoon, clarinet, double bass, euphonium, flute, French horn, harp, musicology, oboe, organ, organ and church music, percussion, piano, saxophone, theory, composition, trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, violoncello, and voice.

The degree of Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts is granted with concentrations in applied music, jazz studies, musicology, music theory, and music with an outside minor/concentration.

The degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts is granted with a major in theatre and voice.

The degree of Bachelor of Music Education is granted with majors in music education or music therapy.

View the list of School of Music academic programs.

Requirements for Graduation

Degrees from the School of Music are conferred on candidates who have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 120 credit hours for the B.A., B.M., B.F.A., and B.M.E. degrees, including required subjects. 45 credit hours must be in junior/senior-level courses, numbered 300 and above. A minimum 2.0 grade-point average, both cumulative and in KU courses, is required for graduation. 4 hours of the total in each case except the B.M.E. degree may be in physical education activity courses.

Variations to program requirements, such as course substitutions, may be petitioned for possible approval.

English

9 hours of English composition and literature (ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and one course from ENGL 203, ENGL 209, ENGL 210, or ENGL 211) are required of all students except B.M.E. students and those whose achievement in placement examinations warrants initial placement in more advanced English courses. Students must enroll continuously in ENGL 101 or ENGL 102, as appropriate, until completed. When the requirement is reduced, students must substitute these hours in liberal arts electives.

Remedial Courses

Remedial courses listed in the catalog and Schedule of Classes are numbered below 100. Such courses include, but are not limited to, MATH 002 and MTHC 099. Such courses do not count toward graduation in the School of Music and may not be counted as distribution courses or electives.

Graduate Degree Programs

The School of Music offers these degree programs:

Master of Music

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Musicology
  • Music theory
  • Performance

Master of Music Education

  • Music Education
  • Music therapy

Doctor of Musical Arts

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Performance

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Music with an emphasis in musicology or music theory
  • Music Education with an emphasis in music education or music therapy

The Kansas Board of Regents has designated KU as the sole institution in the Regents system authorized to grant doctoral degrees in music.

Contact the school for specific admission requirements. See also Admission in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.

View the list of School of Music academic programs.

Contact Info

School of Music

Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 446
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
785-864-3436
785-864-5866
music@ku.edu
http://music.ku.edu/
Robert Walzel, Dean
785-864-3421
music@ku.edu
Martin Bergee, Associate Dean
785-864-3421
mbergee@ku.edu

School of Music

Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 450
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
785-864-3421
785-864-5387
music@ku.edu
http://music.ku.edu/
Rita Riley, Undergraduate Studies
785-864-2954
rriley@ku.edu
Leslie Jabara, Recruitment Coordinator
785-864-9751
ljabara@ku.edu

School of Music

Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive, Room 450
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103
785-864-3436
785-864-5866
music@ku.edu
http://music.ku.edu/
Jane Gnojek, Graduate Studies
785-864-2862
jgnojek@ku.edu
Lois Elmer, Graduate Studies, Music Education and Music Therapy
785-864-4784
elmer@ku.edu
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