Overview

The School of Music

The School of Music at the University of Kansas ranks among the finest in America, offering comprehensive programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.

The school nurtures and advances the art of music through creation, performance, scholarly inquiry, entrepreneurship, and enhancement of the artistic skills and experiences of the university and regional cultural communities.

The school is a major contributor to the arts community through the student, faculty, and professional performances in Swarthout Recital Hall, Bales Organ Recital Hall, the Robert Baustian Theatre, and the Lied Center of Kansas.

The School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The entrance and graduation requirements in this catalog conform to the published guidelines of that organization.

Undergraduate Programs

The school acquaints undergraduates with music as an important field of a liberal culture, either as members of a discriminating public or as trained practitioners. It prepares students for careers in music and promotes scholarship and research. It offers curricula for teachers of music in public schools and institutions of higher education and special degree curricula for training music therapists.

View the list of School of Music academic programs.

Applied Music Lessons

All majors and nonmajors (as space permits) who wish to take lessons must first pass an audition. All music majors enroll in 121-level applied music courses until they have accumulated 4 credit hours (6 or 8 hours for performance majors) at which time they may enroll in the 221 level. Music majors who are not performance majors must accumulate 8 applied music hours before enrolling in the 321 level and 12 applied music hours before enrolling in the 421 level (or 442 level for the B.M.E.). Performance majors must accumulate 12 or 16 credit hours at the 121 and 221 levels before they enroll in 622 level.

All music majors take applied music in the primary performance area for a minimum of one hour-long lesson a week at 2 to 5 credit hours a semester; others receive a half-hour lesson a week at 1 credit hour. See degrees listed on the Programs page for specific credit-hour and recital requirements. The summer session limit on all music major lessons is 1 to 3 credit hours.

Students may state their preferences as to teachers for private lessons, but final authority rests with the director of the division.

Courses for Nonmajors

Students in other KU schools may enroll in music courses for credit, subject to the availability of instructional time and as space permits. Most musicology courses and all ensembles are open to all KU students.

Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences not majoring in music may elect an appropriate introductory course (MUSC 298, MUSC 305, MUSC 309, MUSC 312, MUSC 313, MUSC 336, or MUSC 560). Minors in music are offered for students in other disciplines. Most degree programs accept up to 6 hours of electives in music ensembles and performance.

Junior/senior credit in applied music involves a prerequisite of 4 hours of university credit in sequence in the field concerned.

University Honors Program

The school encourages qualified students to participate in the University Honors Program.

Ensembles

The University Symphony Orchestra performs works from the standard symphonic repertoire on campus and occasionally on tours. It combines with choral ensembles to present oratorios or other large works and assists in musical theatre productions and opera. In addition, the orchestra reads new orchestral works submitted by KU composers for the George Lawner Prize, an annual adjudicated competition co-sponsored by Music Theory and Composition and the KU Symphony Orchestra.

The Wind Ensemble presents 4 or more concerts annually and tours nationally and internationally. The Symphonic and University Bands perform 2 concerts each semester. The KU Jazz program includes 3 jazz ensembles, 2 jazz choirs, and several ensembles.

The Marching Jayhawks are part of the pageantry at football games. The Basketball Bands (Men’s and Women’s) and pep bands also perform for sports events.

KU Opera’s productions have included The Mikado, The Marriage of Figaro, Albert Herring, Candide, Falstaff, Strawberry Fields, The Magic Flute, Face on the Barroom Floor, The Tales of Hoffman, La Traviata, Gianni Schicchi, Hansel and Gretel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, and Cosi Fan Tutte.

The Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and Men’s Glee Club are select groups of singers who perform concerts on campus, tour, and participate in combined choral and orchestral presentations. Students are eligible through audition for University Singers and Women’s Chorale.

The Collegium Musicum specializes in early music, both vocal and instrumental, using KU’s collection of replicas of early instruments. Helianthus is the performing arm of KU’s New Music Ensemble. Each semester it performs the finest available contemporary chamber music.

Recitals of music by KU student composers are presented each semester by the KU Composers Guild, a student organization. The Kansas Brass Quintet, Kansas Woodwinds, and Kansas String Quartet are faculty groups that present numerous concerts.

Visit the School of Music for current information about recitals, concerts, and performances.

The School of Music

The School of Music at the University of Kansas ranks among the finest in America, offering comprehensive programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.

The school nurtures and advances the art of music through creation, performance, scholarly inquiry, entrepreneurship, and enhancement of the artistic skills and experiences of the university and regional cultural communities.

The school is a major contributor to the arts community through the student, faculty, and professional performances in Swarthout Recital Hall, Bales Organ Recital Hall, the Robert Baustian Theatre, and the Lied Center of Kansas.

The School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The entrance and graduation requirements in this catalog conform to the published guidelines of that organization.

Graduate Programs

The School of Music offers Master of Music programs in composition, conducting, musicology, music theory, and areas of performance and Master of Music Education degree programs in music education or music therapy.

The Doctor of Musical Arts degree is offered in composition, conducting, and areas of performance. Programs are offered leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in music education with an emphasis in music education or music therapy and to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in music with an emphasis in musicology or music theory.

View the list of School of Music academic programs.

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

Graduate Credit for Nonmajors

Performance

Permission to enroll for graduate credit in applied music is determined by audition. This audition should be scheduled with the major division faculty at the beginning of each semester.

Music Education or Music Therapy

Permission to enroll for graduate credit in music education or music therapy is determined by the information in the MEMT Graduate Application Procedure document.

Ensembles

The University Symphony Orchestra performs works from the standard symphonic repertoire on campus and occasionally on tours. It combines with choral ensembles to present oratorios or other large works and assists in musical theatre productions and opera. In addition, the orchestra reads new orchestral works submitted by KU composers for the George Lawner Prize, an annual adjudicated competition co-sponsored by Music Theory and Composition and the KU Symphony Orchestra.

The Wind Ensemble presents 4 or more concerts annually and tours nationally and internationally. The Symphonic and University Bands perform 2 concerts each semester. The KU Jazz program includes 3 jazz ensembles, 2 jazz choirs, and several ensembles.

The Marching Jayhawks are part of the pageantry at football games. The Basketball Bands (Men’s and Women’s) and pep bands also perform for sports events.

KU Opera’s productions have included The Mikado, The Marriage of Figaro, Albert Herring, Candide, Falstaff, Strawberry Fields, The Magic Flute, Face on the Barroom Floor, The Tales of Hoffman, La Traviata, Gianni Schicchi, Hansel and Gretel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, and Cosi Fan Tutte.

The Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and Men’s Glee Club are select groups of singers who perform concerts on campus, tour, and participate in combined choral and orchestral presentations. Students are eligible through audition for University Singers and Women’s Chorale.

The Collegium Musicum specializes in early music, both vocal and instrumental, using KU’s collection of replicas of early instruments. Helianthus is the performing arm of KU’s New Music Ensemble. Each semester it performs the finest available contemporary chamber music.

Recitals of music by KU student composers are presented each semester by the KU Composers Guild, a student organization. The Kansas Brass Quintet, Kansas Woodwinds, and Kansas String Quartet are faculty groups that present numerous concerts.

Visit the School of Music for current information about recitals, concerts, and performances.

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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