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KU School of Music

The KU School of Music ranks among the finest music schools in the United States and offers comprehensive programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. From classical to jazz to cutting-edge electronic and contemporary music, the study of music at KU provides a vast spectrum of musical possibilities. KU Music offers students the ability to study with leading faculty in the fields of instrumental and vocal performance, jazz studies, music education, music composition, music theory, music therapy, and musicology. KU Music provides students with a wide range of performance opportunities that allow students to experience the joy of solo performance and chamber music, as well as the exhilaration of great performances of masterworks for chorus, orchestra, and winds and percussion. KU Music students perform on many of the region’s finest stages, including the Lied Center of Kansas, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Carlsen Center, Crafton-Preyer Theatre, and more. KU Music’s facilities provide a fantastic learning environment, which includes performance spaces in Bales Organ Recital Hall, the Robert Baustian Theatre, and Swarthout Recital Hall, as well as ensemble rehearsal rooms, more than 50 practice rooms, designated research and clinical spaces, and a comprehensive music library. KU Music alumni are leaders in the music profession. Many are members of major ensembles - including military bands, orchestras, and opera and theatre companies - while others are faculty members at the nation’s finest colleges and universities, educators in public and private schools, and therapists in a variety of professional settings.

Become a Jayhawk

step 1: Apply to KU by Nov. 1 step 2: Audition for School of Music

In addition to meeting academic requirements, you must also pass an audition on your primary instrument or voice.

Tuition & Four-Year Tuition Compact

Estimate your KU tuition at: Learn about the four-year tuition compact for first-time freshmen at:

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Student loans are available through Financial Aid Learn more at: Scholarships are available to talented students in music. You must apply and audition to be considered for a scholarship. 4-Year academic scholarships available Apply by Nov. 1 4-Year music scholarships available for music majors Learn more at:

Midwest Exchange Scholarship

Scholarships are available for non-resident students majoring in music from: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin Learn more at:

Areas of Study

KU offers undergraduate degrees in:

Bassoon Cello Clarinet Double Bass Euphonium Flute French Horn Harp Jazz Studies Music Composition Music Education Music Theory Music Therapy

Musicology Oboe Organ Percussion Piano Saxophone Trombone Trumpet Tuba Viola Violin Voice

Learn about programs and ensembles at



Bales Chorale Chamber Singers Collegium Musicum Concert Choir Jazz Singers Men’s Glee Club Women’s Chorale


Jazz Ensembles Jazz Combos Marching & Pep Bands Symphonic Band Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble University Band


The faculty at the KU School of Music is made up of more than 60 distinguished artists and scholars. Faculty employ traditional practices, contemporary theories and emerging technologies to provide instruction to varied constituencies. ​ Faculty members are active performers and researchers around the globe.

Learn about our exceptional faculty at:


Kai Ono Piano Performance and Music Composition Hometown: Irvine, CA “As a member of the KU Jazz Ensemble I and KU Wind Ensemble, I’ve had the opportunity to play some of the newest written music in both the classical and the jazz worlds. Both groups are nationally renowned, providing incredible performance and recording opportunities.”

Alyssa Ott Music Therapy, Oboe Hometown: Lewisville, TX “The KU School of Music provides a small school atmosphere on a large school campus. It’s nice to be in a building with so many familiar faces, but to still have the opportunities and resources that a larger school can provide.”

Michael Solomon Music Education, Trumpet Hometown: Boone, Iowa​ “Someday I hope to be a high school band director, and the KU School of Music has helped me do that by immersing me in so many different mediums, performances, and teaching experiences. There are connections between composition, theory, performance, education, and therapy. KU gives you a really well-rounded education that helps you become a great teacher someday.”

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