Bachelor of Arts
The KU Music Performance degree is designed for students with an interest in performing, conducting, writing or teaching music outside of the public schools. Some students elect to pursue a minor or a double major in programs such as audio engineering; jazz studies; music history; business; marketing; communication studies; cinema, media
The Music major with an Emphasis in Music Performance provides preparation for students aspiring to take their place on the stage, to teach in private or community music settings, or to work collaboratively in the vast field of the performing arts. Students have the opportunity to study with professional musicians who are making a living as performers, recording artists, and composers. Perform on-campus, regionally in a variety of venues, and take your talents to the top in places like the famed Carnegie Hall.
Graduates may pursue a career in a wide variety of musical fields such as freelance or ensemble performer, private lesson teacher, accompanist, music producer, conductor, composer/arranger, and stage manager. Many students also continue their music studies at the graduate level.
Admission to the Department of Music requires prospective students to complete the university application. Audition results determine placement in music courses and are considered as part of acceptance to the degree program.
At the audition, candidates will be asked to discuss their musical background, career goals, musical and general areas of interest. Preliminary diagnostic exams are taken in: (a) harmony and theory, (b) ear training, (c) sight singing, and (d) piano skills. Students may receive the university's academic admissions decision prior to the audition process. Acceptance decision to the music programs will follow shortly.
The Department of Music also offers several minors:
Student Learning Outcomes