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Music Schools & Colleges in Kansas

Baker University
Baldwin City, KS
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Personal attention from a talented and experienced faculty, coupled with extraordinary performance opportunities make Baker’s music program one of the best in the region.

Benedictine College
Atchison, KS
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The Music department is designed to meet the artistic and scholarly demands of those students who intend to pursue graduate study in the music field, embrace a teaching career, work in a professional capacity, or enhance their lives through the study of music.

Bethany College
Lindsborg, KS
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At Bethany, music is for everyone, and students majoring in the sciences and humanities regularly benefit from the wide array of musical ensembles available, just as Bethany music majors benefit from pursuing their specialized studies within the context of a liberal arts environment.

Bethel College
North Newton, KS
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If you decide to major or minor in music at Bethel, you will receive hands-on, personalized instruction from one of the area’s most experienced faculties. You will find that classes are small and much of the instruction occurs at an individual level. You will also find that the professors’ breadth of knowledge will allow them to tailor your education to your specific musical interests. Current music majors have a wide variety of interests, ranging from elementary music education to jazz saxophone to church music.

Central Christian College of Kansas
McPherson, KS
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The music department of Central Christian College encompasses the development of 1) music skills (practical), 2) music knowledge (theoretical) and 3) music appreciation (historical) 4) while embracing a Christian worldview for dynamic engagement with community and culture (convergence). The overarching goal is to develop excellent Christ-like musicians who, with servant attitudes, fulfill all academic requirements and obtain a college degree.

Emporia State University
Emporia, KS
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The Department of Music (NASM accredited since 1947) offers a comprehensive inventory of courses for those who wish to major or minor in music and for those who seek musical knowledge and experiences. Students may acquaint themselves with music as appreciative listeners, inquisitive scholars, or active performers. Music faculty are active in performance, composition and arrangement, and publication efforts. A state-approved degree program is offered to prepare teachers of music for the elementary and secondary schools of Kansas. Other degree programs are designed to enable students to pursue advanced studies in music and/or find employment within the field of music.

Fort Hays State University
Hays, KS
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Forward thinking. World ready. For us, it’s not just a motto — it’s a way of life. Whether you want to study music education, performance, composition, music technology, or just play in an ensemble and earn a different degree, we welcome your contributions and individual talents as part of the music degree program. If you have a passion for the world of theatre – acting, writing, directing, staging and more – find your home among other aspiring artists.

As an important member in the Department of Music and Theatre, you will quickly discover you aren’t just another face in the crowd, but rather, a unique student with specific goals, dreams, and aspirations. Our program is designed to help you succeed.

Friends University
Wichita, KS
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The Music curriculum is designed to serve students who wish to study in one of the performance areas, prepare for a career in music education, prepare for a ministry of music in churches, develop a knowledge and appreciation of music in churches, and develop a knowledge and appreciation of music as an integral part of a liberal arts education. The Music department is located in the Riney Fine Arts Center on the main campus of Friends University. Eight full-time and 17 adjunct faculty members are in the Music department.

Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS
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In preparing for a career in music, whether you want to be a performer, teacher, composer, researcher, or whether you wish to pursue other non-traditional career objectives, the requirements are basically the same; reasonably well-developed technical skills, and apparent scholarly potential. You will be required to develop your skills and to expand your knowledge of music. You will also be required to broaden your knowledge in related areas of the sciences and humanities. Hence your decision to major in music, or utilize music to reinforce other interest areas, should be based upon a seriousness of purpose and a wish to continue consistent development of your talent.

Kansas Wesleyan University
Salina, KS
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The Kansas Wesleyan University Department of Music offers majors in Music Performance and Music Education, as well as a minor in music. The Music Department’s foundation is built upon twelve faculty members who are well qualified in their specific content area to broaden each student’s knowledge and understanding of music. Each faculty member, in addition to stressing quality performances, emphasizes the day-to-day basic music education techniques that lend themselves to preparing students to become well-prepared educators.

McPherson College
McPherson, KS
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Our students participate in all aspects of creativity through the performing arts program at McPherson College including – box office sales, marketing and publicity, set construction, section leaders, student conductors, jazz band, solo and small ensemble performances and dinner theatre.

MidAmerica Nazarene University
Olathe, KS
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What better environment to study the fine arts than a Christ-centered, service-focused university? At MidAmerica Nazarene University, students can choose from a variety of music programs, along with art and theatre. The arts provide a great way to minister to others and bring something beautiful to their lives.

Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS
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The goals of the Department of Music are aimed toward fulfilling the educational and cultural needs of four interdependent groups of people: music students, the university community, area public schools, and residents of our four-state area. One of the department’s primary functions is to prepare students for elementary and secondary music teaching and to serve students pursuing objectives leading to college teaching and professional performance. We endeavor to provide optimum opportunities for the achievement of excellence in both the applied and academic music subjects in all degree programs.

Southwestern College
Winfield, KS
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The music department at Southwestern College is dedicated to helping all students who participate in its programs reach their maximum potential. Toward that end, the music department:

  • makes a strong commitment to the liberal arts by providing all students the opportunity for varied and significant classroom experiences and performance opportunities
  • prepares music students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful as professional music educators and performers
  • serves as a center of musical excellence to its constituency, the school, the church, and the surrounding community

Sterling College
Sterling, KS
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Welcome to the Department of Music… where your passion connects with faith, faculty, and friends. Want to be more than a number? Ready to develop your talents while growing professionally and maturing spiritually? Then, join us on the journey.

Tabor College
Hillsboro, KS
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Our objectives are to train students:

  • For teaching in classrooms, the studio, and the church.
  • To develop students’ performance capabilities.
  • To appreciate music through literature, theory, and performance.
  • To foster continued learning and performing.

University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
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The School of Music at the University of Kansas seeks to nurture and advance music through creation, performance, scholarly inquiry, entrepreneurship, and enhancement of skills and experiences of the University and regional cultural communities. Nurturing and advancement occur via outstanding teaching, mentorship, quality research and creative endeavors, and service to professional and lay constituencies.

Washburn University
Topeka, KS
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The Department of Music prepares individuals for careers and further study in the field of music while promoting a lifetime of continuous learning and appreciation of music. Music courses in the Fine Arts are a vital part of the General Education program, which is the foundation for all undergraduate degrees. In addition, non-majors have the opportunity to experience music making through their participation in performance ensembles and/or private instruction. Students and members of the larger community may enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of music by attending live performances sponsored by the Department.

Wichita State University
Wichita, KS
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As part of Kansas’ only comprehensive college of fine arts, Wichita State’s School of Music delivers the limitless opportunities and resources students need to become tomorrow’s musical innovators. With its seasoned faculty, year-round performance opportunities in band, jazz, orchestra, opera, choir, and music theatre, and access to the state’s largest ready-made audience, Wichita State has what it takes to put you on the path toward musical mastery. Whether your passion is for music education, music performance, pedagogy, history/literature, conducting, or theory/composition — our programs give you the skills and knowledge to transform from a good musician into a great musician, in whatever emphasis you choose.