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Music Schools & Colleges in Kentucky

Asbury University
Wilmore, KY
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The faculty of the Music Department is committed to helping students gain a high level of performance proficiency, a firm theoretical and historical foundation, a solid preparation for a music career and/or graduate study, and a fusion of Christian faith and practice with the students’ musical pursuits.

Bellarmine University
Louisville, KY
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The Music Department at Bellarmine University is a student-centered environment that prepares professionals to be the leaders in the musical culture of the 21st century. In the Catholic tradition, successful learning takes place in an environment filled with wisdom, inclusiveness, diversity, self-discovery, engagement and compassion. Value-centered education in both liberal arts and professional specializations provide multiple educational experiences to prepare students to live in an interdependent world.

Berea College
Berea, KY
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The Music Department assumes leadership in the musical arts area for the campus. It offers private instruction in several instruments, and a variety of large and small instrumental and vocal ensembles. In addition, it offers a clearly defined succession of courses leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with several concentrations available, and in Music Education with instrumental or vocal emphasis. The music education degrees lead to K-12 teacher certification. A music minor is also offered.

Campbellsville University
Campbellsville, KY
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The Campbellsville University School of Music is committed to providing the highest quality, professional music education available in the state of Kentucky. Fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the School of Music provides the kind of education one would expect to find in a conservatory setting: highly qualified and dedicated faculty, frequent performance opportunities, rigorous academics, and professional training.

Centre College
Danville, KY
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Centre College offers an extraordinary wealth of opportunities for students who wish to pursue their love of music in college. Whether you want to play in a first-rate college orchestra, perform in an opera or musical, play in our famous Kentucky music ensemble, learn about traditional music from exotic cultures, work with some of the amazing world-class artists who come to the Norton Center for the Arts, or study music from some of our internationally acclaimed faculty, Centre’s music program is brimming with possibilities.

Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY
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The Department of Music provides aspiring students with the training and education they need to succeed as professionals in the field of music. Students learn the historical, stylistic, and theoretical fundamentals of music and apply this knowledge through performance and scholarship. EKU music students have the unique opportunity to perform with award-winning ensembles that are regularly invited to perform at national and international festivals and competitions. EKU music students study with nationally recognized, award-winning faculty, guest artists, and clinicians. The degree programs offered by the EKU Department of Music are accredited by The National Association of Schools of Music, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Georgetown College
Georgetown, KY
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The Department of Music is housed in Nunnelley Music Hall. The primary goal of the department is to provide a wealth of meaningful experiences with and about music for all members of our campus community. Within the historic and distinctive tradition of liberal arts scholarship for which the College is nationally recognized, the department strives for excellence, whether in the classroom, studio or ensemble setting. The Department of Music offers a wide and varied selection of courses for music majors, minors and those electing to further their ability, knowledge, appreciation and understanding in the area of music. All students entering the music program as a major or minor must successfully audition in their performance area. Acceptance as a music major is conditional upon approval by the music faculty. In addition, a music theory diagnostic test must be completed. Before being accepted into the B.M.E. program, an interview must be completed with the music education faculty.

Kentucky State University
Frankfort, KY
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The Division of Fine Arts is comprised of the programs in Art, Music, Speech Communication and Theatre. Baccalaureate degrees are offered in Studio Art, Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Music with specializations in Music Performance and Music Education. Minors are offered in Art, Music, Speech Communication and Theatre. The arts broaden human potential and provide room for creativity and growth. The arts also enhance the quality of life and the development of cognitive and expressive skills. Through presentations such as concerts, theatre productions, art exhibitions, lectures, and workshops, the arts provide an aesthetic and cultural environment vital to academic life. The Division of Fine Arts prepares its majors for a variety of professions in the arts and related fields, and gives them a foundation for graduate study.

Kentucky Wesleyan University
Owensboro, KY
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The study of music provides students with the opportunity to pursue a quality undergraduate major in one of three exciting music majors. Most importantly, students pursuing degrees in music gain a broad understanding of the field and its contribution to society. An appreciation and coordinated understanding of music contributes to the aesthetic dimension of leadership, creative thinking, communication, service and greater aesthetic awareness within an increasingly diverse cultural environment. Students taking music courses have opportunities for performance, discussion and experiences in performing, ensembles and private study. Through these experiences, students exercise critical, logical and ethical thinking, learn effective communication skills and develop greater appreciation of the beauty inherent in music. Music students are led to the realization that their undergraduate coursework provides a foundation for future learning and for employment in music studios, churches, schools, arts organizations and a myriad of performing opportunities.

Kentucky Christian University
Grayson, KY
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While earning a music degree at Kentucky Christian University you will have the opportunity to perform in numerous vocal and instrumental ensembles, make a recording in Nashville, and perform in Carnegie Hall. You will learn from professors who have years of experience in teaching and performance and have dedicated their lives to helping you become the Christian musician God has called you to be.

Morehead State University
Morehead, KY
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All the way back to 1887, the accomplishments of our students have made MSU an institution synonymous with musical greatness. Whether it’s our award-winning marching percussion leaving crowds awe-struck or our symphony band gracing the stage, our ensembles consistently earn national and international recognition.

Murray State University
Murray, KY
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The Department of Music has been a member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1936 and has a long and outstanding tradition of excellence. Graduates with degrees in music from Murray State University serve as leading musicians in such roles as opera singers, popular recording artists, professional symphony musicians, jazz educators, songwriters, television writers, public school music teachers, university music department chairs, instrument technicians, church musicians, and college music teachers.

Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY
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Northern Kentucky University’s Department of Music offers a full range of performance and education opportunities to music majors. Our graduates pursue successful careers as professional performers, college and university faculty, public school music teachers, private studio instructors and in allied fields within the music industry.

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, KY
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The basic professional programs designed to equip qualified students for the practice of ministry are the Diploma in Church Ministries or Worship Leadership, the Master of Arts, and the Master of Divinity degrees. Students can choose Master of Arts degrees in Leadership, Discipleship & Family Ministry, Worship Leadership, Church Music, Youth & Family Ministry, Children’s & Family Ministry, College Ministry, and Women’s Leadership as well as Master of Divinity degrees with specializations in these areas of ministry.

Transylvania University
Lexington, KY
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The Transylvania music program offers thorough training for music majors and minors as part of a great liberal arts education. Whether you choose applied music, music technology, or music education, you’ll receive extensive voice or instrument training enhanced by a comprehensive grounding in theory, history, and ensemble performance. Small classes provide an intimate learning experience, and students benefit from one-on-one instruction and state-of-the-art technology. It’s no surprise, then, that Transylvania music majors fare extremely well in graduate programs and in the job market.

University of the Cumberlands
Williamsburg, KY
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Cumberlands’ Department of Music offers four degrees and three minors. As a student in any of these programs, you will learn to understand musical concepts, acquire musical skills and develop positive attitudes toward arts advocacy. The music faculty is comprised of outstanding music professionals who truly care about helping you develop your talents.

University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
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The UK School of Music is one of 10 designated Areas of Excellence within the University for its outstanding programs. The School has achieved awards and national recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral, and instrumental music performance, as well as for music education, composition, theory and music history. Our faculty has gained national and international prominence in their respective fields. Come be a part of the Award-Winning Tradition!

University of Louisville
Louisville, KY
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The University of Louisville School of Music is committed to teaching music as an artistic, academic, and professional discipline; to fostering in a variety of ways and for diverse communities the creation, performance, study, teaching, and therapeutic use of music; and to contributing innovative musical leadership in the city of Louisville and beyond.

Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY
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Welcome to the Department of Music and to WKU! You have chosen a university that is vibrant, exciting and progressive, and a department that is delighted that you have chosen to review what we do on the “Hill.” Our university has been accredited since 1948 for its exemplary music programs, and our department is one that seeks to nurture its musicians, both music majors and majors from other disciplines. We hope you will interact with us as a parent, a concert-goer, a patron or a student. As you peruse the website, it is hoped that you will sense the positive essence of the Department of Music and that you will plan to visit us very soon.