Areas of Emphasis: School of Music

The School of Music at the University of Kansas seeks to nurture and advance musical art through creativity, performance, scholarly inquiry, entrepreneurship. To this end, curricular and programmatic priorities structure the student experience according to four aspirations:

Intellectual and Practical Skills

  • Inquiry and critical thinking
  • Analysis
  • Teamwork and problem solving
  • Written and oral communication
  • Historical perspective in culture and society

Artistic Creativity and Scholarship

  • Development of artistic competencies
  • Stimulate imagination
  • Explore expressive potential
  • Experiences of stylistically diverse musical expression
  • Conceptual development for the amalgamation of the art and science of Music

Personal Responsibility

  • Self-discipline through applied skill development
  • Collaborative learning
  • Service learning and/or community engagement
  • Foundation for lifelong learning

Integrative Learning and Application

  • Synthesis and achievement in specialized studies and foundational coursework
  • Demonstrated capacity to adapt and apply knowledge, skills, and previous experiences to new settings and relevant issues
  • Competency development through experiential, academic, collaborative, and applied learning
  • Knowledge and skills sufficient to work as a leader and in collaboration on matters of musical interpretation
Bold Aspirations

Bold Aspirations is the strategic plan for KU, comprising individual plans for the following:

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This past week, new Jayhawks moved in and started their first semester at KU. Madisen Pool, a freshman in computer engineering, captured one of his first sunrises on the Hill. With a fresh start, and a feeling of accomplishment for starting college, Pool thought this view was a great reminder to enjoy life. We asked Pool what his advice would be to his fellow new Jayhawks and he said, "make your time here at the university memorable. Have fun, do something you’ve always wanted to do, meet new people, and most importantly get the most out of your experience and shape your life the way you want it to be. Rock Chalk!" We couldn't agree more. Rock Chalk, Madisen! Show us your new experiences with the hashtag, #exploreKU.

KU student tricks monkey flower into growing protective ‘hair’ Thanks to a KU Undergraduate Research Award (see more at http://ugresearch.ku.edu/student/fund/ugra), Sukhindervir Sandhu, a KU junior in biochemistry, figured out which genetic button to push to get a monkey flower, or Mimulus guttatus, to grow protective trichomes, or plant hair. Sandhu was able to track it down to a gene called SKP-1. By silencing SKP-1, he discovered that gene regulates plant hair growth in monkey flowers.


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  • 26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
  • Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
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