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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Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”


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