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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