Admission requirements

  • Students must have previous training in ballet and/or modern dance.  Students interested in being admitted are subject to successful 90-minute auditions in both ballet and modern dance.
  • New students must meet the general requirements for admission to the university.
  • All undergraduate transfer students must be admitted to the university and the Conservatory, present complete official transcripts, and audition.


  • With more than 100 years of excellence, the Conservatory has set the standard as the most comprehensive music and dance education center in the Midwest since 1906.
  • Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Certification Board for Music Therapists.
  • Studying in a metropolitan area offers exposure to world-class museums, dance companies, Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, theater companies and opportunities in dance.
  • The Conservatory has liaisons with dance companies and arts organizations that allow students to have professional experiences as apprentices and interns.
  • The Dance Division curriculum provides the artistic and professional training for a career in dance and a range of dance and academic courses for a well-rounded educational experience.
  • UMKC's campus is located within walking distance of one of the most distinguished museums in the nation, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Fast facts

The Conservatory of Music and Dance offers the following:

  • Variety of degree programs in Music and Dance
  • Talented artist-faculty
  • Caring environment that nurtures excellence and promotes growth
  • Real opportunities for personal and professional growth 
  • Performance opportunities in a metropolitan area   


  • The Conservatory Dance Faculty is nationally renowned as both artists and teachers.
  • Faculty members have performed with such illustrious dance companies such as American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey, Dayton Contemporary, Deeply Rooted of Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, Philadanco, and the San Francisco Ballet, and bring this professional experience to the students.

Student organizations

The Conservatory maintains an affiliation with:

  • American College Dance Festival Association
  • National Federation of Music Clubs  CMENC; Student Organization of MENC
  • The National Association for Music Education
  • American Music Therapy Association
  • International Association of Jazz Educators
  • American Guild of Organists
  • American Choral Directors Association
  • New Horizons Community Band
  • Sigma Alpha Iota, Mu Phi Epsilon, and Pi Kappa Lambda (national music honor society)


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Contact us

Office of Admissions

120 Administrative Center
5115 Oak St.
Kansas City, MO 64112
Phone: 816-235-1111
Toll-free: 1-800-775-8652
Relay Missouri: 1-800-735-2966 (TTY)

Visit us

Students are encouraged to schedule a campus visit by visiting or calling 816-235-8652.


UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.