music theory

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must meet all general admission requirements for UMKC and the special Conservatory requirements. Additionally, a 10-minute audition is required in the applicant's major performance field to determine proficiency and placement in the appropriate applied level.
  • Apply early for fellowship and/or scholarship consideration.
  • You may be asked to interview with the composition faculty.


  • With more than 100 years of excellence, the Conservatory of Music and Dance 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
  • UMKC has appeared in the Time/Princeton Review: Best Colleges for You, and has consistently made the U.S. News and World Report list of America's Best Colleges.

Fast facts

  • 625 students in the Conservatory; 240 Conservatory graduate students, 385 Conservatory undergraduate; 9 percent of Conservatory students are international
  • Caring environment that nurtures excellence and promotes growth
  • Real opportunities for personal and professional growth
  • Performance opportunities in a metropolitan area   


  • Conservatory of Music and Dance faculty are known as some of the most talented performers and educators in the world
  • Faculty have performed with the world's leading symphonies and opera and dance companies

Student organizations

The Conservatory maintains an affiliation with:

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


UMKC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.