music education

Emphasis areas

  • Choral
  • Instrumental
  • Choral and Instrumental
  • Music Therapy

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.
  • Offers a bachelor's in music education with an emphasis in choral music, instrumental music or music therapy.
  • Offers degree options in music and dance and a talented artist-faculty.
  • 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.
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Fast facts

  • 625 students in the Conservatory; 240 Conservatory graduate students, 385 Conservatory undergraduate; 9 percent of Conservatory students are international
  • 100 percent job placement rate.
  • Musical and academic excellence - a rigorous program that requires discipline and enthusiasm.
  • An exciting program that serves for those who want to teach music to others, especially in elementary, choral and instrumental music.
  • Classes in musicianship, performance and teaching techniques, followed by extensive field experiences.  Curriculum is contemporary.
  • Excellent graduate music education options for those wanting advanced training.


  • Conservatory faculty are nationally-known, well-respected professionals and clinicians with outstanding reputations in music education.
  • 95 percent of UMKC faculty have a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field.
  • UMKC's student-to-faculty ratio is a low 14-to-1.

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.