About the UK School of Music

UK School of Music

There are almost 400 music majors in the School of Music, including more than 150 graduate students. The more than 50 full-time and 15 part-time faculty members are recognized for excellence in teaching, performance, and research. They are leaders in their disciplines. With a low faculty-to-student ratio, the School of Music provides personal attention with small classes and excellent private applied instruction.

The School has achieved awards and national recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as for music education, music therapy, composition, theory and music history. Our faculty has gained national and international prominence in their respective fields.

The UK School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Visit the NASM website for more information about accreditation.

Performing Groups/Ensembles

Our performing groups have won acclaim in competitions, performances alongside world-class artists, and in music journals. Students have the opportunity to perform in the Wildcat Marching Band, Orchestra, Concert Band, Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensembles, Jazz Ensembles, Choral Ensembles, UK Opera Theatre and other ensembles.

UK College of Fine Arts: Offering degrees in art, arts administration, music and theatre, the College of Fine arts is rooted in creative learning and growth. The College of Fine Arts offers rich and diverse learning opportunities designed to meet your individual needs.

University of Kentucky: Founded in 1865 as a land-grant institution adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK’s campus is now home to 28,000 students and 13,500 employees. The state’s flagship university consists of 16 academic and professional colleges where students can choose from some 200 majors and degree programs.



  • Bachelor of Music (BM)
    • Music Education (BMME)
    • Music Performance
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Minor in Music


  • Master of Arts (MA)
    • Musicology
    • Music Theory
  • Master of Music (MM)
    • Performance
    • Conducting
    • Sacred Music
    • Composition
    • Music Therapy
    • Music Education
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Musicology
    • Music Education
    • Music Theory
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)
    • Performance
    • Composition
    • Conducting (instrumental or choral)
  • Rank I in Music Education
  • Cert. in Music Theory Pedagogy
  • Graduate Certificate in Orff Schulwerk, a 12-hour curriculum