Music Areas of Study

The University of Kentucky School of Music offers degree programs within five areas of study as well as Minors in Music Performance and Music Theory & History. Our performance areas are brass, keyboards, percussion, strings, voice, and winds; each boasting world-class faculty on a variety of instruments. Additionally, we have research programs for scholars and professional training for teachers. Please follow the links below or in the menu to find out more about each discipline.

Students may also be interested in the more general and comprehensive B.A. in Music. The Bachelor of Arts in Music provides the flexibility multidisciplinary degree students need with a grounding in music theory, history, and performance. The route provides a liberal arts approach to the study of a fine arts discipline. As the most flexible degree in the School of Music, the Bachelor of Arts in Music is a smart choice for students who are considering a double major or will pursue another discipline at the University of Kentucky alongside Music.  An audition is still required for entry into the School of Music, see the Auditions & Admissions page for more information on how to apply.

You can also find links to official UK documents about degree types and degree requirements on the CFA Degree Programs page.


Music Education Undergraduate


The major in music education is the joint concern of the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education.

Music Education Graduate


Alumni in music education are teaching in the public schools of some 26 states as well as in positions at universities such as UCLA, University of Florida, Syracuse University, and more.

Music Performance Graduate


Our students have performed with renowned artists including Lang Lang, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and more. Our faculty are world renown performers practicing their craft on a global scale.

Musicology & Ethnomusicology


The Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology of the UK School of Music offers a superior education in musicology with its diverse faculty of scholars, its dual emphasis on traditional research and creative explorations in the field, its focus on collaborations between scholarship and performanc

Music Therapy


Students who have an undergraduate degree in music therapy may pursue the 30-credit hour Master of Music in Music Therapy degree, which includes a thesis or clinical project. A combined equivalency/master degree program is available for students without an undergraduate degree in music therapy.

Music Theory & Composition


UK offers PhD and MA degrees in music theory, the MM and DMA in composition, as well as a concentration in theory or composition within the BA 

Music Liberal Arts


The Bachelor of Arts in Music curriculum consists of music theory, music history, ensemble performance, private lessons and a foreign language requirement. Students will also complete at least 12 hours of related electives outside the School of Music.

Musical Theatre Certificate

Undergraduate Certificate

Students in this interdisciplinary program train with experts in Private Voice Coaching, Musical Theatre Dance and Technique as well as Master Classes and Musical Theatre Productions and Performances.

Created 08/16/2021
Last Updated 08/16/2021