Welcome to the School of Music

The University of Kentucky’s School of Music – internationally recognized for excellence in performance, music education, and research in music – has played an important part in the development of musical life in Kentucky and beyond since 1918. 

The 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.

Stanley Pelkey, Director
Lori Hetzel, Associate Director

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.
Explore Our Programs
The School of Music Certificate in Baroque Trumpet develops performance and interpretation skills for the natural trumpet.
Dalcroze Eurhythmics is an approach to music education created by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze. The Dalcroze Institute at the University of Kentucky emphasizes music-teaching strategies to develop imagination, coordination, and expression.
Orff Schulwerk is “Music for Children”, a way to teach and learn music using poems, rhymes, games, songs, and dances as basic materials.
The division offers extended training in theory pedagogy for DMA and other doctoral students students in performance, composition, and other areas of emphasis; preparing them for faculty appointments that include duties in teaching theory. The program involves individual mentoring with theory faculty in addition to coursework.
Students will study anatomy and physiology of the singing voice, voice disorders, and more.
The Music Minor is an excellent option for students from any college to continue with playing an instrument or vocal performance without a major in the School of Music.
The Music Minor is an excellent option for students from any college to continue with playing an instrument or vocal performance without a major in the School of Music.
Music Education majors may choose between a vocal/elementary general music track or an instrumental (band/orchestra) track.
UK subscribes to the philosophy that training in music education should be as practical and hands-on as possible.
The Bachelor of Arts in Music provides the flexibility multidisciplinary students need with a grounding in music theory, history and performance. Popular with students pursuing double majors, the BA in Music provides a liberal arts approach to the study of this fine arts discipline.
Admission to the Bachelor of Music program in music performance is granted only after the successful completion of an audition in the student’s performance area.
Students at the UK School of Music enjoy hundreds of opportunities each year to perform in solo recitals, chamber groups and our more than 30 diverse instrumental and vocal ensembles. Our ensembles have performed at prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and have enjoyed international tours to China, Italy, France, Spain and more.
The five full-time faculty members of UK theory & composition are engaged in active creation and research with distinction in popular music studies, pedagogy, Schenkerian studies, 19th-century music, and commissioned compositions.
The University of Kentucky School of Music houses Kentucky’s first and only graduate program in music therapy.
The School of Music offers several graduate degree options in Musicology/Ethnomusicology: an M.A., a Ph.D., or a combined M.A./Ph.D.
The School of Music offers the Master of Music (M.M.) with specialty areas in performance including an MM in in Sacred Music.
Upcoming Events
  • Band students on stage
    Jan 28 2022, Jan 29 2022, Jan 30 2022

    Honor Weekend features two fantastic bands and lots of opportunities to learn, grow, and share in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with giants of the wind band world and other band students.…

    Singletary Center
  • Band students on stage
    Jan 28 2022, Jan 29 2022, Jan 30 2022

    Honor Weekend features two fantastic bands and lots of opportunities to learn, grow, and share in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with giants of the wind band world and other band students.…

    Singletary Center
  • Boston Brass musicians on stoop
    Jan 29 2022 | 7:30 - 9pm

    UK Wind Symphony, Dr. John Cody Birdwell, conductor

    For over 30 years Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. From exciting classical arrangements to…

    Singletary Concert Hall
  • Band students on stage
    Jan 28 2022, Jan 29 2022, Jan 30 2022

    Honor Weekend features two fantastic bands and lots of opportunities to learn, grow, and share in a once-in-a-lifetime experience with giants of the wind band world and other band students.…

    Singletary Center
  • violin
    Jan 31 2022 | 7 - 8pm

    Tze-Ying Wu and Jacob Coleman (Viola and Piano)

    Program:

    J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in G Major, BWV 1027 Libby Larsen: Viola Sonata Stacy Garrop: Torque…
    Singletary Recital Hall
  • image of Thomas Leleu jumping over tuba
    Feb 10 2022 | 7pm

    Guest Artist Recital: Thomas Leleu, tuba, with Jacob Coleman on piano
    February 10, 7pm, Niles Gallery

    Thomas was awarded the prize Instrumental Soloist Revelation of the year at…

    John Jacob Niles Gallery
  • Image of students playing trombones
    Feb 15 2022 | 7:30pm

    UK Jazz Ensemble, Miles Osland, director

    UK Lab Band, Dr. Raleigh Dailey, director

    In accordance with University of Kentucky COVID mitigation policies, all audience members are…

    Singletary Recital Hall
  • image of Men's and Women's Choirs singing together
    Feb 17 2022 | 7:30pm

    ACDA Preview Concert featuring the UK Men's Chorus & UK Women's Choir

    Dr. Jefferson Johnson, conductor

    Dr. Lori Hetzel, conductor

     

    In accordance with…

    Singletary Concert Hall
  • Kaija Saariaho
    Feb 18 2022 | 7:30pm

    University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
    John Nardolillo, Conductor
    Madison Jones, MM'23, violin

    February 18th, 2022 | 7:30 PM | SCFA Concert Hall

    PROGRAM:

    Singletary Concert Hall
  • Elizabeth Freimuth headshot with French horn
    Feb 27 2022 | 12 - 7:30pm

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED, DATE TBD

    Featuring Elizabeth Freimuth, principal horn of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 

    12-1pm: Check in 1pm: Fundamentals session 2pm: Horn…
    Fine Arts Building
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