The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University offers programs leading to undergraduate degrees for students who seek a high level of professional competence in music education, piano, instrumental music, vocal music, composition or music technology. The Bachelor of Arts degree is also available for music majors seeking musical growth within a liberal arts program. Graduate programs in music lead to the Master of Arts, Master of Music or Doctor of Philosophy. All of these programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Undergraduate music students pursue programs leading to the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Science degree. An audition is required. Master of Arts degree majors are available in music composition, ethnomusicology and music theory. Master of Music majors are available in performance, performance (chamber music) and conducting. In addition, a completely online Master of Music degree in music education is offered. A Doctor of Philosophy degree is available in music theory-composition and in music education. The School of Music provides the finest possible training for both the professional musician and the prospective music teacher. In addition, graduates are prepared for a variety of other music-related professions.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Candidates select from the following majors and associated concentrations:

Major: Music 


General Music
Jazz Studies
Contemporary Popular Music*
    *Offered at Stark Campus only

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree gives music majors an opportunity to study music and liberal arts with an optional minor available in most academic areas of the university, or as a dual degree program with a major in another field. Although not as music intensive compared to Bachelor of Music degree programs, it includes study on a main instrument and ensemble participation throughout the program. In addition to General Music, other areas of specialization now include Jazz Studies at the Kent Campus and Contemporary Popular Music at the Stark Campus. 

Major: Music Education 


CHORAL/GENERAL The curriculum for music education is one of the most forward-looking curricula in the country and includes work in jazz, folk, musical theatre and music of the entire world while providing a strong grounding in western art music. The degree prepares students to teach kindergarten through 12th grade in any public school in Ohio and is recognized in most states throughout the country. Music education students specialize in instrumental or choral/general music. With a student-centered approach to pre-service music teacher preparation, highly qualified faculty in

music education strive to prepare teacher-leaders for the classroom, to serve their students, work collaboratively with colleagues, and lead their profession into the next decades of the century.

Bachelor of Science

Major: Music Technology



The Bachelor of Science in Music Technology is offered at Kent State University at Stark. Audio Recording majors learn advanced audio recording techniques. Music Production majors learn how to use technology to realize creative work such as: original music, arranging and production. The development of music technology has had an enormous impact on the music industry. There are many career opportunities for talented musicians in music technology. Skilled musicians can apply formal training to recording careers, studio performance, arranging or producing and live performances. Opportunities are also available in nontraditional, contemporary popular music venues, the movie industry, television, multimedia events, and music for advertising, as well as traditional performing arts venues. 


The jazz studies minor program provides instruction in performance, composition and arranging. Prospective jazz studies minors must audition in voice or on an instrument for acceptance into the program. The music minor provides a basic understanding of music literature, theory and performance. Prospective students take a theory placement test and audition in piano, voice or on a traditional orchestral/band instrument before beginning their studies. This program is available to students majoring in fields other than music and requires an audition. The world music minor program provides concentrated study of traditional and popular world music (style, performance, history, cultural associations and related arts). Students of any major can pursue this minor as part of their degree program. No audition is required. The audio recording minor at Kent State Stark is designed to give students a strong foundation in the rapidly developing field of audio recording technologies. Coupled with courses in music, the minor provides students with the necessary tools to be successful in studio equipment, techniques and standards. Contact Kent State Stark for audition information. The music technology minor at Kent State Stark is designed to give students a strong foundation in the rapidly developing field of music production and audio recording technologies. Coupled with courses in applied music, the minor provides students with the necessary tools to be successful in studio equipment, techniques and standards. Contact Kent State Stark for audition information.

Special Facilities/Programs

Performance Halls

The recently renovated 270 seat Carl F. W. Ludwig Recital Hall is located in the Center for the Performing Arts. Most School of Music performances take place in this space, including small ensemble, faculty, student and guest artist recitals. Most large ensemble concerts are given in University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall with limited performances in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

Kent/Blossom Music

The School of Music is the home of Kent/Blossom Music Festival, a summer partnership between Kent State University and The Cleveland Orchestra. Each year, approximately 45 students from all over the world are selected through highly competitive auditions to engage in intensive individual, chamber music and orchestral study on the Kent Campus. Members of The Cleveland Orchestra, the Miami String Quartet, and the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music constitute the faculty of the festival. World famous guest artists also visit every year to perform, teach and give masterclasses. Numerous performances are given by both students and faculty, including a side-by-side concert at Blossom Music Center with The Cleveland Orchestra.

Performing Arts Library

The Performing Arts Library, located in the lower level of the Music and Speech Center (Room D-003) houses approximately 92,000 items relating to the study and performance of music, theatre and dance; subscribes to more than 175 periodicals; and provides online access to Oxford Music Online, Oxford Reference Online - Performing Arts, RILM, Naxos Performing Arts Library, Classical Performing Arts Library, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Play Index, MLA International Bibliography and other databases. The collection includes more than 16,000 sound recordings, 42,000 musical scores, 20,000 books, about 400 items in Music Special Collections and more than 260 periodical titles.

Performing Ensembles

Students interested in participating in the following ensembles should contact the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, Kent State University at or by calling 330-672-2172. Information also available at

  • African Ensemble
  • Basketball Band
  • Bassoon Ensemble
  • Chamber Music
  • Chorale Clarinet Ensemble
  • Concert Band
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Gospel Choir
  • Jazz Choir
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Kent Chorus
  • Marching Band
  • Men’s Chorus
  • New Music Ensemble
  • Opera Workshop
  • Orchestra Percussion Ensemble
  • Steel Band
  • Thai Ensemble
  • University Band
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Women’s Chorus
  • World Music Ensemble


Students in music programs are eligible for scholarships from a variety of sources, such as the School of Music, the Honors College and the Student Financial Aid Office. A detailed listing of specific scholarships, graduate assistantships, awards, grants and loans can be found by visiting or

Audition Dates

Information about current audition dates for admission can be obtained from the School of Music website and viewing the online undergraduate and graduate audition application forms accessed from the Admission and Auditions link.