About the Glauser School
Music has been part of the fabric of Kent State University for over 100 years, starting with the first head of the department Anne Maud Shamel and the first classes of special music students. Today, the Glauser School of Music celebrates its past while looking toward the future.
A Message from the Glauser School Director
Welcome to the Glauser School of Music! Whether you’re a prospective student, educator, alum or community member, I would like to personally invite you to explore all that we have to offer from our academic programs and performances to our ensembles and community programs.
At the Glauser School, we celebrate the vibrant and diverse musics the world has to offer, from Western Classical and Jazz to the many Asian and African traditions. Our comprehensive degree programs help students reach professional and personal goals. We are also the only public university with an established partnership with a “Big 5” orchestra—The Cleveland Orchestra.
It’s an exciting time in the School. Currently, we’re re-evaluating all programs with the goal to provide more opportunities for students to explore the diverse musical world and make room for entrepreneurial ideas and activities within our curriculum. I’m enthusiastic about the possibilities and look forward to announcing our revised programs in the near future.
Since my arrival in 2019, I’ve been impressed by the creative energy of our people in the Glauser School. Throughout the last year, this has been even more apparent. I look forward to the 2021-2022 academic year when we can again begin to gather to experience that energy in our performance spaces and engage in robust conversations in our classrooms.
Director and Professor
We are Committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Anti-Racism
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force will lead the Glauser School's efforts to increase diverse representation, create and sustain equality of opportunity, and intentionally foster an inclusive and equitable environment.
We envision a School of Music that empowers individuals, expands opportunities, and meaningfully honors all voices.
To cultivate a safe, diverse community, and harness its power for change.
We offer comprehensive Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees at the Kent Campus and the Stark Campus.
- Bachelor of Arts (General Music, Jazz Studies and Contemporary Popular Music majors)
- Bachelor of Music (Composition, Music Education and Performance majors)
- Bachelor of Science in Music Technology (Stark Campus-only)
Minors in General Music, Jazz Studies and World Music.
- Master of Arts (Composition, Ethnomusicology and Theory majors)
- Master of Music (Conducting, Music Education and Performance majors).
- Doctor of Philosophy (Music Education and Theory-Composition)
*All programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)*
Our Kent and Stark Campus faculty offer in-depth study in 14 distinct areas.
- Chamber Music: String Quartet
- Jazz Studies
- Piano and Collaborative Piano
Music Composition and Theory
Music Technology (Stark Campus exclusive program)
We offer many options for Music Majors, Minors and the broader Kent State and Northeast Ohio community.
- Wind Ensemble
- Symphony Band
- University Band
- Marching Band
- Flasher Brass
- Kent State Youth Winds
- Kent State Chorale
- Kent Chorus
- Coro Cantare
- Kent State Gospel Choir
- Jazz Orchestra
- Jazz Workshop Ensemble
- Numerous student combos
- Nova Jazz Singers
New Music Ensemble
- African Ensemble
- Thai Ensemble
- Steel Band
We have established partnerships with organizations and institutions across Northeast Ohio.
Media and Educational Programming Partners
- Akron Public Schools: Firestone Community Learning Center
- The Akron Symphony
- Cleveland Classical
- The Cleveland Orchestra
- Cleveland School of the Arts
- Kent City Schools
- Kent State Orchestra Society
- Kulas Foundation
- Music from the Western Reserve
- The Record-Courier
- Tuesday Musical
Community Engagement Programs
A Community of Change-makers, Creators and Innovators
The College of the Arts at Kent State University includes the School of Music, School of Art, School of Theatre and Dance, and the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, making it one of the largest academic units at Kent State.
To empower global leaders who ignite creativity, inspire discovery and transform all lives through the arts.
The College of the Arts will lead as innovators and global change-makers, advancing a creative and collaborative culture.
Kent Blossom Music Festival
Every summer, the Glauser School hosts the Kent Blossom Music Festival (KBMF)—now a 53-year partnership with The Cleveland Orchestra. Young Artists come from around the world to spend five weeks studying and making music with an internationally renowned roster of artist-faculty from the orchestra, Glauser School and guests.
Since its founding in 1968 by George Szell and Louis Lane, more than 2,200 such young artists and world-class professionals have shared the nationally recognized Kent/Blossom experience. Blossom enjoys a significant position of enriching the international music field. The program has propelled hundreds of remarkable young musicians into the ranks of major orchestras, opera companies and conservatory facilities throughout the United State and around the globe.