Areas of Study

At the Glauser School, you'll find 13 Areas of Study offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Explore them below!


Michael Chunn teaching trumpet student | Photo Credit: Andrew Paa


Students studying brass instruments at Kent State work with specialists of each instrument in lessons and perform chamber music in studio class. 

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String Quartet

Chamber Music

With a focus on enhancing ensemble playing, musical artistry and technical mastery, the MM in Chamber Music offers pre-formed string quartets the opportunity for intensive study of some of the greatest music ever written. Graduate assistantships are available. 

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Student in Music Theory Class

Composition and Theory

The music theory and composition area features a student-centered approach to academic coursework in all undergraduate and graduate music programs. Degrees are available the bachelor's, master's and doctoral level. 

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Karen Ní Bhroin (MM in Conducting '20) | Photo Credit: Mason Smith


Concentrations are available in choral, orchestral and wind band conducting. Students studying conducting at Kent State will receive significant time on the podium and mentorship from faculty. 

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Students performing in African Ensemble


Kent State is one of only 27 schools of music in the U.S. offering a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology. The division also offers the World Music minor to undergraduate students as well as ensembles dedicated to the study of African and Asian music. 

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Jazz Orchestra


Kent State University's Jazz Studies Program has quickly garnered wide-spread attention for its unique curriculum, world-class faculty and incredible performance opportunities.

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Dr. Wendy Matthews leading Fab Friday

Music Education

Kent State is one of only two public universities in Ohio to offer the Bachelors through Ph.D. in Music Education. As part of the program of study, students receive intensive instruction in music theory, music history, ethnomusicology, applied study and education. The program boasts alumni in P-12 and university positions throughout the world. 

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Percussion Ensemble | Photo Credit: Mason Smith


Kent State's percussion studies program, led by Dr. Matthew Holm, offers comprehensive training for educators and performers to pursue their careers or advanced study. 

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Pianist performing


Kent State offers bachelor's and master's programs in piano, including the recently developed collaborative piano concentration for those pursuing graduate study. We are also an All-Steinway School.

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Amy Lee Teaching


Whether you're interested in performance or education, Kent State's string area offers comprehensive and intensive training to achieve your professional and personal goals. Offering both bachelor's and master's degree programs. 

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All voice studios | Photo Credit: Mason Smith


Equal parts knowledgeable, healthy voice instruction; solid, interesting course offerings and unique, exciting performance opportunities make a reputable, solid voice program. Degrees at the bachelor's and master's levels. 

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Diane Rechner teaching flute student


At Kent State, students study flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon with a dedicated artist-teacher who specializes in their instrument. Degrees are offered at the bachelor's and master's levels. 

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