Kent State’s Brass Area emphasizes the fundamentals of healthy playing with many opportunities to perform. 

The artist-teachers of the brass area provide student-centered private instruction with a specialist on each instrument. Becoming a well-rounded player equipped to teach and perform in a variety of settings is a hallmark of the brass area. 


Faculty

Amanda Bekeny, trumpet Michael Chunn, trumpet
Kenneth Heinlein, tuba Kent Larmee, horn
David Mitchell, trombone/euphonium  

Private Lessons and Studio Classes

Private lessons are tailored to the individual needs and goals of each student covering a wide range of concert repertoire, technical studies and excerpts. 

Weekly studio classes offer opportunities for the entire studio to meet.

  • All studios meet separately at the same time every week, coming together for an all-studio meeting occasionally for guest lectures, clinics and masterclasses or to perform chamber music. 
  • Students perform for each other, sometimes as soloist and other times in small ensembles. 
  • Professors and guests also offer presentations on special topics relevant to brass performance, pedagogy and history.

Performance Opportunities

In addition to studio classes, additional opportunities to perform include:

  • Large and Small Ensembles (Click here for more information)
  • Juries (a culminating performance given every semester where faculty give constructive feedback and recommendations)
  • Recitals (music majors and approved nonmajors)

Degrees and Programs Offered

Majors

B.A. Music Major B.M. in Composition
B.M. Music Education B.M. in Performance
M.M. in Performance  

Minors

Music Minor Jazz Studies Minor
World Music Minor Arts Entrepreneurship Minor

Questions or want more information?

Contact
Liz Root
Recruitment Coordinator
musicadmissions@kent.edu | 330-672-2878


Scholarships, Financial Aid & Graduate Assistantships:

Scholarship & Financial Aid

UNDERGRADUATE INFORMATION

Music majors are eligible for scholarships and other forms of financial assistance from a variety of sources.

Several of these programs are administered directly by the School of Music, others are coordinated through Student Financial Aid. It is possible to receive combined assistance from more than one source. 

SCHOOL OF MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Awarded for outstanding musicianship upon recommendation of the audition committee at the time of acceptance to the School of Music. One audition applies to both acceptance and scholarship application.
  • Scholarships range in a variety of amounts per academic year and may be available for up to four years (eight semesters) provided students meet academic and performance expectations for renewal.
  • Most of these scholarships are awarded soon after our March audition date.

Questions about School of Music Scholarships?

Contact:
Dana Brown, Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies 
dabrown@kent.edu | 330-672-9236


KSU ORCHESTRA SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Service scholarships awarded by the society in support of the activities of Kent State University Orchestra.
  • Awarded to exceptional candidates by the Orchestra Director.
  • Amount of awards vary according to talent and need and may be renewable.
  • May be awarded in addition to other School of Music Scholarships.
  • Continuation of the scholarship is based upon artistic development and fulfillment of service responsibilities.

Marching Golden Flash Award

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

  • $1,000 divided into two $500 installments between the fall and spring semesters.
  • Recipients must participate in ALL required activities of the Marching Golden Flashes.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Incoming Kent State University first-year students.
  • Past returning members of the Marching Golden Flashes.
  • Must be enrolled in classes at Kent State.
  • Open to students of ANY major at Kent State.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS SCHOLARSHIP?

Email bands@kent.edu

Graduate Assistantships

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS OFFERED BY THE GLAUSER SCHOOL OF MUSIC  

The Glauser School of Music offers graduate assistantships in applied music performance, conducting, ethnomusicology, music education, string quartet and theory. Appointments begin August of the academic year. 


STIPEND, TUITION WAIVER AND APPOINTMENT DETAILS

Stipend

  • All graduate assistantships (Master’s and Ph.D.) carry a stipend.
  • Ranges: $3,750-$10,000, depending on workload and degree level.

Tuition Waiver

  • Master’s Students: 8 credits per semester
  • Ph.D. Students: 9 credits per semester

Appointment

  • Graduate assistantship duties are assigned as appropriate for the student’s area of study or expertise.  
  • Workload: 10 hours (half-time) or 20 hours (full-time) per week.

Learn More and View Anticipated Openings

Audition Dates and Procedures:

Auditions

Overview of Audition Dates, Procedures and Requirements

Explore how you can make the Glauser School your musical home!

Who needs to audition?

  • Undergraduate Students: All students interested in any Bachelor of Music (BM) and Bachelors of Arts (BA) programs need to audition in their major performance medium (voice or instrument).
  • Graduate Students: Only those interested in pursuing a Master of Music (MM) in Performance or Conducting need to audition for admission to their program of choice. Students pursuing Master of Arts (MA) programs only need to audition if interested in applied lessons.
  • Music Minors: Those interested in pursuing a Music Minor with a general or Jazz Studies concentration must audition in their performance medium. World Music Minor students do not need to audition for admission to that minor. 
  • Non-majors: Students in other majors need to audition in their performance area if they wish to take applied lessons. 

Audition Dates and Procedures

Spring 2021 Enrollment

  • Recorded Virtual Auditions Only
  • Deadline to submit the Audition Application:
    •   Friday, January 11, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)

Fall 2021 Enrollment

Please note: Live auditions will now be offered virtually. Prospective students will be able to meet with and play for faculty from their performance area on a specific day, at a specific time to simulate an in-person experience. 

  • Recorded Virtual Auditions are accepted during the fall 2020 semester.
  • Live Virtual Audition Dates:
    •  Jan. 30*^: Application closes Wednesday, January 20, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)
    •  Feb. 15*^: Application closes Friday, February 5, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)
    • Mar. 13*: Application closes Wednesday, March 3, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)
    • Apr. 3: Application closes Wednesday, March 24, 11:59 p.m. EDT (US)
  • If none of the dates above work, a special audition date can be arranged. Request this on your audition application!

*Prospective undergraduate students auditioning on this date will receive full music scholarship consideration.

^Prospective graduate students auditioning on this date will receive priority graduate assistantship consideration.


Follow these steps when completing your audition application

1. Click here to sign-up for an audition.

2. Audition Options

  • Recorded Virtual Audition 
    • Select "I wish to submit a recorded audition."
    • Follow the instructions for completing your recorded audition, making sure to follow the repertoire requirements for your performance medium (voice/instrument). 
  • Live Virtual Audition :
    • Select from the dates listed.
    • -OR-
    • Select "I am unable to attend a date listed above but wish to do an in-person audition. I will contact the School to set-up a separate date."

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATE ADMISSION


Undergraduate Admissions and Audition Requirements

Undergraduate Admission Requirements
Wind, Brass and Percussion Studies

Graduate Admissions and Audition Requirements

Graduate Admission Requirements
Brass