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. 

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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


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


Music Minor Jazz Studies Minor
World Music Minor Arts Entrepreneurship Minor

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