General Music Studies at Kent State University

A music-focused core curriculum offering the flexibility of the Liberal Arts to allow for exploration of your diverse interests.

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Combine your passion for music with another area of interest to help you reach your professional and personal goals.

Degrees and Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Minor in Music


  • A core music curriculum including music theory, music history, applied lessons, ensembles and recitals. 
  • The freedom to combine your music studies with another major or minor program from across the university. A few common complimentary programs include business, non-profit studies, psychology, math, English and many more. 


Your future career and advanced study possibilities are wide, with several recent alumni pursuing post-graduation paths in:

  • Arts Management and Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Music Therapy
  • Music Performance or Academic Music Studies
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Explore Our Applied Study Departments


  • Brass


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

  • Percussion


    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. 

  • Piano & Collaborative Piano

    Piano & Collaborative Piano

    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.

  • Strings & String Quartet

    Strings & String Quartet

    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. 

  • Voice


    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. 

  • Woodwinds


    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.