Music Performance at Kent State

We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in performance where you’ll be mentored by a dedicated artist-faculty.

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You’ll experience a student-centered approach to developing your unique skills and talents as a musician in the 21st century.

Private Lessons 

  • Study one-on-one with a specialist in your performance medium.
  • Tailored to your individual personal and professional needs and goals. 

Studio Classes

  • Meet regularly with your teacher(s) and fellow students for master classes, clinics and guest speakers.
  • Perform for your peers and teachers for feedback in a collegial, supportive setting. 

Performance Opportunities

  • Build community and musicianship in our Instrumental, Vocal and World Music Ensembles. 
  • Participate in the annual Kent State Orchestra Concerto Competition for an opportunity to be a featured soloist.
  • Form chamber ensembles and be coached by Performance Area faculty.
  • Northeast Ohio offers a rich cultural landscape to perform as a soloist, chamber music and large ensemble member off campus. 
Students performing in opera "Die Fledermaus"
Dr. Donna Lee teaches student in her studio



  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Music in Performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Composition
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education


  • Music Minor
  • Jazz Studies
  • World Music
  • Arts Entrepreneurship


  • Master of Music in Performance

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Undergraduate Graduate

Explore Our Performance 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.