The UMKC Conservatory of Music has earned national and international recognition through its music and dance performance, composition, teaching and scholarship. The most comprehensive music and dance educational center in the Midwest since 1906, the Conservatory boasts more than 80 faculty widely recognized as world-class scholars, artists, teachers and leaders in their fields.

The Conservatory attracts many of the finest students in the world with more than 600 musicians and dancers currently enrolled. The students are nearly equally divided between undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Conservatory consists of six divisions including Composition, Music Theory and Musicology, Dance, Instrumental Studies, Keyboard Studies, Music Education/Music Therapy, and Vocal Studies.

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  • an Aid in the Process 

    Winter, Zane (2016)
    an Aid in the Process is a work featuring an unusual orchestral configuration, making use of two distinct groups, each with their own conductor. Programmatically, the work addresses aid in-dying legislation and contemporary ...
  • Melodic Conventions through Improvisation 

    Carmona, Taylor Mar (2016)
    The study of the common melodic units in western music — motives and phrase and period models — begins with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of music. At the same time, a solid understanding of the fundamentals ...
  • Cooperating Music Teachers’ Opinions Regarding the Importance of Selected Traits as Predictors of Successful Student Teaching Experiences 

    Edelman, Philip Benjamin (2016)
    The purpose of the study was to determine the perceptions of cooperating mentor teachers regarding the importance of certain teacher traits as predictors of a successful student teaching experience. The data collection ...
  • Perceived Stress among Public School Music Educators: Stress over Time, Demographic Differences, Common Self-Identified Factors of Stress, and Relationships between Demographic Differences and Emergent Stress Themes 

    Doss, Justin Allan (2016)
    Teaching frequently has been identified as a stressful occupation, warranting numerous studies of teacher burnout, attrition, and stress. Levels of professional burnout and attrition among educators have been shown ...
  • Interprofessional Collaboration Across the Treatment Process in Music Therapy 

    Boswell-Burns, Andrea Marie (2016)
    The purpose of this study was to identify common protocols for music therapists who utilize interprofessional collaboration (IC) in the workplace. Participants were all Board Certified Music Therapists (N = 595). The ...
  • Becoming a Healthier Guitarist: Understanding and Addressing Injuries 

    Bosi, Bráulio (2016)
    The field of performance arts medicine is supplying musicians with alarming statistics regarding their health. Authors give statistics as high as 93% when discussing the injury rate among instrumentalists. As guitar ...
  • Influence, Innovation, and Structure: Modernist Evaluative Criteria in the Reception Histories of Charles Ives and Jean Sibelius 

    Stout, Andrew Howard (2016)
    In 1987, Maynard Solomon published an article titled “Charles Ives: Some Questions of Veracity,” which challenged the priority and probity of Charles Ives’s technical innovations and ignited a scholarly firestorm. ...
  • Clear Sound for Clarinet and Orchestra 

    Stevenson, Benjamin Joel (2016)
    Clear Sound is the opening movement of a larger three movement concerto for solo clarinet and orchestra being written for clarinetist and conductor Luis Viquez Cordoba. I set out to compose a traditionally structured ...
  • Settings of the Sabbath 

    Fellman, Katie (2016)
    Settings of the Sabbath is a piece written for large ensemble and SATB choir. The Sabbath is a sacred time for Jews that starts sundown Friday night and ends at sundown Saturday night. It is a time for reflection, ...
  • Nicodemus! The Beds are Burning Again: The Ascension of Gorgomath 

    Miller, Michael Brian (2016)
    Nicodemus! The Beds are Burning Again: The Ascension of Gorgomath is a 22-minute concerto for piano and chamber orchestra that explores the use of narrative as a means of unifying disparate musical languages into a ...
  • The Battle of Westport: Along Union Lines A Chamber Work With Electronics and Narration in Eight Movements 

    Lynn, Brian Arthur (2016)
    The Battle of Westport: Along Union Lines is an eight-movement chamber piece for 12 instruments (3 woodwinds, 3 brass, 1 percussion, string quintet), electronics and narration. Live audio has been captured at eight of the ...
  • Mock Trial! 

    Liu, Elbert, 1988- (2016)
    Mock Trial is a work for wind ensemble. It is inspired by proceedings common to debates and courtroom sessions, where multiple arguments are presented, examined and cross-examined. As a parody, the work pokes fun at the ...
  • Heartbeat for Orchestra 

    Ma, Qingnan (2016)
    Heartbeat is a work for orchestra inspired by our heart, which starts from the day we are born. My work is concerned with both the abstract representation of the heartbeat in graph form, and also the emotional expressions ...
  • The Footsteps Die Out For Ever (2016) for narrator, drum set, and orchestra 

    Harbison, Andrew J. (2016)
    A Tale of Two Cities, serialized in weekly and monthly installments and finally published as a single volume in November 1859, is one of Charles Dickens’s best-loved and most-analyzed novels. In The Footsteps Die Out ...
  • Till Coffee Do Us Part 

    Chittum, John Rupert (2016)
    Till Coffee Do Us Part is a chamber opera scored for two violins, cello, electronics,  soprano, and tenor. The opera was written as a part of Black House Collective’s and the  Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alli ...
  • Tsuki no Shirabe for flute and koto 

    Steele, Scott (2015)
    Tsuki no Shirabe was composed at the request of Jun Aita-san to commemorate her 60th birthday of her mother, Michiko Saito-san. I asked to compose music that is both reminiscent of Japanese music and aesthetics, and ...
  • Cryptogram (2011) for wind ensemble 

    Capp, Tyler Avis (2015)
    Cryptogram is a nine-minute, one-movement composition for wind ensemble that explores the use of embedded musical quotations to generate basic melodic, harmonic, and formal structures. In contrast to traditional quotation, ...
  • Press Start: Narrative Integration in 16-bit Video Game Music 

    Sextro, Justin Daniel (2015)
    Ever since Pong graced the screens of video arcades, one of the most influential interactions between technology and sound has been the video game console. Over the past decade, scholars have begun to recognize this ...
  • Redwall Symphonic Poem for Orchestra 

    Luetkemeyer, Joshua Kyle (2015-08-04)
    Redwall is programmatically based off of the Redwall book series by Brian Jacques. The story takes place in a medieval world where animals are given human characteristics. The protagonist, Martin, is a slave mouse who ...
  • Chamber Symphony 

    Kern, Joseph (2015-08-04)
    “Chamber Symphony” is a symphony for chamber orchestra (flute/piccolo, oboe/english horn, clarinet, bassoon, two horns in F, piano, and strings) and soprano. It is in a nesting doll structure. That is, there are increasingly ...

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