The Kutztown University Marching Unit (KUMU) is a marching band with a great history. Founded in 1934, KUMU is open to any interested student enrolled at KU, no matter their field of study. With more than 150 students involved, the marching unit is an energetic part of the KU Campus Community and the largest student group on campus. The marching unit provides music, marching, and entertainment for all Golden Bear football games, select away games, marching band festivals/competitions, professional sporting events, parades and additional spirit building activities. They were featured as the only collegiate band in the 2015 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.
KUMU is just one of dozens of large and small music ensembles available to KU students.
The Department of Music offers an outstanding undergraduate education for aspiring musicians while serving as a primary cultural resource for the region. With an emphasis on active learning, the comprehensive music curriculum gives our students extensive experience in their chosen field of study. Our renowned music faculty mentors and fosters each individual student's development and guides them to professional success.
KU offers bachelor degrees in music performance, music education and commercial music as well as minors in music, music history, jazz studies and audio engineering.
The newest addition to the department is the master of education in music education degree which is designed specifically for working professionals. The program can be completed fully online or partially on-campus. It offers students the flexibility needed to balance work, school, and personal obligations. Graduates will possess tools needed to work as advanced practitioners and leaders of music education in K-12 schools. Coursework covers topics in music education issues and trends, learning processes, instructional design, research applications, musical analysis, musicology, and technology.
The Department of Music is housed in Old Main and Schaeffer Auditorium, which reopened in the fall of 2013 after a $21 million renovation to accommodate the rapidly growing music program. The 20,000 square foot expansion included two new large rehearsal halls, a recital/lecture hall, practice rooms, music classrooms, chamber music rehearsal rooms, music library, instrument and uniform storage, lockers, lounge, and new dressing rooms.
KU announced its designation as an All Steinway School in 2016. The history, traditions and designs of Steinway & Sons Pianos are found in concert halls all over the world. A university that is All Steinway has made a commitment to excellence in musical teaching and performance. KU has joined more than 150 schools worldwide and a dozen Pennsylvania institutions of higher education with the All Steinway designation. KU students acquire a refined perception of tone and performance in musical experiences with Steinway pianos.
Information on our degree programs, application materials, auditions and scholarships can be found under the prospective student pages.