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FAQs

UMKC Conservatory FAQs

Degree Programs

  • What degree programs do you offer?
  • Can I minor in music or dance?
    • The Conservatory does not offer any minors at this time
  • Can I double major at the Conservatory?
    • We do have Conservatory students who complete two degrees concurrently.  The most common double-major combination is a Bachelor of Music in Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education, but other combinations of majors are possible.  Pursuing a double major will likely add time to your degree plan (students who double major typically take more than 4 years to graduate.) 
  • Can I double major in a Conservatory degree and a non-Conservatory degree?
    • If you are interested in pursuing a Conservatory area and a degree in another area, the Conservatory degree must be your “home degree.”  For students interested in a double major, we recommend looking into our Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, which has non-music course requirements and can often fit well alongside a non-Conservatory degree.  Completion of a double major will typically take longer than 4 years.
  • I have transfer credit.  How long will it take me to complete a Conservatory degree?
    • For transfer students (with at least 24 transferrable credits), completion of a Conservatory degree will typically take at least 3 years.  For incoming freshmen with dual credit or AP/IB credit, completion of a Conservatory degree will typically take at least 4 years.
  • Do you offer a degree in Musical Theater?
    • We do not have a musical theater program at this time.  We do produce two main-stage operas each year, but we do not currently have plans for any musical theater productions.

Applying and Auditioning

  • How do I apply?
  • How do I sign up for an audition?
    • On the Conservatory supplemental application, you will choose your audition date.  The date you choose is the date on which you will audition.  We offer three audition dates: two in February and one in March.  Current audition dates can be found here: http://conservatory.umkc.edu/content.cfm?cont=1C25
  • I filled out my UMKC General application, but I haven’t heard back from the admissions office yet.  Do I need to wait for acceptance from the University before I can apply to the Conservatory?
    • As long as the deadline has not yet passed, you are welcome to fill out the Conservatory supplemental application.  Acceptance to the Conservatory does require acceptance to the University, but you may fill out the Conservatory application while your University application is pending.
  • When will I hear more about my application?
    • Once you complete your application, you will receive a confirmation email.  You will then receive an audition time 30 days prior to your audition date.  If you did not receive a confirmation email or you need to inquire about the status of your application, please contact us at cadmissions@umkc.edu
  • When will I hear results of my application/audition?
    • The Conservatory does not admit students on a rolling basis.  All admissions decisions are made after the final audition date of the year (typically the first Friday in March).  Letters of acceptance/waitlist/denial will be sent mid-March.
  • Is there a cost to complete a Conservatory application?
    • You will pay two application fees when applying to the Conservatory: one for the UMKC General Application and one for the Conservatory Supplemental Application.
  • I missed the deadline!  Can I still apply?
    • In certain cases, we may be able to take your application past the deadline.  Please contact us at cadmissions@umkc.edu to inquire.
  • Can I start in the spring semester?
    • Most programs do not start new students in the spring semester.  If you have any questions about your desired start date, please contact us.
  • I am considering multiple degree programs.  Can I apply for more than one?
    • Yes, you may apply for multiple degree programs.  We recommend that you limit your choices to programs in which you feel you can be highly successful.
  • I play multiple instruments – should I list them all on my application?
    • The instruments you list on the application are the instruments for which we will be scheduling you an audition.  We ask that you list only the instrument(s) in which you are most highly proficient, and on which you would like to audition.  If you are highly proficient in more than one area, you are welcome to audition in more than one.  However, it is not common for a student to audition on three or more instruments (or voice types).  Most students who audition in two areas will select only one on which to begin their program of study.
  • What should I prepare for my audition?
  • I want to apply for the Summer MME program – what do I need to know?
    • The application for the Summer MME is the same as that of a full-time MME program.  You will need to apply to both UMKC and to the Conservatory (via Decision Desk).
    • For your audition date, select “N/A.”  An audition for this degree program is not required, but you will to interview with our Music Education faculty.  We will contact you to schedule this interview.
    • To be eligible for this degree program, you must have completed a undergraduate degree in music education with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Conservatory Scholarships

  • What scholarships do you offer?
    • Conservatory scholarships are offered based on academic merit (ACT/SAT test scores and class rank) and the strength of your application/audition.  They vary in size and number from year to year, based on factors such as the size of our applicant pool and the requirements of each studio.
  • Do you have any graduate assistantships available?
  • When I will receive a scholarship offer?
    • If you are offered a Conservatory scholarship, a letter with details about your offer will be emailed to you by the first week of April.  If you have not been awarded a Conservatory scholarship, you will not receive a scholarship offer letter.  The Conservatory does not send any notifications by postal mail.
  • Is my Conservatory scholarship renewable?
    • Scholarships are renewable each year for students who retain a GPA of at least 3.0, and who remain on or ahead of their designated degree map.

General Questions

  • How can I schedule a visit to campus?
    • For undergraduate applicants, we offer group visit days through the UMKC Welcome Center.  Visit Days take place once or twice per month and include information about UMKC in general, information about the Conservatory (Degree plans, application process, auditions, and scholarships), a campus tour, and lunch.  Official Visit Day events last from 9am-1pm, but we encourage students to stick around to visit afternoon rehearsals for Conservatory ensembles.  Sign-up for Visit Days is online here: http://www.umkc.edu/welcome/freshman_visits.cfm
    • Transfer applicants: Please contact our Conservatory Admissions Office (cadmissions@umkc.edu) for information on scheduling a visit.
    • Graduate applicants are welcome to contact a faculty member in their desired degree area to arrange a meeting.  A list of Conservatory faculty with contact information is available here. The Conservatory Admissions office is also happy to meet with any graduate applicants – please contact us (cadmissions@umkc.edu) to request a visit.  We request that you contact us at least 2 weeks prior to your desired visit date.
  • I am traveling to the Conservatory from out of town.  Are there hotels nearby?
  • Do you have a marching band?
    • UMKC has a wonderful Division I sports program, but our athletic programs do not include football, so we do not have a marching band.
  • Are students required to live on-campus?
    • UMKC does not require students to live on campus, but we do have residence halls on campus.  Information on on-campus housing can be found here: http://info.umkc.edu/housing/
  • Can I meet with an academic advisor?
    • Appointments with our academic advisors are available for current Conservatory students only.  For questions about degree programs, transfer credits, and enrollment, please contact Conservatory Admissions.  
  • I was recently admitted to the Conservatory.  How do I enroll for classes?
    • New students will be eligible for enrollment in classes once orientation has been completed.  Newly admitted undergraduate students can sign up for orientation here: http://www.umkc.edu/orientation/.  Newly admitted graduate students will receive information about orientation from our Graduate Advisor.
  • If I am a UMKC student in a different major (non-Conservatory), can I take Conservatory classes?
    • The Conservatory offers a number of courses available to all UMKC students.  These courses can be found in the course catalog.  For a comprehensive list, please contact the Conservatory Admissions office.
  • Can I sign up for band/orchestra/choir if I am not a Conservatory student?
    • Any UMKC student may audition for our ensembles.  We cannot guarantee space to non-Conservatory students, but we have had many students of all different majors perform with us.  Ensemble auditions take place in August just before the start of classes.  Information about ensemble auditions can be found here: http://info.umkc.edu/cmad-bands/large-ensemble-auditions/
  • I want more information about your program.  Can you mail me a brochure?
  • I want to learn how to play a new instrument.  Can the Conservatory help me to learn?
    • Conservatory degree programs are designed for students who are already highly proficient as an instrumentalist/vocalist/dancer, so we do not accept beginners.  However, our Academy offers private lessons and classes for many instruments and areas of study.  Academy lessons are non-credit lessons and are available to students and community members of all ages and ability levels.  More information about Academy programs can be found here:  http://conservatory.umkc.edu/content.cfm?cont=182D

Questions?

Contact us:

  • Email: cadmissions@umkc.edu
  • Phone: 816-235-2900. Offices are open Monday­–Friday, 8:00am–5:00pm