Music at KWU

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The Department of Music at Kansas Wesleyan University invites both music majors and non-music majors to participate as instrumentalists and vocalists in its various musical ensembles and in university stage musical productions, now a newly-formed collaboration with Salina Community Theatre.

At KWU, musicians from all academic disciplines are involved in a wide range of groups: Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, String Orchestra, The Coyote Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Philharmonic Choir and Wesleyan Chorale. LEARN MORE ABOUT KWU MUSIC ENSEMBLES HERE.

About Kansas Wesleyan Music

The Kansas Wesleyan University Department of Music offers these major/minor options:

  • Music
  • Music Education (PreK-12)
  • Music Performance
  • Music minor

Music Course Descriptions

The Department of Music’s foundation is built upon faculty members who are well qualified in their specific content area to broaden each student’s knowledge and understanding of music. Each faculty member, in addition to stressing quality performances, emphasizes the day-to-day basic music education techniques that lend themselves to preparing students to become well prepared educators.

Coyote Musicians in the News!

KWU Musician Laura Nivens Accepted to Summer REU at University of Arkansas

Laura%20Nivens%20IMG_7345-800px.jpg?itokKansas Wesleyan University student Laura Nivens, ’17, a Computer Information Systems major from Junction City, KS, was accepted to a summer REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, AR.  Nivens will participate in research in the field of CyberSecurity, specifically working on the Android security model for protecting the operating system and data in high-tech devices.

The University of Arkansas is known for its Center for Information Security & Reliability, which includes its Database Security Research Laboratory that conducts fundamental and cutting-edge research on issues related to security of information systems and databases.

Nivens was born in Little Rock, AR, and grew up in Blevins, KS, which she said is “just beyond Hope.” After she graduates from Kansas Wesleyan in two years, Nivens is including among her considerations the possibility of serving in the United States Air Force as a commissioned officer, following in the footsteps of family members who have served in other branches of the military. 

Exciting music opportunities are made available for students in all academic disciplines at Kansas Wesleyan University. Below are just a few recent examples.

Kansas Wesleyan University Hosts Its First-Ever International String Extravaganza 

In April 2015, KWU hosted four days of concerts, masterclasses and a freshman scholarship competition, organized by Dr. Jesse Henkensiefken, 

For more information of the schedule for this premiere event,, click on 2015 String Extravaganza in the right-hand menu.

Why Kansas Wesleyan?

Students at Kansas Wesleyan are encouraged to take part in all facets of the music program. Additionally, students are able to tailor their course of study to match specific interest or goals, such as instrumental conducting, composition or operatic solo singing. Because of these unique small-school advantages, graduates from KWU enter the classroom as a well-rounded music educator, possessing the skills needed for today's music teaching jobs.