Welcome from the Interim Director of the School of Music

Leslie BlackwellWelcome to Kennesaw State University, College of the Arts, School of Music.

We offer a world class education… training future performers, music educators, and leaders in the field of the arts. With over 270 music majors in three-degree programs; Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music in Music Performance, and Bachelor of Music in Music Education, our programs and students stand out as the forerunners for the next generation of great musical artists.

We pride ourselves on our students' accomplishments: from successfully acing their first theory exams to perfecting the perfect sound on their recitals to signing a contract for their first real jobs!

The KSU School of Music has a long-standing tradition of student ensemble performances at state, regional, and national music conferences. Our student ensembles are regularly featured at prestigious conferences throughout the country at the Music Educators National Conference/Georgia Music Educators Conference, National Collegiate Choral Organization, Southern Division College Band Directors /National Band Association Conference, and the American Choral Directors Association Southern Divisional and National Conferences.

Our faculty are dynamic artist-performers-scholars who are conductors, teachers, composers, researchers, and artists who regularly perform with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Chamber Players, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. With over 80 faculty members, students have access and one-on-one time with our faculty on campus and in our Study Abroad Programs. The KSU School of Music is positioned as a leader in music training regionally, nationally, and internationally.


Passion is heard

Leslie J. Blackwell, D.M.A.
Interim Director, School of Music
Director of Choral Activities
Professor of Music and Music Education