Music Research Institute


Music Research InstituteThe Music Research Institute was established in 2009 within the School of Music at the University of Kansas. The Institute was founded to cultivate and strengthen the already thriving component of research and creative activity in the School of Music. The purpose of the Institute is to create effective environments for the pursuit of music scholarship in all modes of inquiry. MRI exists to foster creative activity and research and provides a support system that attempts to blend the best human and musical characteristics of the music researcher, practitioner, and teacher with the best support available. The following MRI activities are supported by the School of Music at The University of Kansas: graduate education, faculty and student research, post-doctoral study, and occasional workshops, symposia, and visiting scholars.

The aims of the Institute are to:

  • Support and develop new knowledge about music, music education, music therapy, and diversely related areas through scholarly inquiry,
  • Aid school members in the pursuit of support for their areas of creative interests,
  • Provide space and facilities to develop applications of research to music performance, teaching, therapy, and analysis,
  • Support and foster research collaborations among faculty and students,
  • Encourage the development of new technology as well as to utilize existing technology and techniques in teaching and research,
  • Establish and maintain relations with similar research and teaching centers at other academic institutions.

For more information, contact Professor Christopher Johnson, cmj@ku.edu.


Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually