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Department of Music and Drama

Department Chair: Dr. Lisa Urkevich

The Department of Music and Drama offers a wide range of opportunities for both beginning and advanced students. Entry-level courses in piano, guitar, voice, and acting are available for those who are new to the performing arts, while students with a deeper interest can enroll in private lessons on instruments or voice, or take part in major theatre productions. Each semester our faculty of talented professionals works closely with students to prepare them for campus concerts and plays. Students also enjoy academic courses involving the history, culture, and theory of music and drama.

Performing arts facilities include a black box theatre, a piano laboratory, a special music classroom, and several practice rooms each equipped with digital pianos. The department also houses a complete xylophone ensemble, a concert grand marimba, two drum sets, and two grand pianos, including a state-of-the-art Yamaha CX7 2.32 m. concert grand.

The Department of Music and Drama explores music and drama in the context of a liberal arts education through both academic study and performances. By doing so, it provides artistic and cultural enrichment to the university and the surrounding community. Moreover, by educating students in culture, history, and theory, and providing training in applied skills, the department fosters artistic proficiency, cultural appreciation, a sense of camaraderie, and a lifelong commitment to the arts.

The music and drama programs of the Department of Music and Drama will be recognized nationally for their outstanding quality and value. The Department will be housed in exceptional specialized facilities that are equipped with discipline-specific apparatus and superior musical instruments. The Department will be supported by a network of substantial community partnerships. It will be recognized as a major musical and dramatic arts resource for residents of Kuwait. Faculty in the Department of Music and Drama will be known for excellence in performance, scholarship, and pedagogy as well as for their contributions to the culture of the university, the community, and their professions. There will be minors in Music and Drama and graduates will be respected for their Department preparation and have a life-long commitment to the performing arts.


  • A culture of excellence that upholds the highest academic, artistic, and ethical standards.
  • Development of each student’s potential through interaction with engaged artist teachers and scholars.
  • Musical and dramatic initiatives that encourage discovery and appreciation of diverse styles, genres, traditions, and perspectives.
  • Outreach and interface with the greater community.

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