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Office of Undergraduate Advising
Office of Graduate Advising
David L. Shrader, Dean
Those students who intend to be music majors must qualify by audition on their principal instrument or voice. Auditions are held both on and off campus during the spring semester for enrollment the following academic year, and at new student orientation prior to registration. The student should perform standard classical works. Prospective jazz studies majors should be prepared to audition with both classical and jazz repertoire.
Those students unable to audition in person may submit a cassette recording representative of their performance abilities.
If a student fails to gain unconditional admission but shows promise, the faculty may grant conditional admission, subject to re-audition and evaluation at the end of the first semester. Permission may be granted to take applied music at reduced credit until the audition is passed.
Auditions for acceptance as a performance major are held during the first week of each semester.
Students planning to major in composition also must submit evidence (scores, tapes) of creative ability at or prior to registration to receive permission to enroll in composition courses.
At Freshman Orientation, students will take placement examinations in both music theory and piano. Transfer students will take similar examinations at New Student Orientation during registration week.
For information, dates and applications for scholarships and entrance auditions, write to: Dean, College of Music, University of North Texas, P.O. Box 13887, Denton, TX, 76203-6887.
All fees must be paid before instruction is given or use of facilities is permitted.
Applied Major - study of the student's principal instrument (or voice) toward a degree in performance.
Concentration - applied music study of the student's principal instrument (or voice) toward a degree in general, choral and instrumental music, or other degree not in performance.
Secondary - study of an instrument or voice in addition to the major or concentration.
Laboratories are a cappella choir, concert choir, chamber choir, men's chorus, women's chorus, grand chorus, symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, symphonic band, concert band, marching band, lab bands, jazz guitar, jazz repertory, jazz keyboard laboratories, jazz singers and accompanying. Auditions are held at the beginning of the semester and are prerequisite for admission to the laboratory; the needs of the ensemble and students' preferences are considered.
A Cappella Choir - organized in 1938; composed of 45 voices; has made more than 700 appearances, including annual tours, and television and radio broadcasts; yearly performances with major symphony orchestras; professional recordings; two European tours sponsored by the State Department. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.
Concert Choir - organized in 1940; major performing ensemble of about 50 mixed voices; membership may be shifted from one choir to another. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.
Chamber Choir - composed of 24 voices selected primarily from graduate students. Repertoire includes selections from a broad range of chamber vocal literature. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.
Men's Chorus - subsidiary organization of the a cappella and concert choirs; membership may be shifted from one choir to another. Gives several concerts a year. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.
Women's Chorus - subsidiary organization of the a cappella and concert choirs; membership may be shifted from one choir to another. Gives several concerts a year. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.
Grand Chorus - required of members of the a cappella, concert and chamber choirs; includes selected members of other choirs and additional graduate vocal music students; performs major choral-orchestral works; more than 100 appearances with orchestras, including the Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth and university symphonies. Rehearsals: 2 hours a week.
Symphony Orchestra - composed of about 105 musicians; has appeared at state, regional and national music conventions; programs include standard symphonic works and premieres of contemporary compositions; presents at least eight campus concerts per year. Rehearsals: 6 hours a week.
Wind Symphony - study and performance of traditional and contemporary band literature, requiring an advanced level of performance ability. Appears by invitation at state, regional and national conventions; annual spring tour. Rehearsals: 6 hours a week.
Symphonic Band - study and performance of repertoire for the wind band. Public concerts each semester. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.
Concert Band - study and performance of standard band repertoire. Public concerts each semester. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.
Marching Band - offered fall semester only. Open to all students within the university who have had high school band experience. Study and performance of the fundamentals of drill and pageantry at athletic events. Rehearsals: 6 hours a week.
Lab Bands - 20-piece jazz ensembles. Open to all university students by audition. Study and performance of traditional and progressive repertoire. Public concerts each semester. One O'Clock Lab Band has won numerous awards and has received Grammy nominations; toured Mexico, Europe, USSR and Australia. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.
Jazz Guitar - composed of 15 electric guitarists, bass and drums. Open to all by audition. The music performed is a combination of big band literature and original music which provide the student with an opportunity to develop reading skills and section playing. Public concerts each semester. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.
Jazz Repertory Ensemble - a history-based learning and performing group dedicated to the collection, study, preservation, and recreation of classic music from the entire history of jazz. The ensemble ranges in number from fifteen to twenty students. The group is committed to playing only authentic compositions and arrangements or recreations of classic recorded performances by such jazz legends as Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Gil Evans, and Charles Mingus. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.
Jazz Keyboard - the repertoire is devoted primarily to electronic idioms and the reading of notated melodic passages as well as chord symbols. Open to all by audition. Good acoustic piano technique and improvisational skills are required. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.
Jazz Singers - mixed voices and rhythm, composed of 15 to 20 musicians. Open by audition; required of vocal jazz majors. Jazz Singers I has appeared at numerous international conventions and records annually.
Accompanying - for students majoring in piano and for students with piano concentrations who desire proficiency in reading and accompanying.
Voice majors take MUEN 3040, Opera Theatre, as part of their degree requirements.
Piano Proficiency Examination - This examination is required of all students majoring in music. To prepare for this examination, all non-keyboard majors must enroll in secondary piano - MUAG 1011, 1012, 1013, 1014 or MUAS 1501 - each long semester until the proficiency is passed. A list of examination requirements for non-keyboard majors is available from the music office. Keyboard majors and concentrations should consult the keyboard division for departmental requirements.
Voice Proficiency Examination - If noted on the degree plan, the student must demonstrate knowledge of breath control, principles of enunciation and pronunciation in singing and tone placement, and essentials in interpretation. Examination compositions are chosen by faculty.
Instrumental Proficiency Examination - This proficiency examination is for the student whose course outline requires brass, woodwinds, strings and/or percussion class. A working knowledge of all instruments is required.
Theory Proficiency Examination - This examination must be passed by each student majoring in music; it covers part writing, keyboard harmony, ear training and sight singing.
Concentration Proficiency Examination - This examination must be passed for each concentration; it covers applied music requirements through the third year of study.
Music Literature Examination - This examination must be passed by each bachelor's degree candidate in the school; it covers aural and factual aspects of music literature. Students with a passing grade in MUMH 1500 are not required to take the examination.
Sight Singing and Keyboard Proficiency Examination - This examination is required for a minor in music. If noted on the degree plan, the student must demonstrate proficiency in sight singing and in melody harmonization at the keyboard. It is administered by music education faculty.
Conducting Proficiency Examination - This examination is required for students who major in general, choral and instrumental music and who transfer conducting course work from another institution. It must be passed prior to student teaching.
Jazz Studies Proficiency Examination - This examination is required for a major in jazz studies. It must be passed prior to enrolling in upper-level courses for the performance emphasis (MUJS 3360-3370) or the arranging emphasis (MUJS 4610-4620).
The student who majors in performance may choose piano (performance), piano (pedagogy), organ (performance), organ (church music), harpsichord, voice or an orchestral instrument, including harp, classical guitar, and multiple woodwinds, as the area of choice. Four-year outlines for major programs and specific instrumental specializations are listed below.
Each student should secure from the music office or adviser the eight-semester outline for the chosen major.
Instruction in each area is designed to train students for public performance and teaching in schools or private studios, to prepare them for passing barrier examinations, to develop them culturally, to develop musicianship and technical proficiency, to strengthen sight-reading and the ability to assimilate music without guidance, and to prepare them for participation in church services, orchestras, ensemble groups or graduate work. The curriculum for general, choral and instrumental music majors also leads to teacher certification by the state of Texas. Instruction is given on both group and individual bases.
1. Hours for the Degree: Completion of a minimum of 139 total semester hours (146 for Music Theory; 144 for Performance: Voice; 141 for Jazz Studies: Performance-Vocal; 140 for Jazz Studies: Performance-Instrumental.) 42 hours must be advanced.
2. General University Requirements: See "General Degree Requirements" in the Academics section of this catalog.
3. University Core Curriculum: Minimum 47 hours. See specific degree plan for exact hours.
4. Major Requirements: Major of 34-63 hours in music in a prescribed field, depending on the program. See specific degree plan for exact hours.
5. Minor: Minor of 18 hours minimum, 6 of which must be advanced. See specific degree plan for required minor.
6. Electives: See individual major.
7. Other Course Requirements: See individual major.
8. Other Requirements:
Group II. Crosscultural and Global Studies (MUET 3030 recommended)
Group III. Diversity in the United States (MUET 3020 recommended)
Majors in general, choral and instrumental music also must satisfy specific Teacher Certification course requirements, most of which are included in the Core Curriculum (consult the degree outline). In addition to developmental reading, music theory, music history and literature, performance, conducting, and music laboratory requirements, a general, choral and instrumental music major must complete 18 hours of professional education that include 6 hours of music education courses to complete the course requirement of 135-139 hours.
1. Completion of at least 60 semester hours with an average of C or better.
2. Completion of MUTH 1380-1390, 1480-1490, 2380-2390 and 2480-2490, and MUMH 1600.
3. Completion of sophomore applied major study, or equivalent for transfer students, with at least a grade of B.
4. Faculty recommendation, after audition, for election of junior applied major study.
2. Completion of 6-16 hours supplementing the major instrument (literature, pedagogy, diction, chamber music, advanced conducting).
3. Demonstration of proficiency in solo playing in public recitals, and in ensemble and chamber music, as appropriate.
4. Presentation of senior recital, content approved in advance and public performance graded by faculty.
5. Completion of 6-12 hours in upper level MUTH, MUCP, and MUED.
6. Other music and general electives 3-10 hours (see program outlines below for specific recommendations).
7. A total of 139 hours are required. 144 hours are required for voice.
Minimum hours in each area are as follows: theory, 6 semester hours credit; applied music, 4 hours credit; and music history, 6 hours credit.
Although there are alternate choices, MUMH 3000 and 3010 are designed to fulfill both the music history and advanced hours requirements.
Consult the College of Music and the College of Education for further requirements.