Do you want to perform on the big stage? Are you currently taking private music lessons or playing in an ensemble? Do you have a passion for music? Then you should pursue a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance with an instrument specialization at the University of North Texas.
This major will prepare you for a career as a member of a symphony orchestra, a soloist or a chamber musician. You can also work as a studio musician for movies and television, become a church musician or teach lessons in a private studio.
Our instrumental performance alumni include:
Other alumni perform with symphony orchestras in Fort Worth, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston and Kansas City as well as major orchestras on five continents and with all major U.S. military bands.
The College of Music has a rich tradition in music and is attended by talented musicians from all over the world. We are one of the nation's most comprehensive music colleges and offer opportunities to:
Our faculty members are dedicated teachers as well as nationally and internationally known performers. They have performed with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and many others. In addition to performing, many have arranged and published works.
We provide many performance opportunities ranging from traditional to specialized groups. Our ensembles include:
Being near Dallas and Fort Worth gives students additional performance opportunities with the Dallas Bach Society, Texas Camerata, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Opera Orchestra.
Our facilities include the Murchison Performing Arts Center, which houses the Winspear Performance Hall and the Lyric Theatre. Both performance halls, as well as the centerís large rehearsal space, have stateof- the-art acoustics. The Music Building houses the Recital Hall and the recently renovated Voertman Concert Hall. You can perfect your instrumental techniques in one of our 300 practice rooms.
We have scholarships available to help you pursue your education. These scholarships are awarded based on talent and an audition. More information about scholarships is at music.unt.edu/admissions/scholarships.
The College of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21; Reston, Va. 20190-5248; telephone 703-437-0700). This accreditation means the college meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in education.
You will need to be accepted to the College of Music through an audition before becoming a Performance major with an instrument specialization. Auditions are held on campus during the spring semester for enrollment the following school year.
If you cannot audition in person, you can submit a video or audio recording. Once accepted into the college, you will take placement exams in music theory and piano as well as laboratory and ensemble placement auditions.
While enrolled at UNT, you can specialize in any brass, percussion, string or woodwind instrument or multiple woodwinds. Regardless of your specialization, you will complete eight semesters of private lessons from a faculty member. If you choose multiple woodwinds, you will need to complete eight semesters in a primary instrument and a minimum of two semesters each in the other instruments.
Other courses will focus on music theory, instrumental literature, teaching methods, piano and music history in addition to performing in large ensembles (laboratories) and chamber music groups. You may also take courses in composition, musicianship and orchestration in addition to recitals.
Our Career Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources that are available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.
We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the Texas Recommended or Distinguished Achievement Program or the equivalent in high school.
In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.
In the fall of your senior year, apply for admission to UNT and to audition for the College of Music by the first Monday in December. You can apply for admission to UNT at www.applytexas.org. The College of Music application, audition requirements, audition dates and repertoire are at music.unt.edu.
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT. For details, visit www.unt.edu/credit.
If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our Transfer Articulation web page, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor/ advisor to discuss your degree plan. Proper planning will help you receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.
Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. More than 3,500 students transfer to UNT each year. The center is in the University Union, Room 320. More information is at transition.unt.edu.