Music


Your Future in Music

Want a degree that allows you to explore your musical and nonmusical interests? A Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of North Texas could be for you.

Career possibilities for Music majors include working for a performing arts company or in the radio, television or film industries.

Our alumni consist of numerous performers, faculty members at major colleges and universities and more than 1,600 K-12 music teachers. The alumni include:

  • Chorus director Duain Wolfe — Chicago Symphony Chorus
  • Vocalist Norah Jones — multiple Grammy Award winner
  • Pianist Anthony Molinaro — Naumburg International Piano Competition winner
  • Principal cellist Christopher Adkins — Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Drummer Keith Carlock — Sting and Steely Dan, among others

What we offer

The College of Music has a rich history and is attended by talented musicians from all over the world. We’re recognized as one of the nation’s most comprehensive music colleges and give you the opportunity to:

  • Access one of the nation’s largest music libraries
  • Discover your potential in classes with an average 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Meet some of the world’s top music scholars and artists through specialized lectures and events hosted by various divisions in the college
  • Take advantage of countless solo, chamber music and ensemble opportunities (Ensembles include six choral ensembles, two orchestras, nine jazz lab bands, a contemporary music ensemble, two early music ensembles and numerous percussion and wind ensembles.)

Our faculty members are dedicated teachers and nationally and internationally known musicians. Some have performed with the New York Metropolitan Opera, Cleveland Orchestra and Minnesota Opera Orchestra, and others have earned gold medals at the Van Cliburn and Chopin international piano competitions.

Our exceptional facilities include the Murchison Performing Arts Center, which houses the Winspear Performance Hall and the Lyric Theater. The Music Building houses the Recital Hall and the Voertman Concert Hall. Practice facilities include 300 individual rooms and ensemble rehearsal rooms.

To help you pursue your education, we offer scholarships based on talent and the College of Music audition.

Our college 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 distinction means we meet or exceed strict academic standards for excellence in education.

What to expect

You’ll need to be accepted to the College of Music through an audition before declaring a major in Music. Auditions are held on campus during the spring semester for enrollment the following school year. If you cannot audition in person, you may submit a video or an audio recording.

The necessary degree requirements for the B.A. include at least four semesters of lessons from a faculty member. You’ll also study music theory, music history and a foreign language and perform in ensembles.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting handson experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to 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. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.