Your future in instrumental performance

This major will prepare you for a career as a member of a symphony orchestra, a professional band, and as 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:

  • Assistant principal oboist with the Cleveland Orchestra
  • Principal timpanist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Second flutist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Principal cellist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • Principal euphoniumist with the United States Marine Band

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.

What we offer

The College of Music has a rich tradition in music and is attended by talented musicians from all over the world. We're one of the nation's most comprehensive music colleges and offer opportunities to:

  • Access one of the nation's largest music libraries
  • Meet some of the world's top music scholars and artists through specialized lectures and events hosted by various divisions in the college

Our faculty members are dedicated teachers and nationally and internationally known performers. They've performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Minnesota Opera Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra and many others. In addition to performing, many have arranged and published works.

Fostering your creativity

We provide many performance opportunities ranging from traditional to specialized groups. Our ensembles include:

  • Three orchestras
  • Four bands
  • Nine jazz lab bands
  • Contemporary music ensemble
  • Early music ensemble
  • 40 chamber music groups

Being near Dallas and Fort Worth gives students additional performance opportunities including those with the Dallas Bach Society, Texas Camerata, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra and symphony orchestras in Irving, Plano and Richardson.

Our facilities include the Murchison Performing Arts Center, which houses the Winspear PerformanceHall and the Lyric Theater. Both performance halls, as well as the center's large rehearsal space, have state-of-the-art acoustics. The Music Building houses the Recital Hall and the 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 degree. These scholarships are awarded based on talent and an audition. More information about scholarships is available at our website.

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.

What to expect

You'll 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 can't audition in person, you can submit a video or audio recording. Once accepted into the college, you'll take a placement exam in 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'll complete eight semesters of private lessons from a faculty member.

If you choose multiple woodwinds, you'll need to complete eight semesters in a primary instrument and at least 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 playing in large ensembles (laboratories) and chamber music groups. You may also take courses in composition, musicianship and orchestration and perform recitals.

The 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 hands-on 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.