Your Future In Music

Do you already perform in an instrumental or vocal ensemble? Want a deeper understanding of music? Interested in a career as a music teacher, performer or composer? You should pursue a bachelor's degree in music at the University of North Texas.

Our music alumni work for:

  • Advertising agencies
  • Film studios
  • Public and private schools
  • Recording companies
  • Symphony orchestras
  • Universities and colleges

Many alumni also teach lessons in private studios in addition to performing.

What we offer

Our College of Music is internationally recognized for artistic and academic excellence. Students from across the world attend the college, making it a community of diverse talent and inspiration. At UNT, you may earn a Bachelor of Music degree in:

  • Composition
  • General, Choral and Instrumental Music (music education)
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Theory
  • Performance

If you're a Performance major, you can choose an emphasis in keyboard, voice or instrumental performance. A Bachelor of Arts degree in Music is also offered.

Our faculty members are dedicated teachers and nationally and internationally known performers and researchers. They include soloists with the New York Metropolitan Opera and winners of the:

  • Grammy Award
  • Alfred Einstein Award from the American Musicological Society
  • Van Cliburn International Piano Competition

We have scholarships available to help you pursue your education. These scholarships are awarded based on talent and an audition.

The college also sponsors Living-Learning Communities for Jazz Studies and other music majors who live on campus. These communities enhance our students' academic and social experiences.

About the college

The College of Music is one of the nation's most comprehensive music colleges and 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 the college meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in education.

Music facilities are located in seven buildings and include 300 practice rooms, seven state-of-the-art performance halls, and numerous classrooms and rehearsal rooms. In addition, the Willis Library includes one of the nation's largest music libraries.

Our ensembles range from concert choirs, jazz bands and orchestras to chamber music groups, early music groups and opera.

Preparing for UNT

To prepare for music course work, you should be studying piano and music theory and practicing your primary instrument or voice. Students develop their musical skills through private lessons and participating in ensembles before enrolling in the college.

If accepted into the college, you'll take placement exams in music theory and piano. All non-keyboard performance students must take secondary piano.

For the music theory exam, you should review the accurate writing of all major and minor key signatures in treble and bass clefs, the correct spelling of all major and minor scales, and intervals. Developing your music theory knowledge and piano skills may help you test out of some required music courses and earn your degree faster.

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 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 The admission application to the College of Music, audition requirements, audition dates and repertoire are available on the College of Music website.

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