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College of Music

Main Office
Music Building, 247
P.O. Box 13887
Denton, TX 76203-6887
(817) 565-2791

Fax: (817) 565-2002

Office of Undergraduate Advising
Music Building, 242-243
(817) 565-3734

Office of Graduate Advising
Music Building, 249
(817) 565-3721

David L. Shrader, Dean
Thomas S. Clark, Associate Dean
William V. May, Associate Dean
Paul E. Dworak, Associate Dean
Joan C. Groom-Thornton, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Edward A. Baird, Director of Graduate Studies


Professors Adkins, Baird, Banowetz, Brothers, Brusilow, Candelaria, Cho, Clardy, Clark, Collins, Corporon, Enyeart, Fink, Froehlich, Garner, Gillespie, Haerle, Heiberg, Ivey, K. Johnson, Kagarice, Kern, Kuss, Lewis, Little, Lumpkin, M.S. Mailman, May, McTee, Papich, Paul, D. Peters, Phipps, Riggs, Roberts, Scharnberg, Schietroma, Scott, Shrader, Slater, Veazey, Winsor, Wodnicki. Associate Professors Bradetich, Bush, Dworak, Eschbach, Fisher, Friedson, Gibbons, Groom-Thornton, Hamilton, Harlos, Homer, Johnstone, Joyner, Killam, McCroskey, Miller, Ramsey, Ritscher, Rutherford, Sovik, Steinel, Sundquist, Warner. Assistant Professors Borodin, Conkling, Henry, Hudnall, T. Johnson, Klein, Nestler, Reynolds, Saslaw, Soph, Sundberg. Resident Artists Davidovici, Viardo. Lecturers Dickinson, Mainous, Odnoposoff, J. Peters.


The College of Music, among the largest in the nation, offers a comprehensive musical environment and unlimited opportunities for the pursuit of excellence in the musical arts for talented and dedicated musicians. The breadth of the musical experience includes the study and performance of the extended gamut of Western art music, the music of global cultures, and the creative contributions of contemporary jazz and the electronic/experimental media. The depth of the instruction is provided by a faculty of internationally acclaimed performers, composers, scholars, and educators who are able to share their knowledge, skills, and insights with the next generation of musicians, from the baccalaureate to the doctoral and artist levels. The entire program is enhanced by the holdings of the UNT Music Library, the largest and most comprehensive collection among universities in the South and Southwest. Graduates of the College of Music hold positions of leadership and influence throughout the nation in the areas of concert, opera, symphony, and jazz performance, in higher education and scholarship, and in public school music education. The College of Music, with its wealth of campus concert experiences and varied instructional programs, is a unique asset in the cultural and intellectual life of the university community; in turn, its effectiveness is enhanced by being part of a large, comprehensive university.

Programs of Study

Admission Requirements

Freshman and Transfer Admission

Admission to the College of Music is contingent on clear admission to the university.

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.


Scholarships and service awards are available in the various performing areas, ensembles and composition. Scholarship auditions (which also serve as entrance auditions) are held at various times during the year as announced, both on and off campus. Applicants unable to attend any of the announced auditions may submit tapes (cassettes preferred) with the scholarship application. Auditions for jazz scholarships are by tape only. Scholarship recipients are expected to enroll for a full load, maintain minimum academic grade requirements and perform in appropriate music laboratories and ensembles.

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.

General Requirements for Majors

Music Fees

Music fees are charged for private music lessons, practice on university instruments, instrument rental (only a limited number of instruments are available for rental), practice rooms and lockers. See Tuition and Fee Register for specific fees.

All fees must be paid before instruction is given or use of facilities is permitted.

Applied Music

Study in applied music (private lessons) is identified by the categories major, concentration or secondary. The type and amount of applied study is determined by the specific curriculum.

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.


A list of repertoire requirements at various levels of study is available from the Music Office. To obtain a list, please specify major, concentration or secondary, and particular performance (voice, trumpet, etc.).


During each semester of required applied study, the student must pass performance examination(s) before a jury composed of faculty members. Jury requirements are available on request from the music office (please specify major, concentration or secondary, and particular performance - voice, trumpet, etc.).

Concert/Recital Attendance

Each student with a major in music must attend a minimum of 15 concert/recital performances each semester for eight semesters as a graduation requirement.

Music History and Theory Lecture Series Attendance

As a graduation requirement, each undergraduate student with a declared major in music history or music theory is expected to attend all lectures presented in the division of music history, theory and ethnomusicology lecture series during each long semester of full-time enrollment (12 hours).

Music Laboratory

Music laboratories are an integral part of the college. Each student with a major in music participates in laboratories each semester or summer session in residence. Exceptions must be approved by the dean. A minimum of eight semesters is required for the bachelor's degree. Graduate students should consult the Graduate Catalog. Credit for each laboratory is one hour a semester.

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.

Chamber Music

Chamber music coaching is offered under course numbers MUCM 2510/5510, 2520/5520, 2530/5530, 2540/5540, 2550/5550. Small groups include string quartets, strings with piano, woodwind and brass quintets, saxophone quartets and jazz groups.


A variety of conducted ensembles is offered under course numbers MUEN 2602/5602, 2605/5605, 2611/5611, 2616/5616, 2617/5617, 2621/5621, 2624/5624, 2625/5625, 2630/5630 and 2631/5631. Many groups perform publicly, appear at conventions and tour extensively. Ensembles include brass choir, trumpet choir, horn choir, trombone choir, tuba-euphonium ensemble; wind ensemble; collegium musicum; chamber orchestra; percussion ensemble and marimba ensemble; steel drum band; African ensemble; gamelan ensemble; Latin ensemble; flute choir; jazz keyboard; strings; classical guitar and electric guitar; new music ensemble; harp ensemble.

Opera Theatre

The UNT Opera Theatre presents at least one fully mounted, major operatic production each year, accompanied by orchestra, with scenery, costumes and lighting. Auditions are open to all students. Those chosen for solo roles should be currently enrolled in opera theatre courses or have been enrolled previously.

Voice majors take MUEN 3040, Opera Theatre, as part of their degree requirements.

Music Achievement Examinations

Students must pass all required achievement examinations before applying for graduation.

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).

Academic Advising

Information about academic matters is available in the main office, from the division chairs for the various degree programs and performing instruments, and from the degree plan adviser (Music Building, Room 242). For further information, see the College of Music Handbook.

Degree Plan

The degree plan is an official document that lists courses completed, courses to be completed, proficiency examinations and all other requirements for a particular degree program. Each student makes a degree plan in conference with a designated music official. Degree plans should be made by the end of the sophomore year. Transfer students should have degree plans made during their first semester at UNT.

Programs of Study

The school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:



Bachelor of Music

This degree may be earned with a major in (1) performance; (2) general, choral and instrumental music; (3) composition; (4) music theory; (5) jazz studies; or (6) music history and literature.

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.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Music must meet the following requirements.

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:

General Academic Requirements

Major in Performance

The following choices are available under performance.

General Requirements for Majors in Performance

Students who have not fulfilled the following requirements at the beginning of the fifth semester are not allowed to major in applied music.

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.

Graduation Requirements for Majors in Performance

1. Completion of 20-32 hours in the major instrument/voice. (Number of hours vary according to the instrument.)

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.

Bachelor of Arts

For information on the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music, see the College of Arts and Sciences section of the catalog.

Minor in Music

For a first minor in music, students must complete a minimum of 18 hours, 6 of which must be advanced, representing theory, applied music and music history.

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.

Teacher Certification

Requirements for all-level music certification are included in the requirements for the BM with a major in general, choral and instrumental music. To receive a secondary teaching certificate, BA candidates must complete student-teaching proficiency examinations in conducting, instruments or voice, and Piano Proficiency and Theory Proficiency Examinations.

Consult the College of Music and the College of Education for further requirements.

Graduate Degrees

Graduate degrees and majors in music are listed above under Programs of Study. For information on graduate programs in music, consult the Director of Graduate Studies in Music and the Graduate Catalog.

Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia

The Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia provides extensive instructional, research, and performance facilities for composers, researchers, and presenters of computer music and intermedia compositions. It also presents the annual CEMI Event Series featuring computer music and intermedia works created at the University of North Texas and elsewhere, and supports an ongoing program of professional composer residencies. The advanced studio facilities of the division of composition studies are utilized for electroacoustic composition, software synthesis, algorithmic composition, intermedia composition, MIDI applications, computer music notation, digital sampling and resynthesis, and other computer music applications.

Courses of Instruction

Undergraduate Course and Subject Guide

Program Options

UNT Undergraduate Catalog Table of Contents

UNT Graduate Catalog Table of Contents

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