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Performers, Scholars, Educators

Offering Bachelor and Master degrees, the Department of Music has approximately 60 full- or part-time music faculty and over 200 student majors. Class sizes are small and the faculty is extremely accessible. The faculty is encouraged to maintain active performing careers which in turn provide inspiration for their students.

Music programs within the Department are dedicated to the professional training of students in music education, applied performance, and music history. The Department's dedication to student and faculty participation in ensemble performance reflects the belief that interactive rehearsals and live performances teach music students the technology and social dynamics of being a musician. It is in ensemble playing where musical ideas are animated individually, instrument by instrument, but shared as a collaborative experience with fellow musicians and with the listening audience.

The Department's facilities include the 615-seat Nightingale Concert Hall, housed in the Church Fine Arts building. Completed in 1987, Nightingale Hall is renowned for its excellent acoustics and intimate performance space.The Harrah Music Wing and the Clarence and Martha Jones Music Studio Center include classrooms, practice rooms, a recording studio, and several instrumental rehearsal facilities.

Accreditation

The Department of Music is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). In addition, the Music Education program is a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


Explore Your Degree Options

Music, B.A.
Music, B.A.

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You can find current degree requirements and suggested courses and yearly pathways online in the Course Catalog.

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Music Education, B.M.
Music Education, B.M.

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There are three tracks available for Music Education: Instrumental, Voice and Choral, and General Music Education.

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Applied Music, B.M.
Applied Music, B.M.

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There are three tracks for Applied Music: Instrumental Performance, Vocal Performance, and Jazz Performance.

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Reno Jazz Festival
Minor in Music

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There are two tracks for a Minor in Music: Music Interest and Music Industry. Find out exact requirements in the Course Catalog.

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Musicology & History, M.A.
History/Musicology, M.A.

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Composition, M.M.
Composition, M.M.

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Compositions with merit and originality will be performed on stage to a live public audience in UNR's Nightingale Concert Hall.

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Conducting, M.M.
Conducting, M.M.

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Conducting students receive ample podium time with University ensembles, and a lead conductor position of the UNR Campus Band.

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Instrumental Performance, M.M.
Applied Music, M.M.

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Concentrated faculty give personal attention to their students in brass, guitar, keyboard, percussion, strings, voice, and woodwinds.

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Jazz Performance, M.M.
Jazz Performance, M.M.

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The emphasis is a comprehensive knowledge of the multifaceted range of sounds, practices, and meanings known as jazz.

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Orchestral Career Studies, M.M.
Orchestral studies, M.M.

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Students receive private instruction, give solo recitals, attend classes with audition training, quartet coaching, teaching training.

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Vocal Performance, M.M.
Vocal Performance, M.M.

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The program covers the great choral traditions from Renaissance and Baroque, to Classical, Romantic and 20th Century/Contemporary.

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Music Education, M.M.
Music Education, M.M.

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For active music teachers, there are three tracks: General Music Education, Instrumental Education, and Voice and Choral Education.

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  • Department of Music Mission Statement (Click Here)

    Our Mission

    The University of Nevada, Reno Department of Music provides education in the history, performance, theory, and pedagogy of music. Its mission is to help students acquire the skills and knowledge to enable them to successfully contribute as performers, scholars, and educators. At the same time, the Department stands committed to supporting the creative endeavors of its faculty, and to fostering a close relationship with the greater Northern Nevada community.

    To this end, and following the mission of the University as a whole, the Department of Music resolves to:

    • Provide high quality, accredited, undergraduate and graduate degree programs in music performance, education, and research.
    • Offer music courses, ensembles, and concerts that reflect the diversity and richness of the world's cultures.
    • Maintain a learning environment where student performers and scholars may regularly interact with professional teacher/mentors.
    • Encourage faculty to produce outstanding creative work in performance, composition, and scholarship.
    • Serve the University's College of Arts and Sciences by providing Core Curriculum courses and contributing to College committees.
    • Promote the musical life of the Northern Nevada community at large by participating in or sponsoring a broad array of concerts, workshops, course offerings, and performance institutions.

Don't Miss These Events!

Argenta Concert Series
The Argenta Concert Series
September Through May

This yearly concert series presents amazing performances with special guest artists and distinguished UNR faculty. Dmitri Atapine and Hyeyeon Park are the artistic directors.

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Performing Arts Series
The Performing Arts Series
September Through March

As varied as it is exciting, each year the Performing Arts Series presents performances that range from contemporary dance to alternative rock.

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Nevada Chamber Opera
Nevada Chamber Opera
November and April

The Nevada Chamber Opera at UNR presents an annual season of one fully staged opera production as well as evenings of one-act operas and classic opera highlights.

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Reno Jazz Festival
Reno Jazz Festival
April

The Reno Jazz Festival has been an annual event since 1962. The Festival brings talented students and world class jazz artists together for three days of exciting music.

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