Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

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What will I learn in a music degree program?

The Department of Music at the University of Nevada, Reno provides education in the history, performance, theory and pedagogy of music. A degree in music will provide students the skills and knowledge to successfully contribute as music performers, scholars and educators.

Music students may learn brass, woodwind, percussion, voice, piano, strings, or guitar. In fundamentals and theory classes, they learn to write and understand music; in methods courses, they learn how to teach music. Music students may participate in one or more of the School of the Arts’ performance organizations. Solo performances in class and in public are also encouraged. In addition, in order to fulfill degree requirements, students are required to participate in one major instrumental ensemble.

Why study music at the University of Nevada, Reno?

Students have the opportunity to continually engage and interact with world-renowned faculty and mentors. Small class-sizes and close connections with professors make this music program highly desired.

Areas of emphasis in the music program

  • Applied instrumental performance

    The Department of Music in the College of Liberal Arts provides education in the history, performance, theory and pedagogy of music. Music majors take courses, participate in ensembles and perform in concerts that reflect the diversity and richness of the world’s cultures. A degree in music will provide students the skills and knowledge to successfully contribute as music performers.

  • Applied jazz

    The Department of Music in the College of Liberal Arts provides education in the history, performance, theory and pedagogy of music. Music majors take courses, participate in ensembles and perform in concerts that reflect the diversity and richness of the world’s cultures. A degree in music will provide students the skills and knowledge to successfully contribute as music performers.

  • Applied voice

    The Department of Music in the College of Liberal Arts provides education in the history, performance, theory and pedagogy of music. Music majors take courses, participate in ensembles and perform in concerts that reflect the diversity and richness of the world’s cultures. A degree in music will provide students the skills and knowledge to successfully contribute as music performers.

  • Music education

    The music education degree at the University of Nevada, Reno enhances personal skills as a musician and prepares students for teaching others how to explore their own musical interests and talents. The music education degree is unique in that the result of the program not only enhances the student's personal skills as a musician, providing opportunities for further development, but the program also prepares the student for teaching others how to explore their own musical interests and talents.

    Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education will receive their degree from the College of Liberal Arts; however, students must also meet certain requirements of the College of Education to qualify for student teaching and state certification. Once the degree program is completed, students are prepared to teach music in a secondary education setting.

    Within the Bachelor of Music, Music Education degree, students have the opportunity to emphasize in three tracks including: instrumental, voice and general music education.

  • Minor

    The Department of Music at the University of Nevada, Reno also offers two music minor tracks in music and music industry. Both tracks emphasize the development of an appreciation for different music genres, knowledge of music theory, exposure to the history of music and applied experience in ensemble playing.

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

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