Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Department of Music at the University of Nevada, Reno 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, 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.


The Department of Music at the University of Nevada, Reno also offers a minor in music. The minor program emphasizes 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.

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.

The Department of Music in the School of the Arts provides students the opportunity to participate in over 25 extraordinary ensembles including band, jazz ensemble, orchestra and voice ensemble.

In addition, the department provides a line-up of amazing guest performers and special events each year such as the Performing Arts Series and the Reno Jazz Festival to provide students with even more opportunity to immerse in music and learn from professional performing artists.

The University Arts Building presents one of the finest acoustic environments for practice, rehearsal and performance in the United States. The building features acoustically tuned practice rooms, large ensemble rehearsal spaces, state-of-the-art recording and electroacoustic compositions labs and the magnificent 280-seat Harlan O. & Barbara R. Hall Recital Hall. Along with the venerable Nightingale Concert Hall and additional teaching spaces in the Church Fine Arts Building, Nevada provides the perfect place to learn, grow and perform.

Internships/career opportunities

In addition to leading graduates into secondary education teaching careers, our graduates can be found among the ranks of professional orchestras, service bands, prestigious graduate programs and instructing at universities across the country.

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