About the Department of Music

The University of Nevada, Reno Department of Music prepares students for careers in music and beyond. We develop critical thinkers who engage empathetically with their world and make meaningful contributions as performers, educators, scholars, composers, and technicians. We challenge established knowledge and experiences through attention to a diverse and multifaceted curriculum leading to a broad understanding of music. We empower students of all majors and backgrounds to develop versatile skill sets and a confident, creative voice through close mentorship and collaboration. Our world-class faculty and facilities provide learning and aesthetic experiences that enrich communities from the Reno-Tahoe region to the international stage.

Our graduates are found in prestigious post-baccalaureate programs, professional orchestras and service bands, and teaching music in primary, secondary, and collegiate institutions. We equip students with skills in creativity, problem solving, and collaboration that can be combined with dual majors in STEM fields and lead to successful graduate program admissions. We offer competitively awarded undergraduate music talent scholarships and graduate assistantships which include tuition remission and a stipend of up to $20,000.

Our beautiful new University Foundation 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, a state-of-the-art recording studio, an electroacoustic composition lab, and the magnificent Harlan O. & Barbara R. Hall Recital Hall. Along with the venerable Nightingale Concert Hall and teaching spaces in the Church Fine Arts Building, Nevada provides the perfect place to create, learn, and grow.

The Reno-Tahoe region supports two professional symphony orchestras, a professional jazz orchestra, theater and ballet companies and a multitude of festivals and cultural events. Our campus is connected internationally by the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and is within driving distance of Lake Tahoe, the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range and the San Francisco Bay area.

The University of Nevada, Reno is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The music education program is a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

How to apply

We invite you to apply and audition to study music at the University of Nevada, Reno.