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The Department of Music offers the Bachelor of Music degree in preparation for E.C.-12 teacher certification; in performance (woodwind, brass, percussion, keyboard, strings, or voice); in theory; in composition; in jazz studies; in music/business; and in audio production. It also offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in music industry studies.


Goals and objectives for academic and artistic enrichment of the University and the extended community include: (1) offering curricula leading to a baccalaureate degree and graduate programs that provide students with the opportunity to realize their inherent musical potential, (2) offering degree options that recognize and nurture students’ abilities and talents to make contributions of excellence in the fields of music, and (3) preparing students for further graduate study and/or professional careers in music by meeting curricula criteria, performance standards, and academic expectations



  • Acoustics
  • Adjudicator
  • Arranger
  • Artist management
  • Artistic director
  • Audio production
  • Music business
  • Music ed: teaching elementary through high school
  • Music industries: producing and promoting own work and work of others
  • Music therapist
  • Owning and operating a music production and promotion business
  • Performance: local and professional music groups/choruses/symphonies/bands/radio
  • Recordings
  • Road manager
  • Session musician
  • Teaching private lessons
  • Television production assistant
  • Working sound boards at events


Audio Production

Designed for musicians wanting to pursue a career in audio production, students take classes in digital music technology, three semesters of recording techniques, business of music, and an introduction to musical acoustics. Students also have the opportunity to take classes in sound and post-production, theater sound design, and music in film, among others. Critical listening, audio recording techniques, combining MIDI and audio, editing, and multitracking are just a few of the skills that students learn at UTA. Using Studio 301 and Irons Hall, students learn how to record diverse genres of music, such as classical music, jazz and pop/rock. We believe the best audio engineers combine the ears of a musician with the technical capabilities of an engineer.

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In addition to core courses required of all Bachelor of Music students, composition majors enroll in a five-semester sequence of lessons (small group and private), as well as two semesters of computer composition. Related coursework required of composition majors includes orchestration, counterpoint, and form and analysis. Throughout this course of study students create a portfolio of work demonstrating competency in a variety of instrumentation, genres, and forms. Composition students draw upon a deep pool of talented performers at UTA, affording them an opportunity to hear and record their work. A Theory/Composition Lab is appointed with notation, recording and interactive computer software and relevant hardware. Composition majors present a recital of original work toward the end of their studies.

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Music Education: Voice, Band, Orchestra

The Bachelor of Music prepares the student for certification in All Level Choral Certification and All Level Instrumental Certification. When requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree are completed, an application is made to the College of Education for completing courses in preparation for receiving a Texas Teacher Certificate. Numerous courses in instrumental and choral conducting, instrumental and choral methods, woodwind, brass, string, and percussion class, early childhood music, elementary music, strategies and assessment in music pedagogy, and introduction to music pedagogy are offered to help prepare students for careers in music education.

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Music Business

Interdisciplinary in nature, students in the music business program at UTA take courses both from the Music Department and from the College of Business. The program is designed to prepare musicians to work in management, public relations, entertainment law, representation, publishing, marketing, accounting, and other areas of the music industry. Students take courses in music business, digital music technology, and basic audio recording, as well as various courses from the Business Department.

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Music Industry Studies

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  • Every class, lesson, and ensemble are taught by experts in the field and not graduate students. Teachers of record are faculty members in the UTA Music Department.
  • We have a near 100% placement rate for new teachers graduating with a music education degree.
  • Music at UTA gives each student a small-program experience within a large research university. You will be known by name as you get an excellent education.
  • Our diverse student population hails from five continents including across the United States. Every student has a home at UTA.
  • With over 70 award-winning and world-renowned faculty, you are guaranteed to receive excellent training.
  • Performance opportunities include everything from large and small ensembles, solo recitals, opera, musical theater, studio recitals, student enrichment ensembles, and marching band.


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Department of Music

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