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Street Address:

415 Avenue C, Room 247, Denton, Texas 76203, USA

Postal Address:

PO Box 311367, Denton, Texas 76203-5017, USA


Undergraduate programs


Bachelor of Arts in Music. Four years. Studies include performance, music history, theory, aural skills. Bachelor of Music. Four years. Studies include performance (classical, jazz, early music), composition, theory, jazz studies, music history, ethnomusicology, sound engineering, wellness for musicians. Bachelor of Science in Music Education. Four years. Studies include choral and instrumental conducting, music history, theory, aural skills.


Graduate programs


Master of Arts in Music. In performance, early music performance, opera performance, composition, theory, musicology. An MBA in music business is offered. Master of Music. In performance, choral, wind band and orchestral conducting, jazz studies, musicology, ethnomusicology, music education. Doctor of Musical Arts. Doctor of Philosophy.


Other programs


Graduate program in Music Medicine. A music therapy focus is offered. Courses in music entrepreneurship, performing arts management are offered. Graduate Artist Certificate in Music Performance.

Institution Notes:

A state-supported university established in 1890 as a teachers’ college. It gained its current name and status in 1988. The College of Music is the second largest comprehensive music school in the USA. It sees the jazz program as one of its many strengths, with some thirteen 20-member ensembles. There is an active opera program and a steel pan band. Facilities include the Murchison Performing Arts Centre housing a 1,100-seat performance hall, a 400-seat lyric theatre and a rehearsal hall. The Willis Library contains over 160,000 volumes of scores, music books, periodicals and microforms, electronic resources and some 250,000 sound recordings in various formats. It houses the Edna Mae Sandborn Music Rare Book Room containing first editions of Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Debussy’s Prélude l’après-midi d’un faun, Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, among others. The library also has a collection of first and second editions of Jean-Baptiste Lully operas as well as the Helen Hewitt Organ Music Collections with some films of 15th century chanson manuscripts. There is a complete set of tapes from the radio series Toscanini: The Man behind the Legend, over 1,000 recordings of the Duke Ellington collection, and the entire orchestra library of bandleader Stan Kenton (more than 1,600 manuscripts). There is a collection of early and ethnic instruments for student use including a set of steel pans and a Balinese gamelan. The College of Music is home to a number of Centres: • Center for Contemporary Studies in Music Education offering Kodály instruction (Levels I to III) and an Advanced Kodály Studies program. • Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia housing state-of-the-art electroacoustic labs and music technology and recording facilities. • Center for Schenkerian Studies. • Texas Center for Music and Medicine. • Center for Chamber Music Studies. • The MoUNTain Music Institute - a summer program at Crested Butte, Colorado, with a wide variety of ensembles from the College, stressing interactions with the local community. Member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Last Updated:

December 2022