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2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Music


Main Office
Music Building, Room 247

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #311367
Denton, TX 76203-5017
940-565-2791
Fax: 940-565-2002

Web site: www.music.unt.edu

Office of Undergraduate Advising
Music Building, Room 260
940-565-3734 or 940-565-3781, 940-369-7545 or 940-565-2381

Office of Graduate Studies in Music
Music Building, Room 216A
940-565-3721

James C. Scott, Dean
Warren H. Henry, Associate Dean
John C. Scott, Associate Dean
Jon C. Nelson, Associate Dean
Joseph Klein, Chair, Division of Composition Studies
Richard Sparks, Chair, Division of Conducting and Ensembles
John Holt, Chair, Division of Instrumental Studies
John Murphy, Chair, Division of Jazz Studies
Jesse Eschbach, Chair, Division of Keyboard Studies
Debbie Rohwer, Chair, Division of Music Education
Eileen Hayes, Chair, Division of Music History, Theory and Ethnomusicology
Jeffrey Snider, Chair, Division of Vocal Studies

Faculty 

 

The College of Music, among the largest in the nation, offers a comprehensive musical environment and unlimited opportunities for the pursuit of excellence in the musical arts for talented and dedicated musicians. The breadth of the musical experience includes the study and performance of the extended gamut of Western art music, the music of global cultures, and the creative contributions of contemporary jazz and the electronic/experimental media.

The depth of the instruction is provided by a faculty of internationally acclaimed performers, composers, scholars, and educators who are able to share their knowledge, skills and insights with the next generation of musicians, from the baccalaureate to the doctoral and artist levels. The entire program is enhanced by the holdings of the UNT Music Library, the largest and most comprehensive collection among universities in the South and Southwest. Graduates of the College of Music hold positions of leadership and influence throughout the nation in the areas of concert, opera, symphony and jazz performance, in higher education and scholarship, and in public school music education. The College of Music, with its wealth of campus concert experiences and varied instructional programs, is a unique asset in the cultural and intellectual life of the university community; in turn, its effectiveness is enhanced by being part of a large, comprehensive university.

The College of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190; 703-437-0700).

Mission

The mission of the College of Music is to:

  • Provide a dynamic learning environment for both future professionals and the broader university community in which each student’s fullest musical potential may be achieved;
  • Promote the highest standards of excellence and generate the most significant professional impact in all areas of scholarly and artistic activity;
  • Support new music and new collaborations between music and related disciplines, and cultivate new approaches to scholarship, performance and education; and
  • Affirm the fundamental value of music in educational settings and in society at large, going beyond advocacy to enhance the musical life of the community, the Metroplex, and the region.

Programs of Study

The school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas:

Specialization: Piano 
Specialization: Piano Pedagogy 
Specialization: Organ 
Specialization: Organ, Church Music Emphasis 
Specialization: Harpsichord 
Specialization: Voice 
Specialization: Orchestral Instruments 
Specialization: Orchestral Instruments – Multiple Woodwinds 

In addition to a minor in music , the college offers instruction, music performance opportunities and performance organizations to students majoring in fields outside music, arranged and assigned through the music dean. In certain cases, music is accepted toward degree requirements in other fields. At registration the student should secure approval from the major department chair.

Admission Requirements

Freshman and Transfer Admission

Admission to the College of Music is contingent on clear admission to the university.

Those students who intend to be music majors must qualify by audition on their principal instrument or voice. Preference will be given to applications received by April 1 for fall admission. For additional procedures and opportunities, please contact the College of Music.

The student should perform standard classical works. Prospective jazz studies majors should be prepared to audition with both classical and jazz repertoire.

Those students unable to audition in person may submit a recording representative of their performance abilities.

If a student fails to gain unconditional admission but shows promise, the faculty may grant conditional admission, subject to re-audition and evaluation at the end of the first term/semester.

Permission may be granted to take applied music at reduced credit until the audition is passed.

Students planning to major in composition may begin the undergraduate program through open enrollment in Beginning Composition I (see “Supplemental Information for the Bachelor of Music with a Major in Composition  ”).

At Freshman Orientation, students will take placement examinations in both music theory and piano. Transfer students will take similar examinations at New Student Orientation during registration week.

Scholarships

In addition to UNT scholarships, College of Music scholarships and service awards are available in the various performing areas, ensembles and composition. Scholarship auditions (which also serve as entrance auditions) are held at various times during the year as announced, both on and off campus. Applicants unable to attend any of the announced auditions may submit recordings with the scholarship application. Applicants for composition scholarships must submit scores and recordings of two representative works. Scholarship recipients are expected to enroll for a full load, maintain minimum academic grade requirements and perform in appropriate music laboratories and ensembles as required.

For information, dates and applications for scholarships and entrance auditions, write to: Dean, College of Music, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle #311367, Denton, TX, 76203-5017.

General Requirements for Majors

Music Fees

Music fees are charged for private music lessons, practice on university instruments, instrument rental (only a limited number of instruments are available for rental), practice rooms and lockers. Music course fees average approximately $55 per course. Total music course fees per semester will average approximately $450 for undergraduate students. For specific fees, check essc.unt.edu/saucs.

All fees must be paid before instruction is given or use of facilities is permitted.

Applied Music

Study in applied music (private lessons) is identified by the categories major, concentration or secondary. The type and amount of applied study is specified in the student’s degree plan.

Applied Major — study of the student’s principal instrument (or voice) toward a degree in performance.

Concentration — applied music study of the student’s principal instrument (or voice) toward a degree in general, choral and instrumental music, or other degree not in performance.

Secondary — study of an instrument or voice in addition to the major or concentration.

Repertoire

A list of repertoire requirements at various levels of study is available from the Music Office. To obtain a list, please specify major, concentration or secondary, and particular performance medium (voice, trumpet, etc.).

Upper Division Examination

The Upper Division Examination must be administered to all music majors at the conclusion of the fourth consecutive long term/semester of study at the MUAM or MUAC 1500 level. It will be given during pre-finals week in place of the Jury Examination by the appropriate faculty, i.e., the area of declared applied major or concentration. The Upper Division Examination determines admission and continuation in applied study at the MUAM or MUAC 3500 level. Guitarists who major in jazz studies will take the Upper Division Examination on jazz guitar.

Juries

During each term/semester of required applied study, the student must pass performance examination(s) before a jury composed of faculty members. Jury requirements are available on request from the music office (please specify major, concentration or secondary, and particular performance medium — voice, trumpet, etc.).

Concert/Recital Attendance

Each student with a major in music is expected to attend a variety of concerts and recitals in addition to required departmental recitals as a graduation requirement.

Music History and Theory Lecture Series Attendance

As a graduation requirement, each undergraduate student with a declared major in music history or music theory is expected to attend all lectures presented in the division of music history, theory and ethnomusicology lecture series during each long term/semester of full-time enrollment (12 hours).

Music Laboratory

Music laboratories are an integral part of the college. Each student with a major in music participates in laboratories each term/semester in residence. Exceptions must be approved by the dean.

A minimum of eight terms/semesters is required for the bachelor’s degree. Graduate students should consult the Graduate Catalog. Credit for each laboratory is one hour a term/semester.

Laboratories are a cappella choir, concert choir, chamber choir, men’s chorus, women’s chorus, Recital Choir, symphony orchestra, concert orchestra, wind ensemble, symphonic band, concert band, marching band, lab bands, jazz guitar, jazz repertory, jazz keyboard laboratories, jazz singers and accompanying. Auditions are held at the beginning of the term/semester and are prerequisite for admission to the laboratory; the needs of the ensemble and students’ preferences are considered.

A Cappella Choir — organized in 1938; composed of 45 voices; has made more than 700 appearances, including annual tours, and television and radio broadcasts; yearly performances with major symphony orchestras; professional recordings; two European tours sponsored by the State Department. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.

Concert Choir — organized in 1940; major performing ensemble of about 50 mixed voices; membership may be shifted from one choir to another. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.

Chamber Choir — composed of 24 voices selected primarily from graduate students. Repertoire includes selections from a broad range of chamber vocal literature. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.

Men’s Chorus — subsidiary organization of the a cappella and concert choirs; membership may be shifted from one choir to another. Gives several concerts a year. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.

Women’s Chorus — subsidiary organization of the a cappella and concert choirs; membership may be shifted from one choir to another. Gives several concerts a year. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.

Recital Choir — required of members of the a cappella, concert and chamber choirs; includes selected members of other choirs and additional graduate vocal music students; performs major choral-orchestral works; more than 100 appearances with orchestras, including the Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth and university symphonies. Rehearsals: 2 hours a week.

Symphony Orchestra — composed of about 105 musicians; has appeared at state, regional and national music conventions; programs include standard symphonic works and premieres of contemporary compositions; presents at least eight campus concerts per year. Rehearsals: 6 hours a week.

Concert Orchestra — subsidiary organization of the Symphony Orchestra; membership may be shifted from one orchestra to another. Gives several concerts a year. Rehearsals: 6 hours a week.

Wind Symphony — study and performance of traditional and contemporary band literature, requiring an advanced level of performance ability. Appears by invitation at state, regional and national conventions; annual spring tour. Rehearsals: 6 hours a week.

Symphonic Band — study and performance of repertoire for the wind band. Public concerts each term/semester. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.

Concert Band — study and performance of standard band repertoire. Public concerts each term/semester. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.

Marching Band — offered fall term/semester only. Open to all students within the university who have had high school band experience. Study and performance of the fundamentals of drill and pageantry at athletic events. Rehearsals: 6 hours a week.

Lab Bands — 19-piece jazz ensembles. Open to all university students by audition. Study and performance of traditional and progressive repertoire. Public concerts each term/semester. One O’Clock Lab Band has won numerous awards and has received Grammy nominations; toured Mexico, Europe, the former USSR and Australia. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.

Jazz Guitar — composed of 15 electric guitarists, bass and drums. Open to all by audition. The music performed is a combination of big band literature and original music, which provide the student with an opportunity to develop reading skills and section playing. Public concerts each term/semester. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.

Jazz Repertory Ensemble — a history-based learning and performing group dedicated to the collection, study, preservation, and re-creation of classic music from the entire history of jazz. The ensemble ranges in number from 15 to 20 students. The group is committed to playing only authentic compositions and arrangements or recreations of classic recorded performances by such jazz legends as Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Gil Evans and Charles Mingus. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.

Jazz Keyboard — the repertoire is devoted primarily to electronic idioms and the reading of notated melodic passages as well as chord symbols. Open to all by audition. Good acoustic piano technique and improvisational skills are required. Rehearsals: 4 hours a week.

Jazz Singers — mixed voices and rhythm, composed of 15 to 20 musicians. Open by audition; required of vocal jazz majors. Jazz Singers I has appeared at numerous international conventions and records annually.

Accompanying — for students majoring in piano and for students with piano concentrations who desire proficiency in reading and accompanying.

Chamber Music

Chamber music coaching is offered under course numbers MUCM 3510 /MUCM 5510, MUCM 3520 /MUCM 5520, MUCM 3530 /MUCM 5530, MUCM 3540 /MUCM 5540 and MUCM 3550 /MUCM 5550. Small groups include string quartets, strings with piano, woodwind and brass quintets, saxophone quartets and jazz groups.

Ensembles

A variety of conducted ensembles is offered under course numbers MUEN 2602 /MUEN 5602, MUEN 2605 /MUEN 5605, MUEN 2611 /MUEN 5611, MUEN 2616/MUEN 5616, MUCM 3617 /MUEN 5617, MUEN 2621 /MUEN 5621, MUEN 2624 /MUEN 5624, MUEN 2625 /MUEN 5625, MUCM 3630 /MUEN 5630 and MUEN 4585 /MUEN 5585. Many groups perform publicly, appear at conventions and tour extensively. Ensembles include brass choir, trumpet choir, horn choir, trombone choir, tuba-euphonium ensemble, wind ensemble, collegium musicum, percussion ensemble and marimba ensemble, steel drum band, African ensemble, gamelan ensemble, Latin ensemble, flute choir, jazz keyboard, strings, classical guitar and electric guitar, NOVA ensemble and harp ensemble.

Opera Theatre

The UNT Opera Theatre presents at least one fully mounted major operatic production each year, accompanied by orchestra, with scenery, costumes and lighting. Auditions are open to all students. Those chosen for solo roles should be currently enrolled in opera theatre courses or have been enrolled previously.

Voice majors take MUEN 3040 - Opera Theatre , as part of their degree requirements.

Music Achievement Examinations

Students must pass all required achievement examinations before applying for graduation.

Upper Division Examination

The Upper Division Examination must be administered to all music majors at the conclusion of the fourth consecutive long term/semester of study at the MUAM or MUAC 1500 level. It will be given during pre-finals week in place of the Jury Examination by the appropriate faculty, i.e., the area of declared applied major or concentration. The Upper Division Examination determines admission and continuation in applied study at the MUAM or MUAC 3500 level. Guitarists who major in jazz studies will take the Upper Division Examination on jazz guitar.

Piano Proficiency Examination — This examination is required of all students majoring in music. To prepare for this examination, all non-keyboard majors must enroll in secondary piano — MUAG 1011 , MUAG 1012 , MUAG 1013 , MUAG 1014 , or MUAS 1501  — each long term/semester until the proficiency is passed. A list of examination requirements for non-keyboard majors is available from the music office. Keyboard majors and concentrations should consult the keyboard division for departmental requirements.

Voice Proficiency Examination — If noted on the degree plan, the student must demonstrate knowledge of breath control, principles of enunciation and pronunciation in singing and tone placement, and essentials in interpretation. Examination compositions are chosen by faculty.

Instrumental Proficiency Examination — This proficiency examination is for the student whose course outline requires brass, woodwinds, strings and/or percussion class. A working knowledge of all instruments is required.

Theory Proficiency Examination — This examination must be passed by each student majoring in music; it covers part writing, keyboard harmony, ear training and sight singing.

Concentration Proficiency Examination — This examination must be passed for each concentration (all majors except performance and jazz studies); it covers applied music requirements through the third year of study.

Conducting Proficiency Examination — This examination is required for students who major in general, choral and instrumental music and who transfer conducting course work from another institution. It must be passed prior to student teaching.

Jazz Studies Continuation Examination — This examination is required for all jazz majors. It must be passed prior to enrolling in upper-level courses (MUJS 3360 , MUJS 3370 , MUJS 4610 , MUJS 4620  or MUJS 4470 ).

Jazz Studies Applied Concentration Examination — This examination must be passed by each student majoring in jazz studies. Performance and Vocal Emphasis students must pass this exam before a senior recital is allowed.

Jazz Arranging Proficiency Examination — This examination must be passed by each student majoring in jazz with an emphasis of jazz arranging before a senior recital is allowed.

Music Education Student Review

This examination is required for a major in general, choral and instrumental music. It must be passed prior to student teaching.

Academic Advising

Information about academic matters is available in the main office, from the division chairs for the various degree programs and performing instruments, and from the degree program advisors (Music Building, Room 260). For further information, see the College of Music Handbook or visit www.music.unt.edu/advising.

Degree Plan

The degree plan is an official document that lists courses completed, courses to be completed, proficiency examinations and all other requirements for a particular degree program. Each student makes a degree plan in conference with a designated music official. The degree plan should be made by the end of the sophomore year. Transfer students should have degree plans made during their first term/semester at UNT.

Degree Requirements and the University Core Curriculum

Occasionally a course required for a degree may also satisfy a requirement of the University Core Curriculum. In addition to taking the required course, a student may elect to take a different course from among those available to fulfill that core requirement; doing so, however, may add to the total number of hours required for the degree. Students who have questions regarding degree requirements and core requirements should consult a degree program advisor.

Bachelor of Music

This degree may be earned with a major in (1) performance; (2) general, choral and instrumental music; (3) composition; (4) music theory; or (5) jazz studies.

The student who majors in performance may choose piano (performance), piano (pedagogy), organ (performance), organ (church music), harpsichord, voice or an orchestral instrument. Additional choices include classical guitar and multiple woodwinds. Four-year outlines for major programs and specific instrumental specializations are listed in this section.

Each student should secure from the music office or advisor the eight-term/semester outline for the chosen major.

Instruction in each area is designed to train students for public performance and teaching in schools or private studios, to prepare them for passing barrier examinations, to develop them culturally, to develop musicianship and technical proficiency, to strengthen sight-reading and the ability to assimilate music without guidance, and to prepare them for participation in church services, orchestras, ensemble groups or graduate work. The curriculum for general, choral and instrumental music majors also leads to teacher certification by the State of Texas. Instruction is given on both group and individual bases.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Music must meet the following requirements.

  1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: Completion of a minimum of 125–136 total semester hours (depending on major, see below); 31 hours must be completed at UNT; 42 hours must be advanced (24 of which must be taken at UNT). Fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree as specified in the “General University Requirements  ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Music requirements.
  2. Major Requirements: Major of 34–63 hours in music in a prescribed field, depending on the program. See specific degree plan for exact hours below.
  3. Other Course Requirements: See individual major below.
  4. Minor: Minor of 18 hours minimum, 6 of which must be advanced. See specific degree plan for required minor below.
  5. Electives:  See individual major below.
  6. Other Requirements:
    • Theory Proficiency Examination.
    • Piano Proficiency Examination.
    • Other proficiency examinations as required in specific programs. See major below.
    • Participation in a music laboratory (MULB) each term/semester in residence, with a minimum of eight terms/semesters.

General Academic Requirements

  • Completion of University Core Curriculum (42 hours). See “University Core Curriculum Requirements ” in the Academics section of this catalog. Some courses required on degree plans may be used to fulfill requirements under the Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, Discovery and Capstone categories of the core.
  • Completion of College of Music Core Curriculum (50 hours): music theory, 14 hours; music history and literature, 12 hours; music laboratory, 8 hours; concentration or major instrument, 12 hours; secondary instrument, 2 hours; conducting, 2 hours.
  • Completion of major program requirements and electives, for a total of 125–137 hours.

General academic requirements for all music majors include completion of courses in the University Core Curriculum, which, together with other program requirements, total 125–137 hours. Consult the degree outlines for the various programs and the list of courses to satisfy University Core Curriculum Requirements available from the degree program advisor.

Majors in general, choral and instrumental music also must satisfy specific Teacher Certification course requirements, most of which are included in the University Core Curriculum (consult the degree outline). In addition to developmental reading, music theory, music history and literature, performance, conducting, and music laboratory requirements, a general, choral and instrumental music major must complete 18 hours of professional education that include 6 hours of music education courses to complete the course requirement of 132 hours.

Teacher Certification

Requirements for all-level music certification are included in the requirements for the BM with a major in general, choral and instrumental music  .

Consult the College of Music and the College of Education  for further requirements.

Graduate Degrees

The school offers graduate programs in the following areas:

  • Master of Arts with a major in music
  • Master of Music with a major in music education
  • Master of Music Education with a major in music education
  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in music education
  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in musicology
  • Master of Music with a major in performance
  • Doctor of Musical Arts with a major in performance
  • Master of Music with a major in jazz studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy with a major in music theory
  • Doctor of Musical Arts with a major in composition

The major in performance offers the following areas of study: conducting (MM, DMA); keyboard or orchestral instrument, piano pedagogy, voice (BM).

Concentrations available under the Master of Arts with a major in music are composition—computer music and media, composition—interdisciplinary emphasis, composition, ethnomusicoloy, historical musicology, historical musicology—early music performance, and music theory.

Concentrations available under the Doctor of Philosophy with a major in music are composition—computer music and media, composition, musicology—early music performance, musicology, and music theory.

The college offers instruction, music performance opportunities and performance organizations to students majoring in fields outside music, arranged and assigned through the music dean. In certain cases, music is accepted toward degree requirements in other fields. At registration the student should secure approval from the major department chair.

Graduate degrees and majors in music are listed above under Programs of Study. For information on graduate programs in music, consult the Director of Graduate Studies in Music and the Graduate Catalog.

Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia

The Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI) provides extensive instructional, research, and performance facilities for composers, researchers, and presenters of computer music and intermedia compositions. It also presents the annual CEMI Event Series featuring computer music and intermedia works created at the University of North Texas and elsewhere, and supports an ongoing program of professional composer residencies. The advanced studio facilities of the division of composition studies are utilized for electroacoustic composition, software synthesis, algorithmic composition, intermedia composition, MIDI applications, computer music notation, digital sampling and resynthesis, and other computer music applications.