Music (B.A.)

The Department of Music at UNO offers a diverse array of programs to meet your creative and career goals, in one of the most musical and creative cities in the world.

We offer four areas of concentration within the undergraduate degree: Composition, Jazz Studies, Music Studies, and Performance (instrumental or vocal).  In all areas we emphasize creativity, critical thinking, and entrepreneurial skills.  Performance opportunities abound.  On campus, UNO ensembles include choral, instrumental, jazz, and rock groups.  Off campus, UNO music students can be found performing in every genre in the musically-rich city of New Orleans.

Our faculty include some of the finest composers, arrangers, producers and performers in the business, ranging from Grammy-winning jazz artists to members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.  All are active in their fields and bring their expertise directly to the classroom and to ensembles and applied lessons.  Our small class sizes and a culture of camaraderie help students build their own skills, foster professional contacts, and create life-long relationships.

The Music Department is located in the Performing Arts Center, which includes a 340-seat Recital Hall, large and small ensemble rehearsal spaces, and individual student practice rooms. Mac-based keyboard and post-production labs include the latest versions of Finale, ProTools, and other industry-standard software.  Our recording studio, Studio 103, is also fully equipped and offers advanced students the opportunity for hands-on recording experiences.

In addition to our award-winning faculty, the department also hosts numerous master classes and clinics.  Recent guests have ranged from renowned jazz masters such as Dave Liebman and Larry Coryell to the New York-based group Contemporaneous.

Prospective students must audition for admission to the Music Department in addition to applying to the university.  All audition information can be found here:

Department of Music

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