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About Us

The UT Arlington Department of Music is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) with a world-renowned faculty and approximately 325 graduate and undergraduate students. The department offers degrees in the following:  

  • Undergraduate
    • Music Performance
    • Jazz Studies
    • Music Education
    • Music Media
    • Music Business and Industry Studies
    • Music Theory
    • Music Composition
  • Graduate
    • Music Performance (all instruments, jazz, conducting)
    • Music Education
    • Performance Certificate in Keyboard
Located in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan Area (the fourth-largest metro area in the United States), UT Arlington is a major NCAA Division I research university with an enrollment of over 33,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The Music Department offers performance opportunities for both majors and non-majors alike, with a full complement of Band, Choral, Jazz, and Orchestral ensembles, including many small chamber groups. Located in the Fine Arts Building , the department is home to Irons Recital Hall, a brand-new, world-class recording studio, and many talented students. The area offers many cultural opportunities for students and faculty, including the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Dallas Wind Symphony, Fort Worth Jazz Orchestra, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Kimbel Art Musem, and excellent theaters. Arlington is also home to a myriad of entertainment options, such as Six Flags over Texas, the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers, Hurricane Harbor Water Park, and more.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Music Department is to further the quest for enrichment and to nurture aesthetics, knowledge, and excellence through studying and experiencing the art and science of music.

The Music Department's 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.

Goals and Objectives

Department of Music Goals:

- To provide a stimulating environment in which both students and faculty can continue to achieve academic and creative growth.
- To offer a quality contemporary education by striving to update courses, course content, music technology, and performance literature regularly and by supporting faculty and student attendance and participation for professional festivals, conferences, and competitions.
- To foster a cooperative spirit with the extended community and public and private school personnel by providing festivals, workshops, camps and clinics and by making facilities available for music events.
- To support research and creative activity as invaluable to inspired teaching.
- To affirm and acknowledge, through the support and encouragement of performances, recordings, and presentations, our faculty members' contributions to the enrichment of the cultural life of the community.
- To become a cultural focal point for the university and the broader community.

Department of Music Objectives:

- To offer curricula leading to baccalaureate and master's degrees that provide students with the training and ability to reach their musical potentials.
- To offer instruction that will enable students to utilize their special abilities and talents in a variety of careers.
- To prepare students for further graduate study and/or professional careers in music by meeting nationally established curricula criteria, performance standards, and academic expectations.
- To provide students pursuing masters degrees opportunities for advancement in their careers, and preparation for further graduate study.
- To provide opportunities in music for the general university student to participate in music making through ensembles, music technology courses, and to study music through elective music courses.
- To provide solo and ensemble concerts as a means of cultural enrichment for the extended community.
- To train students in the technological skills that will be expected of a musician in the 21st century.
- To meet the needs and requests of university musical services through student and faculty solo and ensemble performances.
- To support student leadership and participation in student organizations.
- To encourage students to become active consumers of the fine arts in post-graduate years.  

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