School of Music

Rumble

Rumble

Collaborative performance of "Boom Boom Pow" featuring the University's bucket-drum ensemble
"Z" Big Band

"Z" Big Band

Members of the big band ensemble perform "One More Once"
Jazz Piano at UArts

Jazz Piano at UArts

Alumna/senior lecturer AJ Luca BM '11 (Instrumental Performance), MM '12 (Jazz Studies) talks about her experience at UArts
Studio One Ensemble

Studio One Ensemble

Performance of the Sting hit, "Be Still My Beating Heart"
Trombone Ensemble

Trombone Ensemble

Performance of an arrangement of John Williams' "Olympic Fanfare"

Jazz and American contemporary music are the foundations of the University of the Arts' School of Music, especially in our performance, composition and music business degree programs.

In our Jazz Studies programs, you'll have private lessons, one-on-one with top jazz and contemporary musicians and composers, and perform in many of our 50-plus ensembles that range from our three nationally recognized big bands, to an innovative bucket-drumming ensemble, a 110-voice chorus, a Brazilian samba band, one of our "Studio" series ensembles that focus on an intense recording studio training experience, and more than 20 small jazz groups.

Although our programs of study are firmly rooted in jazz, we embrace all music – from Count Basie to Chick Corea, be-bop to J.S Bach, New Orleans jazz to acid jazz, rock and original music to electronic music. Performing, composing, teaching, music business – you can explore it all in the center of the arts district in a city known for its pioneering roots in American music. Of course, you can also take advantage of one of our four different minor programs and study-abroad opportunities.

Our new and innovative Bachelor of Science in Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology is built to prepare students for the global hi-tech music, media, arts and entertainment industries. The job of recording, producing, mixing, marketing, distributing, selling and promoting music and other media is becoming more entrepreneurial than corporate, and this cutting-edge curriculum will provide graduates with the most current and comprehensive skills they'll need to be successful.

Collaboration and creativity are cornerstones of the School of Music, and our students improvise and collaborate with each other and with faculty across campus, building upon a powerful foundation that includes theory, musicianship, history, music and recording technology, music business, the liberal arts, and entrepreneurial activities, in order to create a style and creative voice that's all their own. School of Music students are creative problem-solvers who discover, challenge and change as they develop as musicians, artists and educated individuals prepared to take the next step in their exciting careers.

Composition

Composition

Composition majors in the School of Music collaborate with students in the Film, Animation, Dance, Theater and Multimedia programs.

Instrumental Performance

Choose your area of study from more than 15 majors, including Guitar, Hand Drumming, Saxophone, Bass, Trumpet, Piano and Drums.

Vocal Performance

The University of the Arts bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance prepares you for a career as a soloist or a member of an ensemble.

Students recording music in the studio

Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology

This innovative program provides graduates with the comprehensive skills they'll need to be successful.

MUED landing page

5-Year BM/MAT in Music Education

This "4 +1" option allows students to earn a bachelor's degree, master's degree and teacher certification in only five years.

Charlette Hove BFA '12 ( Multidisciplinary Fine Arts)

University Common Curriculum

Emphasizes interdisciplinary thinking and collaborative processes as a cross-university curriculum for all undergrads.