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Letter From the Director An active and vibrant place to study music, the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado is building upon a long and proud legacy of achievement. As we move forward, UNC continues to position itself as a leader in training music educators, performers, and scholars for the evolving musical world in which we are fortunate to live and work. Artistic excellence is the norm here; far from stopping with that, however, the School of Music offers the kind of broad-based training that allows UNC students to enter the field with not only something important to offer, but also the tools that will enable their voices to be fully heard. Thank you for taking the time to explore what we have to offer, and we invite you to make your own contribution to our musical community here. Our faculty and alumni are leaders in education, performance and music scholarship all over the world. The potential for growth here at UNC is immense, and our students and faculty are proud to make contributions to the culture of our region and beyond. The modern musical landscape offers tremendous opportunities, and UNC students, faculty, and alumni are engaged and prepared to be leaders in it!

- Michael Alexander Director, School of Music | 2

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UNC by the numbers: 9,424 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

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Tuition and costs for the 2015-16 academic year. For more information, go to UNCO.EDU/COSTS


Student Fees $1,706

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Financial aid basics:

Undergraduate costs:

Colorado Resident


Room $4,800***

Non-Resident/ Non-WUE

Meal Plan $4,530** Books and Supplies $1,350


$132.4 MILLION Total financial aid awarded


$22.6 MILLION UNC research and sponsored program external funding over past three years Of incoming freshmen awarded grants or scholarships

Info gathered for the 2015-16 academic year.


[1] US News & World Report.

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*Based on 12 credit hours per semester. **Based on UNC 10 meal plan. ***Based on Tier 1 housing plan.

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(A)Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Program – WUE provides reduced tuition to students who are residents of one of the states participating in the WUE program (AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY).

Programs Find the program that fits your goals.

The School of Music is an exciting musical environment where students have the opportunity to experience tremendous growth. Our students are actively engaged in creating and learning about music of all styles and genres.

Undergraduate degrees:

Graduate degrees:


MASTER OF MUSIC Collaborative Piano Conducting Instrumental Performance Jazz Studies Music Education (on-campus) Music Educator’s Intensive (low residency) Music History and Literature Music Theory Music Composition Vocal Performance

BACHELOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION Instrumental Music K-12 Teaching Vocal, Piano, General Music K-12 Teaching BACHELOR OF MUSIC Instrumental Performance Jazz Studies Piano Vocal Performance Composition Business

DOCTOR OF ARTS Collaborative Piano Conducting Jazz Studies Music Education Music History and Literature Composition Performance | 4


Find your rhythm. UNC’s jazz ensembles have earned numerous accolades, including more than 100 DownBeat Student Awards, a GRAMMY nomination, and featured performances at top national and international jazz venues.

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Jazz Studies The award-winning jazz ensembles at UNC offer students performance opportunities in big bands, combos and vocal jazz groups. UNC hosts the annual UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, one of the largest jazz festivals in the country. This major cultural resource for the region brings renowned guest artists to our students for education and inspiration. Our highly active UNC chapter of the Jazz Education Network regularly books guest artists for clinics and performances. The School of Music is also home to the UNC Jazz Press, the largest jazz publisher in the world with more than 2,600 titles in circulation. Learn more about Jazz Studies: ARTS.UNCO.EDU/JAZZ | 6

Music Technology The Music Technology Center, created by a grant from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the National Endowment for the Arts, houses:





Students and faculty have access to a wide variety of technological resources including 48 Mac digital audio workstations in the computer lab. Individual suites provide additional space for digital audio recording and editing, including 5.1 surround sound, digital sound synthesis, film scoring and multimedia projects. The School of Music offers a certificate in Music Technology designed for students who want to pursue a career in music technology or who want to be able to record, produce and market their music at the professional level. Learn more about Music Technology: ARTS.UNCO.EDU/MUSIC/MUSIC-TECHNOLOGY

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Strike a chord. Take advantage of UNC’s state-of-the-art recording facilities. The professional recording studio is used as a classroom for music technology courses. Students have the opportunity to record academic and personal projects in studio. | 8


Music Business The Bachelor of Music: Business Emphasis develops well-rounded music performance students who can market and promote their talent in order to sustain a long-term professional career in music through personal marketing and the use of technology. Study in Music Business at UNC will help you link your unique talents with entrepreneurship skills integral to success in music today.



Watch a video about our Music Business Emphasis: ARTS.UNCO.EDU/MUSIC/BUSINESS

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The School of Music works collaboratively with UNC’s Monfort College of Business to provide opportunities and funding for innovative ideas in music and provide an education that enables students to create a career with their art.

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Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate The Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate prepares students for success in the highly competitive and ever-evolving world of the professional performing and visual arts. This program allows students to develop skills in marketing, self-promotion, and business planning through a variety of curricular and co-curricular activities that allow students to collaborate with other artists to further their artistic vision. Learn more about our Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate: ARTS.UNCO.EDU/ENTREPRENEURSHIP The UNC School of Music has been designated a Program of Excellence by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. | 10

Set your stage. Students in the School of Music perform at the Union Colony Civic Center and other venues across the region and beyond. The new Campus Commons building will feature a 600-seat performance venue to further showcase our music program. 11 | School of Music

Music Performance With more than 250 performances in the School of Music each year and countless events throughout Greeley, students have the opportunity to expand their artistic horizons every day. From fully staged operas, individual recitals, robust chamber music, and community collaborations, our students are exposed to music of all kinds. The School of Music hosts a variety of incredible guest artists throughout the year, giving students the opportunity to work directly with accomplished professionals. Learn more about Music Performance: ARTS.UNCO.EDU/MUSIC

“The School of Music is small enough to be a family but large enough to really expand your musical inspirations.” – Chaeli Ferguson BA ’15 Violin, Current MME student | 12

Academic Studies in Music Academic studies at UNC prepare students to enter the professional world with the broad base of skills needed to excel in the field. Music students gain a strong academic foundation, and small class sizes make individualized mentoring and instruction possible. Graduate courses in academic studies emphasize independent research mentored by our exceptional faculty, and many of our students have placed their work in peer-reviewed publications and performance venues. Faculty in academic studies are active in research, composition and performance. Their work is performed and published nationally and internationally. For a list of all areas of study, visit: ARTS.UNCO.EDU/MUSIC/AREAS

“I love that I’ve never been told what notes to write. Every time I start a new composition, I’m asked where I want to take my concepts. I create a roadmap of what I want to accomplish and the feedback I get is geared to help myself arrive there independently.” – Tyler Dever Composition and Performance Student

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Folk and Bluegrass Studies Study the music you love under the guidance of expert faculty, while earning a degree designed to launch your career as a performer, educator, composer, or industry pro. The Folk and Bluegrass Studies program at UNC welcomes musicians who play bluegrass fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, and bass, and is available to students pursuing any of the school’s existing undergraduate degree programs in Liberal Arts, Performance, Music Education, Music Business, Jazz Studies, or Composition. Folk and Bluegrass instrumentalists who have completed an undergraduate degree may also enroll in a one-year Graduate Performance Certificate.

Learn more about Folk and Bluegrass Studies: ARTS.UNCO.EDU/MUSIC/BLUEGRASS | 14

Ensembles Our award-winning ensembles have performed at conferences and events nationally and internationally. Students have many performance opportunities in multiple ensembles and settings, including: A wide variety of chamber music options, including groups of varying sizes and instrumental combinations Opera Theater, which produces fully-staged productions and scenes programs Five choirs, including Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, University Singers, and Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs An award-winning Symphony Orchestra Five jazz lab bands Four vocal jazz ensembles Four bands, including Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and the “Pride of the Rockies” Marching Band UNC ensembles have received awards and honors including more than 100 DownBeat Student Music Awards, a GRAMMY nomination, and invitations to perform at prestigious festivals and events.

For a full list of UNC’s Ensembles visit: ARTS.UNCO.EDU/MUSIC/ENSEMBLES 15 | School of Music

Music Education With alumni serving as distinguished music educators across the state and beyond, UNC is pivotal in shaping the future of music education in our region. Our faculty include specialists in choral, string, instrumental, and general music, with extensive experience as public school teachers. UNC music education students study the discipline in-depth, and are fully prepared in the art of pedagogy. In addition to traditional on-campus programs, UNC offers the Music Educator’s Intensive, a low-residency Master of Music program designed to meet the needs of current teachers. Created as a teacher’s college in 1889, UNC has education in its DNA. About half of all Colorado music teachers are UNC graduates. Our graduates are successful educators in classrooms from Greeley to Los Angeles, New York to Bangkok, at all levels of instruction. UNC ranks fifth nationally in teacher candidate graduates. Over 30% of the Colorado Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year award winners are UNC graduates.

Learn more about Music Education: ARTS.UNCO.EDU/MUSIC/MUSIC-EDUCATION | 16

Community UNC is located in Greeley, a friendly city with a population of about 100,000. This dynamic, active and arts-rich community brings a diverse selection of performing and visual arts to the UNC campus and surrounding area. UNC students perform regularly in the many local venues that promote live music. Students enjoy Greeley’s proximity to cities like Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collins, as well as the opportunity for outdoor adventures at Rocky Mountain National Park and Colorado’s many ski areas. Everything you need including shopping, entertainment, restaurants and great outdoor recreation is close by. With about 300 days of sunshine, mild winters and views of the majestic Rocky Mountains, it’s a gorgeous place to live. Learn more about what makes Greeley great: UNCO.EDU/GREELEY

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Application requirements SCHOOL OF MUSIC APPLICATION Students who wish to pursue a degree in music must submit an application for admission into the School of Music and successfully complete an audition, in addition to applying for admission to UNC. QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC? School of Music 970-351-2993

SCHOLARSHIPS Scholarships are available through the School of Music for undergraduate and graduate students. Your admission audition serves as a music talent scholarship audition, and all music majors are automatically considered for talent awards. Graduate Assistantships carry a stipend and up to full tuition support.

School of Music application and audition information: ARTS.UNCO.EDU/MUSIC/APPLY

GENERAL UNC APPLICATION Apply early — application opens August 1. GOBEARS.UNCO.EDU YOU’LL NEED TO SUBMIT: 1 Application, available online at GOBEARS.UNCO.EDU. 2 $45 non-refundable processing fee, payable online by credit card. 3 Official high school transcript, sent directly from your high school to UNC’s Office of Admissions. 4 Your official ACT or SAT scores — UNC will accept scores from high school transcripts, or you can request them at ACT.ORG with ACT code 0502 or COLLEGEBOARD.ORG with SAT code 4074. Questions about applying to UNC? UNCO.EDU/ADMISSIONS

For more information visit GOBEARS.UNCO.EDU Your right to know UNCO.EDU/STUDENTCONSUMERINFO The University of Northern Colorado is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual preference or veteran status. For more information or issues of equity or fairness or claims of discrimination contact the UNC AA/ EEO/ Title IX Officer at UNC Human Resource Services, Carter Hall 2002, Greeley, CO 80639 or call 970-351-2718.






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