The University of North Florida is home to one of the most recognized performance-based music programs in the country. With an emphasis on American Music and comprised of dedicated faculty members who are recognized artist/practitioners in their fields, UNF’s School of Music offers a stimulating and personal atmosphere in which students can study and grow. The UNF School of Music is a limited access program offering Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degrees in Performance with concentrations in Piano, Strings. Voice, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, and Music Technology and Production, a B.M. in Music Education, a B.M. in Jazz Studies, a B.M. in Piano Pedagogy and Master of Music Degrees in Performance with concentrations in Conducting, Jazz Studies, Piano, Strings, Voice, Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion.
Since its launch in 1972, the School's limited access status has allowed for a more personal rapport between teacher and student while upholding the highest standards of musical excellence. The countless awards and endorsements that the Department has received and continues to receive is testament to the caliber of the UNF School of Music as one of the very best anywhere. UNF's School of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
The Vision of the College of Arts & Sciences is to provide each student opportunities for transformative learning experiences.
The College of Arts & Sciences is the largest of the five colleges that make up the University of North Florida. Because it provides instruction in the liberal arts, the intellectual basis upon which rest the applied curricula of the four other professionally-oriented colleges, it constitutes the core of the university.
Instructional responsibilities for the college’s almost 300 faculty members extend from the lower level general education program, through diverse majors for undergraduates, to a growing number of graduate programs. The college consists of fifteen academic departments, and also houses a variety of centers and programs, including Pre-Law and Pre-Med programs.
The University of North Florida is a regional comprehensive state university of approximately 16,000 students. Our in-state tuition is one of the lowest in the nation, and our student faculty ratio is approximately 22:1, making class sizes very conducive to individualized attention. The faculty of the university are committed to the "teacher-scholar" model; each member of the faculty is actively engaged in pursuit of a scholarly agenda, all hold earned doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields.
The UNF campus is sited on approximately 1300 acres, with a large portion of that acreage set aside as a natural preserve in which may be found miles of the Robert W. Loftin nature trail system. We are surrounded by thousands of acres of "greenway," with the Atlantic Ocean to our east, huge estuarine areas to our north, and a National Heritage River - the St. Johns - running through the heart of the city. The greater Jacksonville area has approximately 1.2 million citizens; we are a growing metropolis, within easy driving distance of Atlanta, Miami, and Orlando.
The University attracts a diverse and talented student population. Acceptance into the UNF School of Music is recognition of their inherent ability and potential for personal growth. We take pride in the preparation offered for a life in music. UNF alumni hold positions in all aspects of the music industry, including performing in the nation’s top professional and military ensembles, composing and arranging for the industry’s leading artists, touring internationally, and serving as leading pedagogues in music education. While continuing to win national awards, our students have access to performance opportunities as working professionals in all genres. UNF was voted a Best College in the Southeast, Best Value Public College and a top “Green” College by Princeton Review
UNF’s piano lab is one of the finest in the nation, and was the first piano lab in the country to acquire Yamaha’s newest Clavinova digital pianos. Students play on one of twenty-four CVP-501 or CVP-503 pianos with 88 keys and graded hammer action to simulate the feel of an acoustic instrument. Each instrument contains hundreds of orchestral sounds and rhythm tracks to enhance the experience. The lab services courses in both class piano as well as piano pedagogy, and also includes Macintosh computers, a projector, and large display screen, piano pedagogy seminar space, and the UNF Piano Pedagogy Library.
UNF transformational learning opportunities may take a myriad of forms: study abroad experiences; service learning experiences; research experiences with a faculty member; internships, practicum, field and co-op experiences; directed independent studies with a faculty member; learning communities; and leadership experiences. UNF's School of Music students tour nationally and internationally including recent tours to China, Portugal, Italy, the Czech Republic, and South Africa. UNF School of Music students have also performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Vatican, and Mozart's Estates Theater in Prague.
This series, along with other opportunities, has enabled students to perform in concert with more than 100 esteemed artists, such as Herbie Hancock, The Count Basie Orchestra, Joe Henderson, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Dave Brubeck, Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Louie Bellson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Arturo Sandoval, Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Doc Severinsen, among others.