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The University of Northern Iowa School of Music is regarded as one of the finest music programs in the Midwest and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Students interested in majoring in music or participating in music ensembles in Iowa will be excited to find exceptional faculty, innovative programs and state-of-the-art facilities at an affordable price and close to home.

The music major under the Bachelor of Arts degree is a liberal arts program for the student interested in combining the discipline of music training with the breadth offered by a liberal arts curriculum. The composition-theory and performance majors are professional degrees designed to prepare the student for either a career as a composer or an artist-performer, or entrance to graduate schools where further excellence in composition or in a performance area might be pursued. The music education major prepares the student for a teaching career and provides licensure in music for grades K-6 and 7-12.

To learn more about what you’d typically study in a program, click on any major, minor or certificate below or visit the music department page.

UNI has the highest number of Music Education graduates teaching in the state of Iowa.


Contact the School of Music as early as possible. We can connect you with your major applied professor to work on a plan and auditions before your arrival.


Music, B.A.
(track areas in general studies, jazz studies, string pedagogy, performing arts management, and music technology)

Music Composition - Theory, B.M.

Music Education, B.M.
(emphasis areas in choral/general, instrumental/general or jazz/general)

Music Performance, B.M.
(track areas in instrumental or vocal)

Program Certificates:

Graduate Programs:


Students in orchestra

The Music Living Learning Community’s philosophy is to promote an understanding of music as a universal language. The community will support students in their development of an appreciation of music in a culturally diverse world. Students living in this community will participate in activities to prepare them for productive lives as teachers, performers, composers, scholars and citizens.


University of Northern Iowa undergraduate students in music may receive scholarships each year ranging from $2,000 to $24,000 over four years. The majority of scholarships may be renewable for four years based upon successful progress and available funding. There are opportunities for both entering students and currently enrolled students.

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Each music major at UNI will choose to audition on and ultimately study one or more instruments, voice, composition and/or music education within an applied studio or program. Programs include brass, composition-theory, conducting, jazz, keyboard, music education, music history, percussion, strings, voice or woodwinds.


96% of last year's graduates are either continuing their education or employed


Arts Management

Popular Music

Jazz Studies

Musical Theater

Music Education

Music History

Music Industry

Music Technology

Music Theater

Music Theory and Composition

Music Therapy

Musical Theatre


World Music or Ethnomusicology


Have questions or want more information? Fill out the form below and someone from the department will contact you directly. To receive general university information from UNI’s admissions office, please click on ‘Request More Info About UNI’ to the right.

John Vallentine, Director, School of Music
Phone: 319-273-2024 | Email: