Music -B.A.

(track ares 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) 


Jazz Studies


Program Certificates

Artist Diploma I

Artist Diploma II

(Click major/minor/certificate title to see typical courses for the program)

The School of Music at the University of Northern Iowa has a strong tradition of excellence. The school combines Northern Iowa’s strength as a teaching university with numerous performance opportunities to create a well-rounded program for its students. Much of the success of UNI’s music students is due to exceptional teaching and coaching in classrooms and studios by a diverse, renowned faculty.

Many UNI music undergraduates win top prizes in area contests and earn coveted honors at major national and regional competitions. Graduates of UNI’s School of Music occupy key positions in public schools, colleges and universities, symphony orchestras, opera companies and the music industry. Many graduates secure teaching and research assistantships and compete successfully with other performers at prestigious graduate schools.


Plan of Study

Discover the courses you'll take as a music major in the Plan of Study.


The area of music offers many opportunities and choices. The road you choose could range from teaching to merchandising to performing. The following list gives an idea of what careers are available to musicians:


Pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle or junior high school, high school

College (usually requires significant graduate-level study)

School and college music administration

Independent/private studio

Community ensembles: bands, choruses, orchestras, musical shows


Classical areas

Symphony orchestras, chamber groups, solo recitalist

Operas and choruses

Recording artist or back-up player/singer

Administration work for large ensembles and organizations
Armed Forces; playing, singing, directing, administering, teaching in one of the many organizations in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard

Popular music

Playing, singing, recording

Churches and synagogues; playing, directing, singing of music for worship services

Other areas

Music business and service

Music instrument repair

Publishing, librarianship, therapy, communications

Sheet music and instrument sales

Unique Features: 
  • Excellent ensemble performance opportunities with regularly scheduled national and international tours

  • Solo and group performance opportunities, including student recitals, competitions and possible professional experience, such as playing with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra

  • Outstanding and dedicated faculty who know and care about their students

  • Faculty members who enhance UNI’s music program through their varied backgrounds as teachers, performers, composers and scholars

  • Small classes that foster camaraderie between students and faculty

  • An excellent jazz program including the award-winning Jazz Band I (winner of several Downbeat Magazine CD awards)

  • Participation in workshops presented by well-known professional jazz and classical musicians

  • School of Music Student Advising Board

  • Opera/music theatre performances


Russell Hall

Currently under renovation, many classes take place in Russell Hall. More Information

Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

The GBPAC has several state-of-the-art classrooms, practice rooms, and auditoriums. More Information

Scholarships & Awards: 

The UNI School of Music offers more than $200,000 in scholarships to more than 150 students each year. Auditions for entrance to the School of Music and for scholarship consideration are normally scheduled in February and March. Interested students are encouraged to apply early. Prospective music students may also apply for general UNI scholarships.

More information on department scholarships can found at Financial Aid.