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UNT's Early Childhood Music program has begun

Babies and young children will experience the joy of sound and musical learning this summer at the University of North Texas' Early Childhood Music program, which teaches children the foundations of music through interactive games and allows parents to participate in their children's musical education.

The program is being held in two five-week sessions on Fridays starting June 5 and Saturdays starting June 6 in Room 115 of the Music Annex Building. The building is located at the corner of Avenue C and Highland in Denton on 1630 W. Highland St.

"It is amazing to see what... Read more.

Graduate student Drew Zaremba wins $10,000 Inspiration Award

When Drew Zaremba was a toddler, he told his parents he wanted to play every instrument in the world.He learned the piano at the age of five and picked up the saxophone when he turned 10. He began composing his own music in high school. Now, the jazz studies graduate student plays six instruments and directs the Four O’Clock Lab Band. His largest endeavor yet was founding the Unity Orchestra, an effort that led to his nomination and subsequent win of $10,000 in UNT’s second annual Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Awards.

See a video of the winning... Read more.

Summer workshops offered for music students of all ages

Each summer, UNT's College of Music opens its doors to music students whose ages and levels of experience span a wide range. From elementary school students, to college graduates, students and professionals, those who want to learn more, fine tune their musical skills, or build on their knowledge of music instruction are invited to apply for the College of Music's summer workshops, many of which offer participants the opportunity to perform in public concerts throughout the summer.

This year, in addition to the many established workshops offered by the College of Music,... Read more.

Current DMA student wins BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship

Congratulations to Aaron Hedenstrom, a second-year musical arts doctoral candidate in Jazz Performance at the University of North Texas, for being awarded the first ever BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship!

Photo by: Melissa Dispenza

Full Article: Deirdre Chadwick, President of the BMI Foundation, and Mike O’Neill, President and CEO of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and Honorary Chair of the BMI Foundation, recently announced the establishment of the BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship, to benefit emerging jazz performers.

BMI recently donated $5,000 to the... Read more.

Wednesday Night Jazz Returns to Gateway

Wednesday Night Jazz performances will continue this spring at the University of North Texas highlighting the wide variety of jazz ensembles in the College of Music. Concerts are held from 9 p.m. to midnight Wednesdays in the Gateway Center Ballroom, 801 North Texas Blvd., Denton. Cost is $5 for the One O'Clock performance on Jan. 28 and $4 for all other performances. Payment taken at the door.

See the full schedule.

The 2015-16 Presser Undergraduate Scholar Has Been Announced

Brendon Wilkins [music education (flute), jazz studies (saxophone)] has been selected as the 2015-16 Presser Undergraduate Scholar for the UNT College of Music. Brendon’s major professors are Mary Karen Clardy for flute and Brad Leali for saxophone (Alex Fraile, applied instruction). He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies. He was 1st place winner in the 2014 scholarship competition of NANM (National Association of Negro Musicians) at the local and regional levels, and he won 3rd Place in the final round of competition in Los Angeles. Brendon... Read more.

Spring 2015 Concert Season Delights Audiences

The UNT College of Music's spring 2015 season brings internationally renowned performers to work with students and faculty, allowing audiences to reap the benefits of world-class concerts. The season also highlights outstanding voice faculty and student performers and the strength of the college's top ensembles and student musicians.

Among this spring's collaborations of student, faculty and guest artists:

The One O'Clock Lab Band welcomes 10-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin for its spring Glenn E. Gomez Endowment Concert. McFerrin... Read more.

Early Childhood Music Classes Begin

The UNT Early Childhood Program provides children a rich musical environment in which they can "play with music."

The focus of the Early Childhood Program is to provide children (from ages birth to five) quality experiences that will nurture their musical development and provide them with the readiness needed for later music instruction.

Spring session starts February 20 and ends on May 1.

Learn more here.

UNT Acquires Gene Puerling Collection

The UNT College of Music has received music written by Grammy-winning vocal arranger and renowned vocalist, the late Gene Puerling, along with musical scores, instrumental arrangements and other memorabilia from Puerling’s widow, Helen.

The Gene Puerling Collection will reside in the Special Collections section of UNT’s Music Library, and arrived at UNT on Oct. 27. The collection will be accessible for the entire UNT community and guests by special arrangement. It will be housed in UNT’s Music Library on the fourth floor of Willis Library. Those who would like to... Read more.

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