Part of the mission of the UNT College of Music is to affirm the fundamental value of music in educational settings and in society at large, going beyond advocacy to enhance the musical life of the community, the Metroplex, and the region. Learn more about some of the ways we are accomplishing this goal:
- Workshops, Camps and Masterclasses
- String Project
- Denton New Horizons Band
- Hire a Musician for Musical Services or Lessons
Denton, Texas is a city that lives and breathes music. Stay here a few days and you’ll see that it’s a community-wide phenomenon. Every other person you meet is a musician, and those that aren’t have a love and respect for music that borders on obsession.
– Making Music Magazine, 2013
UNT String Project is an accessible community music program that offers Suzuki-based string instrument instruction (violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp) for students as young as 5 years and continuing through the 12th grade. The UNT String Project offers a variety of classes, ranging from the beginning foundations for successful string playing and ensembles to support and supplement school orchestra instruction as our students continue to develop their musicianship.
As a member of the National String Project Consortium, the UNT String Project is dedicated to the dual mission of training tomorrow’s string educators while providing accessible string instruction opportunities for youth and adults.
New Horizons Band
Denton citizens of all ages love music, so it’s not surprising that the community has embraced the New Horizons Band program.
Every semester, music education students from the University of North Texas teach small group or large ensemble sectionals with the band in a mutually beneficial partnership.
The 65 members of the Denton New Horizons Band range in age from 40 to 92, and are divided into two groups: one for beginners, and one for more experienced players. Members come from all walks of life, are both working and retired, and play the entire range of instruments one finds in a traditional concert wind ensemble.
The Denton New Horizons Band’s free concerts draw crowds of 75 to 200 for each performance. It plays regularly for the Denton community at events such as the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, and has even performed at the Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio. Any given year might find the band playing at a local soup kitchen, accompanying a high school choir, or fund raising for local charity organizations.