Music Education

Music Education

The Music Department offers students the opportunity to study with gifted, nationally and internationally recognized faculty while pursuing their undergraduate or graduate music degrees.

Undergraduate students may choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music or a Bachelor of Music Degree.  Students choosing a career path in the Bachelor of Music Degree may specialize in one or more areas of emphasis: music composition, music education, music performance, music theory, or the Bachelor of Music Degree with elective studies in business.

Master of Music students can pursue emphases in composition, instrumental conducting, instrumental performance, music education, music history, or theory.

Graduate students who have completed an MA Degree or its equivalent have the opportunity to further develop their musical skills in a performance-intensive program culminating in a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Performance.

Faculty

Undergraduate Auditions

The gateway to pursuing a music degree is through auditioning for and being accepted into an applied faculty member’s private studio. In preparation for the audition students will need to follow the requirements listed in the area of your major instrument (e.g. brass,  woodwind, string, percussion, etc.).

Because of limited space, each professor may only be able to accept a select number of students into their studio each year. Your preparation for the audition is vital to your success.

We look forward to hearing you play for us. Thank you for including us in your musical journey.

The steps for applying to become a music major are:

  1. Complete the University of Arkansas Application for Admission.
  2. Submit a Music Major Application.
  3. Ask your two references to submit letters of recommendation to Undergraduate Music Admissions, 201 Music Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Undergraduate Admissions”.
  4. Schedule an audition. Please contact the audition person listed in your specific “area of study” to schedule your audition.

Applying for the Master of Music Degree in Music Education

Interested candidates should submit a videotape of a recent classroom teaching experience.  The Music Education faculty will review the videotape and make a recommendation regarding conditional acceptance for the first semester of study.  Prior to the completion of the first semester, a written examination and/or interview process will be required of candidates desiring formal and continued acceptance in the program.  Following the examination and/or interview candidates will be informed regarding their 1) acceptance into the program, 2) conditional acceptance in the program (remediation in some areas will be required), or 3) non-continuance in the degree program.

The steps for applying are as follows:

  1. Contact Dale Misenhelter, Coordinator of Music Education.
  2. Submit a videotape of your teaching.
  3. Complete the University of Arkansas Application for Admission.
  4. Ask three individuals to submit their letters of recommendation to Music Graduate Admissions, 201 Music Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Graduate Admissions”.

Students wishing to apply for a Music Department Teaching Assistantship must complete a “Graduate School Application for Graduate Assistantship” and submit it to Music Graduate Admissions, University of Arkansas, 201 Music Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Electronic submissions may be sent to music@uark.edu with the subject line “Music Graduate Admissions”.