Areas of Study

The Department of Music offers a comprehensive program for undergraduate and graduate students. The department is divided several areas, some of which overlap by curriculumn and faculty. Each area work in concert to deliver the best in instruction.


The BA in Music program is run by a diverse group of performers, researchers, and industry-focused professors that help students take advantage of a felxible curriculum to build plans that best fit the student's needed. Each student is provided with a faculty mentor to help plan for student success.


The Brass Area faculty offer private instruction in trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba. With four faculty members, the Brass Area invites guests artists to present concerts and give masterclasses.


The Conducting program at the University of Arkansas includes both choral and instrumental conducting techniques. Most undergraduate students take conducting courses and the faculy offer graduate degrees in conducting.


The Guitar program offers training in both jazz and classical performance practice. Students focus on technique and style, transcription, interpretation, and improvisation. Additionally, guitar students receive instruction in music industry practices.


Jazz Area faculty offer training in performance, education, historical, and pedagogical studies. With a variety of courses and performance ensembles, the Jazz Area offers a wide-range of training for musicians interested in jazz and related fields.


The Keyboard Area at the University of Arkansas trains students in solo and collaborative piano as well as piano techniques for non-piano majors. Faculty and students in the area perform regularly alongsdie their colleagues and classmates. 


Music Education is a comprehensive program for students interested in K-12 music teaching. The Music Education faculty offer training in elementary music, secondary choral, band, and orchestra, as well as music education for special needs students.


Musicology faculty members focus on a wide-range of music topics. All music students take musicology courses in their programs of study. Musicological training teaches analytical and research skills needed by all musicians.


From aural skills to score analysis, music theory is a cornerstone of music training. The Music Theory & Composition faculty offer a wide range of courses for undergraduate and graduate study. 


The Percussion program at the University of Arkansas provides a full range of solo, chamber music, and large ensemble experiences. Students enjoy individual attention while working collaboratively in performance.


The String Area offers training in violin, viola, cello, and string bass. Through private practice, solo, chamber music, and ensemble performance, the Strings Area offers an individualized training for performers and educators in strings.


Students in the Voice Area work with world-class faculty to develop their artistry and hone their craft as young performers and educators. The Voice Area is comprised of four studios providing private lessons and studio classes for students.


The Woodwind faculty offer private study in flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon. With a faculty of six astounding musicians, students learn solo, chamber music, and collaborative performance practice in woodwind reperatory.