frequently asked questions

How do I get to the Center for the Arts, Keller Hall, or Popejoy Hall)?
What qualifications should music applicants have?
What programs (majors) does (and doesn't) the Music School offer?
What courses would I be taking if I attend?
What are some advantages of studying Music at the University of New Mexico?
What facilities does the School of Music have?
What kind of students attend the UNM Music Department?
Who are the faculty, and what are their qualifications?
What happens after graduation? Do UNM grads get work?
Can I transfer to the University of New Mexico from another college?
What if I'm from another country?
What about student housing and other student services?
How much does it cost? And what about financial aid?
How can I apply and/or get more information?

Q: How do I get to the Center for the Arts, keller hall, or Popejoy Hall?

A: Please refer to the UNM Campus Map for location of the following:

  • Center for the Arts - No. 62
  • Keller Hall (in the Center for the Arts) - No. 62
  • Popejoy Hall - No. 72

Q: What qualifications should music applicants have?

A: Consult the UNM Catalog HERE and access the Music section.

For audition information, click HERE.

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Q: What programs/majors does the department of music offer?

A: A complete list of music degrees can be found here.

Undergraduate Curriculum

  • Bachelor of Music with concentrations in instrumental, vocal, or keyboard performance, jazz studies, theory and composition, and string pedagogy; Bachelor of Arts in Music; Bachelor of Music Education with instrumental and vocal concentrations; Music Minor, Music Education Minor
  • 4 year program of study (4 1/2 for Bachelor of Music Education)

View undergraduate degree requirements HERE.

Graduate Curriculum

  • Master of Music with concentrations in music history and literature, theory and composition, performance, conducting, collaborative piano, and music education.
  • 2 year program of study

View graduate degree requirements HERE.

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Q: What courses would I be taking if I attend?

A: Your degree requirements and a list of all courses offered by the Department of Music can be found in the UNM Catalog.

Q: What are some advantages of studying Music at the University of New Mexico?


  • UNM provides a challenging musical environment with a full range of outstanding musical organizations that meet the needs of students at all levels.
  • UNM students study their instrument or voice with artist faculty who continue to perform on concert stages in New Mexico and throughout the world.
  • UNM students receive caring, individual attention from faculty.
  • UNM is the only university in New Mexico located in a major metropolitan area, giving students access to concerts by the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Desert Chorale, and numerous professional touring groups that perform in Popejoy Hall.
  • UNM music education students study with nationally recognized specialists in the field, and with prominent conductors of bands, jazz bands, orchestras, and choirs.
  • UNM is the flagship institution of the State of New Mexico, with the largest music faculty, the largest number of music majors, the largest facility, and the most concerts of any university in the State of New Mexico.
  • UNM graduates hold positions with major symphony orchestras and opera companies throughout the world and each of the top military bands in Washington, D.C.
  • UNM graduates hold positions on university faculties and in public schools throughout the U.S.
  • UNM bands, orchestras, and choirs are among the finest in the nation, with recent invitations to perform at prestigious music conferences, including CBDNA and ACDA.

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Q: What facilities does the School of Music have?

A: See a complete list of our facilities here.

Q: What kind of students attend the UNM Music Department?

A: Many different kinds of students are attracted to the UNM Music program because a strong diversity of programs is offered. The Department firmly believes that a basic foundation core in musical performance and fundamental skills is the heart of every music program. From there, students can become educators, performers, researchers, work in medical arts programs, compose music, or work in the recording music industry, or they can design their own music programs as they add to the required solid educational background provided by the Department of Music. We offer traditional core courses, but these are supplemented by such programs as Mariachi, Flamenco Guitar, Contemporary World Music, Recording Studio Techniques, Arts-in-Medicine, Computer Applications in Music, and String Pedagogy. Many of these courses and programs are unique to the University of New Mexico.

New Mexico is the home of a rich cultural and artistic heritage that reflects the tri-cultural history of our state. Native American and Hispanic influences enrich many aspects of New Mexican living. This recognition of the value of diversity is also reflected in the diversity of our university's student population. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES; in an article published in Hispanic Outlook, 8/05), the UNM Department of Music ranked in the top 20 schools in the country for attracting and graduating Hispanic students. UNM also has many international students--student nationalities currently represented in the Department of Music include Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Bulgaria and the Netherlands.

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Q: Who are the faculty, and what are their qualifications?

A: Read more on our faculty members here.

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Q: What happens after graduation? Do UNM grads get work?

A: Graduates from the UNM Department of Music have gone on to diverse careers in music. Some of our graduates' activities over the years include:

  • Professional orchestra performers:
    New Mexico Symphony Orchestra (assistant concertmaster, violin, clarinet, flute, piccolo, et al), Santa Fe Symphony (clarinet), Santa Fe Opera Orchestra (clarinet), Portland Symphony (trumpet), Xalapa (Mexico) Symphony Orchestra (trombone), El Paso Symphony Orchestra (viola), Monterrey Symphony (principal trombone), Ohio Light Opera Company (trombone), Boston Civic Symphony (clarinet), Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque (various), Cedar Rapids Symphony (principal timpani), Philadelphia Orchestra (bassoon), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (violin), Minnesota Orchestra (violin), Lawrence (KS) Chamber Orchestra (violin, assistant conductor), Dublin Symphony Orchestra, South Africa (tuba)

  • University and college faculty:
    New Mexico State University (oboe, bassoon, percussion, voice), Pacific Lutheran University (voice), Louisiana State University (choral director), Southeastern Louisiana State University (trumpet), Villa Maria College, Cheektowaga, NY (composition), Yavapai College, Arizona (Voice), the University of New Mexico (theory, piano, percussion, Early Music Ensemble, guitar, voice, musical theatre), Idaho State University (clarinet), Armand Hammer United World College, Las Vegas, NM (clarinet), University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (saxophone, jazz combo), University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (library director), University of Kansas (trumpet), University of Miami (tuba), University of Colorado at Denver (flute), Cal-Poly at San Luis Obispo (music history, guitar, lute), Pacific University (theory-composition), University of Oregon, director of music technology), Louisiana Tech University (flute), University of Arkansas (flute), Youngstown State University Dana School of Music (flute), University of Texas-San Antonio (trombone), Ohio State University (musicology), Ithaca College (clarinet), Colorado College (ethnomusicology), Albuquerque Technical-Vocational Institute (Music Appreciation), University of Alabama-Huntsville (trumpet), Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX (horn, theory), Westminster Choir College (choral conductor), University of Texas-Pan American (low brass), Colorado Christian University-Lakewood (guitar), McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA (accompanying), Arizona State University (Chicano Music studies), El Paso Community College (guitar), Colorado Mountain College-Alpine Campus (voice), Perry-Mansfield School for the Performing Arts (voice), University of Oklahoma (Tuba/Euphonium), Musikschule, Potsdam-Berlin (piano), Benedictine College, Atchison, KS (voice), Eastern Michigan University (clarinet), Northwestern State University, LA (clarinet), Salisbury State University, MD (composition)

  • Public School teachers:
    Albuquerque (band, orchestra, chorus, elementary music), Las Cruces (NM), Santa Fe (NM), Las Vegas (NM), Hatch (NM), Farmington (NM), Hobbs (NM), Jonesboro (GA), Las Vegas (NV), El Paso (TX)

  • Performers in military bands:
    U.S. Marine Band, Washington, D.C. (trumpet, principal tuba, clarinet), U.S. Navy Fleet Band (trumpet), U. S. Army Field Band (trumpet, percussion), Washington, D.C., U.S. Army Band, Washington, D.C. (tuba)

  • Others:
    • President, New Mexico Music Educators Association,
    • Director, steel drum program, Canton Symphony Orchestra
    • Performer, Foothills Brass Quintet, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (tuba)
    • Performer, Bella Rosa String Quartet, Vermont (violin, cello)
    • Performer, Glenn Miller Band (saxophone)
    • Founder and general director, Emerald City Opera, Steamboat Springs, CO
    • Public Relations coordinator, Opera Southwest, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • Free-lance audio director and stage manager
    • Private music instructors & clinicians
    • Free-lance performers, composers: all around the U.S. and abroad
    • Music store employment: Robertson & Sons Violin Shop (Albuquerque), The Music Mart (Albuquerque)
    • Outreach coordinator, Opera Carolina
    • Music program administrator, Albuquerque Public Schools
    • Director, Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program
    • Audio director, stage manager and percussionist, Theater Grottesco, New York
    • Musical director and conductor, Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque
    • Artistic Director, Music and Arts in the Schools at Brattleboro ( Vermont) Music Center.
    • Founder, Marcel Moyse Society
    • Advisory Panel, National Endowment for the Arts
    • President, New Mexico Music Educators Association
    • Managing Director, Brattleboro ( Vermont) Music Center
    • Music Director, Sangre de Cristo Chorale (Albuquerque/Santa Fe/ Los Alamos)
    • CEO Layman Kingsford Productions (Music Publishing and Recording)
    • Awards: American Musicological Society Einstein Award, Medieval Academy of America Elliott Prize, New Mexico Music Educators Teacher of the Year, NMMEA John Batcheller Award for Excellence in Teaching Elementary Music, First Prize-John Donald Robb Composers' Competition, NMMEA Hall of Fame, Golden Apple Foundation Award
    • Authors of books on music and musicians
    • Writers for prestigious publications: Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
    • Recording artists
    • Alexander Technique practitioner
    • Conductor, Albuquerque C oncert Band
    • President, Symbolic Sound Corporation, Champaign, IL

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Q: Can I transfer to the University of New Mexico from another college?

A: The Department of Music accepts transfer students regularly. Please visit the url below for more information. Students who transfer will need to take placement exams like an entering student and, while we do our best to grant credit for work done at other institutions, some previously earned credits may or may not apply or some remedial work may be warranted. Read more HERE.

Q: What if I'm from another country?

A: To learn about international admission requirements, click HERE.

Q: What about student housing and other student services?

A: To learn more about Residence Housing, click HERE.

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Q: How much does it cost? And what about financial aid?

A: To learn about estimated costs and financial aid possibilities, click HERE.


Q: How can I apply and/or get more information?

A: To learn about the admission process, click HERE.


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Last updated on Friday, October 21, 2011 5:27 PM



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