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School of Music News

The School of Music offers excellent undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students pursuing careers in composition, conducting, jazz studies, music education, and performance. More than 400 music majors study under the guidance of dedicated artist/performers, master teachers, and respected international scholars.

Current Music News

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People | June 14, 2021

Nick Tipping earns Best Jazz Artist for his work with his band, The Jac.

UNLV Jazz Ensemble I
Arts and Culture | May 6, 2021

Established in 1976, the DownBeat Student Music Awards are considered the most prestigious awards in jazz education, and UNLV Jazz has garnered 33 DownBeat Student Music Awards since 2010.

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Arts and Culture | April 29, 2021

The concert is the fifth and final of the spring 2021 live-streamed student performances.

The Performing Arts Center
Arts and Culture | April 22, 2021

UNLV Opera Theatre collaborated with Nevada Conservatory Theatre and UNLV Film to produce "Sur la Table."

UNLV performing arts center
Arts and Culture | April 20, 2021

The concert — "We Are Back!" — is at 7:30 p.m. in Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall

A man plays the saxophone while dancers gambol around him
Arts and Culture | April 16, 2021

The event, scheduled for 11 a.m., celebrates the end of the semester, all we have accomplished during the pandemic, and our hopes for movement and dance for the future.

Music In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 30, 2021

David Perrico’s Pop Strings held residency at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace for four years, and has also performed at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center for the past seven.

The Progress
June 30, 2021

We want our gifts to be treasured for many years. What about the “gifts” that are treasured yet cannot be bought?

BroadwayWorld
June 2, 2021

The Jazz Aspen Snowmass two-week intensive workshop taking place July 11-25, will be followed by the highly-acclaimed JAS Academy "Individual/Big Band Sessions," from July 25 - Aug. 8, led by JAS Academy Artistic Director & multi-Grammy winning Bassist Christian McBride

KNPR News
May 28, 2021

UNLV’s Jazz division is getting some big national recognition, the winner of nine DownBeat student music awards this month. The awards are the most prestigious for students in the world, and they tell a lot about the growth and success of UNLV’s jazz program.

Las Vegas Review Journal
May 10, 2021

Many years ago, a few of us in the Las Vegas entertainment scene started posting #TromboneSolo on Twitter. This was in the earlier days of social media, just as we figured out the value of hashtags.

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 9, 2021

Just days before her death, Mary Wilson was in remarkably high spirits.

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Recent Music Accomplishments

April 30, 2021
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) had an article published by the U.S. Library of Congress has part of its National Recording Registry. This program honors 25 recordings each year that showcase "the range and diversity of American recorded sound heritage." The Registry pursues this aim by preserving original media, making digital versions of these audio...
April 15, 2021
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) recently had an article published by the U.S. Library of Congress as part of its National Recording Registry. This program honors 25 recordings each year that showcase "the range and diversity of American recorded sound heritage." The registry pursues this aim by preserving original media, making digital versions of...
April 8, 2021
Kimberly James, Timothy Jones, Phillip Zawarus, Sean Slattery, Olga Townsend, Genevieve Tremblay, Francisco Menendez, Adam Paul (all Fine Arts), Althea Inns, Ted Weisman (OIT), and Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) contributed to a national online conversation about Envisioning a Post-pandemic Future for Arts and Media Higher Education...
March 3, 2021
Timothy Jones (Music), along with Gordon Hicken, wrote an article, "Standing Out from the Crowd: Producing Your Best Cover Letter and CV," for the April issue of Percussive Notes. A juried submission journal, Percussive Notes this year is making a push toward articles that can help colleagues with professional development.
January 20, 2021
Robert Shipley (Music) is the author of a drum method book, The Art of Commercial Drumming: How to Develop a Solid Groove and Become a Pocket Drummer. This book gives an opportunity to share knowledge and experience in an effort to give drummers the necessary tools needed to help them have the same. An accomplished world-class musician, Shipley...
December 10, 2020
Adam Schroeder (Music) is nominated for two 2021 Grammy Awards as part of John Beasley’s MONK’estra for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, and for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella. This is the eighth nomination the jazz saxophone professor has received since joining the music faculty four and half years ago. The 63rd Grammy Awards show is...