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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

A man sits at the end of a piano
Arts and Culture | October 7, 2021

The concert concludes a two-year series of concerts celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth and the lasting influence of his works.

A collection of jazz musicians
Arts and Culture | October 7, 2021

"Looking Up" recognizes the tireless efforts of dedicated students through a challenging school year by featuring student compositions and arrangements.

conductor in front of orchestra
Arts and Culture | September 30, 2021

This is the world premiere of "Children of Fatima," composed by music professor Anthony LaBounty.

UNLV's Flashlight
Arts and Culture | September 24, 2021

The concert kicks-off a series of student performances that are both in-person and live-streamed from Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall.

a conductor waves his baton
Arts and Culture | September 23, 2021

The UNLV Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Taras Krysa.

man with award
People | June 14, 2021

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

Music In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 18, 2021

Human Nature had for the first time performed as a three-man unit in Las Vegas, the highlighted entertainment at the KMA Power of Love VIP event at Wally’s Wine & Spirits’ speakeasy at Resorts World.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
October 14, 2021

While the pandemic has impacted so many physical aftereffects, mental health has become a top priority in society, and musical therapy is becoming more popular to treat stress and anxiety.

Yahoo!
October 14, 2021

The pandemic has affected so many and now mental health has become a top priority, so musical therapy is now becoming more popular to treat stress and anxiety.

Republic of Jazz
September 10, 2021

Looking Up, a 2021 Vegas Records CD release, celebrates student achievements of our 2020-2021 UNLV School of Music, Division of Jazz and Commercial Music.

EIN Presswire
September 9, 2021

Aspiring professional clarinetist promotes peace and understanding through performing music from Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan.

Jazz Times
September 7, 2021

A review of the latest two-disc release from the program's premier big band and eight smaller, varied jazz combos.

Music Experts

A philharmonic orchestra basoonist with expertise on Las Vegas music history and the music industry.

Recent Music Accomplishments

August 26, 2021
Jonathan Rhodes Lee has published an article in the latest issue of the international, refereed Journal of Musicology. Lee's contribution, "Texts, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: Easy Rider and the Compilation Soundtrack," is the first musicological article to take the famous 1968 film as its primary focus. Lee draws on filmmaker commentary, critical...
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...